Sr. Corporate Paralegal

Administration and OperationsAll Practice AreasPortland, OR

Job Description

At K&L Gates, we are looking for smart, imaginative and hard-working people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas to join us.  Perhaps our search for talented visionaries and your search for important and impactful work lead to the same place.

The global law firm of K&L Gates LLP seeks a Corporate/M&A/Commercial Paralegal for its Portland office. This position will be responsible for supporting attorneys in their busy and growing Corporate & Transactional and Estate Planning practice groups.


Responsibilities Include:

  • Preparing and filing articles, certificates, organizational documents, agreements, resolutions and applications related to a variety of transactions related to incorporation/formation of corporations, partnerships and companies, assist with closing of mergers & acquisition transactions.
  • Preparing and filing various federal and state forms including applications for licenses to operate specific Business/Corporate entities.
  • Facilitate and assist with ongoing corporate governance matters including, but not limited to, preparing resolutions and minutes of directors’ and shareholders’ meetings and other miscellaneous corporate documents; maintaining annual corporate records and filings; and functioning as stock transfer agent in transferring stock of a corporation and maintaining list of stockholders; maintain capitalization records.
  • Submitting filings under federal securities and state blue sky laws including drafting and filing Form D with the SEC and drafting and filing other documents required for selling securities in a particular state. Also, researching and preparing blue sky memoranda.
  • Administer liquidations, dissolutions and withdrawals, including preparing resolutions of liquidations or dissolution; preparing and filing articles of dissolution or other required state forms to effect dissolution; preparing and filing state and federal tax liquidation or dissolution or withdrawal forms; and preparing documents in connection with the distribution of corporate assets.
  • Significant responsibility assisting with trust and estate administration and related matters including but not limited to, drafting, proofreading and executing client estate planning packages; trust funding & distributions; preparation of initial drafts of estate planning documents, including wills, trust agreements, correspondence and other required documents.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and flexibility in meeting clients' needs; strong communication with clients, advisors, and trust officers and the ability to fit into our team-focused culture.



  • The ideal candidate will possess:
    • At least 3 years of corporate paralegal experience working in a corporate legal department or law firm/professional services environment.
  • At least one of the following:
    • A certificate of completion of a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association;
    • A degree from a postsecondary institution with a minimum of 24 units in law-related courses accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization as required by State law.
  • Requirements:
    • Knowledge/expertise in incorporation and/or formation of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, foreign qualification application filing and applicable resolutions, and supporting mergers & acquisition transactions.
    • Experience with trust and estate planning and administration is desirable.
    • Strong skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Visio, eShares, iManage or other document management solution, HotDocs and Corporate Focus, (with experience maintaining cap tables).
    • A highly professional and positive demeanor and demonstrated work ethic including the willingness to take on extra tasks and responsibilities (including overtime) in order to meet client/firm needs.
    • Comfortable in leading and supporting roles.
    • Proactively follows-up on assignments in situations where there is little or no guidance; structures a system from minimal instruction; and strives to submit a flawless work product.
    • Ability to work independently as well as function in team environment.


K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with approximately 2,000 lawyers across five continents. We have experienced dramatic growth in the past decade and now rank among the largest U.S. based law firms in the world.  We take pride in constantly striving for innovation, imagination and an entrepreneurial spirit. We come up with big ideas and then roll up our sleeves to get the job done, guiding our clients through their most complex issues in a variety of industry sectors and across multiple regions of the world.

The industry recognition the firm has garnered in the past five years emanates from the foundation of a global community aligned on behalf of our clients. The people at K&L Gates are committed to working together to create a legacy for each other, the firm, our clients, and the communities in which we serve. We thrive in an inclusive and socially conscious environment that embraces diversity and takes a holistic approach to the career evolution of all our professionals.

To learn what makes us different from other law firms, including our collaborative approach, entrepreneurial spirit, and our commitment to diversity, check out our video, “Grow Your Career at K&L Gates.”

If you agree that we are different from other law firms - and the right place for you to grow your career - please apply for this position.  For more information or to view other job opportunities, please click here to go back to our careers page.

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We offer a dynamic work environment and excellent benefits.


The Firm is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the Firm that employment decisions shall be based on merit, qualifications and competence. Employment practices shall not be influenced or affected by virtue of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. This policy governs all aspects of employment including, without limitation, recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotion, assignment and dismissal. In addition, it is the Firm’s policy to provide an environment that is free of unlawful harassment of any kind including, without limitation, that which is sexual, racial, age-related, disability-related or ethnic background-related.