Job Details

Experienced Paralegal - Criminal Firm (willing to relocate qualified candidate)

Company name

Flaherty & Merrifield

Organization Type

Law Firm

Job Type

Legal Staff

Date Last Verified

Jun 10, 2021

Posted on

Jul 06, 2020


Fort Walton Beach, FL, United States


Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Fast-paced Ft. Walton Beach, FL criminal defense firm looking for an experienced paralegal. We offer a competitive and rewarding team environment. We encourage collaboration and seek a candidate with an attitude for excellence to join our team.

*willing to assist in relocation of a qualified candidate*

In order to be considered for this position, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Experience as a Paralegal (preferably criminal)
  • Willingness to show initiative and collaborate on legal issues
  • Professional appearance and attitude
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients and staff and act as a client liaison for attorneys
  • Comprehension and comfort with efiling systems
  • Comprehension and comfort with databases (ex: dropbox, case management software, etc.)
  • Ability to triage phone calls and respond to clients appropriately
  • Ability to work independently, anticipate critical issues, and collaborate for a resolution
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal and emotional problem-solving skills
  • Ability to prioritize with shifting demands
  • Attend and assist in court proceedings and trial
  • Prepare for client intake/client meetings
  • Maintain client records/files/financials/court calendar
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • A team attitude
  • Ability to multi-task
  • High-level organization
  • Strong grammar and writing skills
  • Strong ability to research and write legal memoranda, subpoenas, and motions
  • Must possess strong MS Office skills

Criminal law is 24/7. Our firm offers an after-hours call service to clients and potential new clients. Phone rotation for potential new or emergency calls will be required on evenings and weekends.

We are looking for a candidate that has the same vision we do; excellent service to clients, excellence in our advocacy, and a desire to grow. We offer chances for growth and advancement. We pride ourselves on offering the most comprehensive advocacy to our clients. We only practice criminal law which includes lower-level misdemeanors to murder.

Criminal law is a high-stress environment. Most clients seek our help when they are experiencing the lowest point in their lives. It is imperative that their legal team understands and can offer a solution. As a team member, everyone in the firm works together to ease the client and provide the advocacy needed. We don’t judge. We defend.

This is a full-time position. Hours are 830-500pm, Monday-Friday

We offer 401K, paid time off, and paid court holidays. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements for consideration.

Company info

Flaherty & Merrifield

Company Profile

We are a two-attorney firm with 2 legal assistants. We have been practicing since 2004 and have been continuously growing. We are looking for a paralegal to add to our team. Our central office is in Ft. Walton Beach. This position requires full time employment at the Ft. Walton Beach office. We have 2 satellite offices that are not currently staffed. Satellite offices may be staffed in the future. We are looking for the right fit for the firm. Simply, we are willing to relocate and compensate the right candidate. So, what can you expect with F&M? Although we are a small firm practicing only criminal defense, we are a very fast-paced environment. We have built a strong reputation of excellence and constantly develop creative solutions to highly complex criminal matters. We are looking for a candidate that wants to be involved and wants a career, not a job. We do not want someone who punches a time clock. We want collaboration and someone who can empathize with our clients. While we do handle smaller misdemeanor cases, our forte is felony cases. We have become a “go to firm” for people charged with serious sexual offenses and serious felonies facing prison. Most cases we defend involve high stakes and life-ending implications. For that reason, it is imperative that we find the right candidate who can balance compassion, level-headedness, and professionalism.

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