Careers

Thank you for your interest in Karr Tuttle Campbell, one of the oldest and most-respected law firms in the Pacific Northwest. Karr Tuttle Campbell is a full-service, medium-sized firm — large enough to offer a variety of legal expertise, yet small enough to offer personalized service.  We serve individuals, businesses, Northwest institutions, and government agencies. Ours is a supportive, friendly atmosphere that allows for easy exchanges regarding work product and expectations.  We promote teamwork because it helps us most effectively meet our clients’ needs and makes work more satisfying and rewarding.

Karr Tuttle Campbell respects quality of work and quality of life for attorneys and staff.  One example: We have put our values into practice by reducing the number of an associate’s required billable hours in order to emphasize quality over quantity and to promote a healthy balance between work and private life.  We are committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting minority and women employees with the goal that our attorneys and staff reflect the great diversity of the community we serve. Firm leadership encourages innovation and makes every effort to take advantage of advancements in technology that help us work most effectively and better serve our clients.

We are progressive and flexible in meeting the needs of our employees whenever possible. Where appropriate, Karr Tuttle Campbell attorneys and staff telecommute, job share or work flexible schedules.  The  firm sponsors social activities designed to encourage and cultivate healthy and constructive  working relationships and provides services such as a lunch room canteen intended to make employees’ daily work experience comfortable and productive.

We offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits to employees at all levels.  Our benefits package includes the following:

  • Full medical and dental coverage
  • Long term disability and life insurance
  • A flexible spending account
  • Generous vacation and sick leave allowances
  • A 401(k) retirement plan
  • Profit sharing for eligible employees
  • Transit subsidy
  • Professional dues and support for professional activities
  • Tuition assistance opportunities
  • Annual performance evaluations
Karr Tuttle Campbell recognizes the importance of involvement in community life.  The firm encourages all employees to serve our neighbors by participating in activities and organizations of their own choosing.  Many of our professionals serve as trustees and board members in arts and charitable organizations, including Food Lifeline, Childhaven, and the Seattle Chamber Music Society, to name but a few. Karr Tuttle Campbell volunteers also provide legal advice to residents at the Seattle Emergency Housing Services and Downtown Seattle Bankruptcy Clinic.  Caring about and participating in the community is integral to our philosophy.

Summer Associate Program / Associates

Summer Associate Program

Our Summer Associate Program is designed to provide law students a realistic view of the practice and culture of our firm.  Our comprehensive program provides law students with exposure to a wide range of practice areas through challenging and diverse work assignments, opportunities to observe trials, hearings, depositions, negotiations, and client conferences.   Each summer associate is assigned an associate-level mentor that carefully monitors their work assignments and experiences over the course of the summer.  For each assignment, the summer associate will also receive guidance and constructive feedback from a supervising attorney on the quality of their work.  In addition, the firm hosts a number of social events giving summer associates the opportunity to interact with all of our attorneys in an informal setting.

We have historically hired on average two 2L summer associates each year, although the details vary from year to year. Our Summer Associate Program is the primary means through which we grow the firm and we do not hire more summer associates than we will be able to accommodate as associates.  We typically require summer associates to make a ten-week commitment.  Our salary is commensurate with similarly-sized firms in Seattle.

Karr Tuttle Campbell usually participates in on-campus interviews (OCIs) each August at the University of Washington Law School and Seattle University Law School.   We also do our best to engage with students at other schools who are interested in returning to Seattle.  If you are a rising 2L attending a law school where we do not conduct OCIs and you wish to apply for a position in our 2024 Summer Associate Program, please send your resume, a cover letter, and a copy of your recent transcript to Heather Hattrup at moc.elttutrraknull@purttahh.

Karr Tuttle Campbell is deeply committed to advancing diversity in the legal profession by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse law students.  As part of this commitment, we also hire diverse 1L law students through the Legal Employers Advancing Diversity (LEAD) program in Washington state.

Associates

Karr Tuttle Campbell hires its associates with the hope that they will ultimately be invited to become shareholders. Thus, the firm does not employ a large number of associates with the expectation of forced attrition. Typically, we assign new associates to one of our practice departments.  At the same time we encourage associates to devote a portion of their time to other practice areas.  We believe this encourages development of well-rounded skills and facilitates the pursuit of new directions in the law as attorneys’ interests change and are refined over time. A shareholder works with each new associate as he or she makes the transition from law school to private practice.

Even though associates at Karr Tuttle Campbell work with experienced shareholders, they also handle matters on their own. Case responsibility and client contact are important aspects of the associate experience. An open-door policy on the part of senior attorneys and managers  provides opportunities for valuable, informal training and development.

To help our associates develop as professionals and to foster their progress toward shareholder status, we devote considerable time and effort to assessing their work and progress individually.  We conduct formal associate evaluations annually, soliciting input from all shareholders in the firm.  An Associate Evaluation Committee interviews each associate, identifies areas in which he or she can improve in effectiveness, and encourages feedback and commentary from the associate.  Karr Tuttle Campbell compensates associates at a level that is competitive with firms of comparable size in the Pacific Northwest. The firm recognizes superior associate performance by rewarding bonuses.

Lateral Attorneys

Karr Tuttle Campbell is often interested in talking to a practicing attorney who is considering a move of his or her practice to a different firm.  Typically, attorney applicants who fit in well here are those who have demonstrated outstanding academic accomplishment and writing skills, get along well with a diverse group of people, take pride in personal achievements, value involvement in the community and are entrepreneurial.  Growth for growth’s sake is not our agenda.  However a candidate who is a comfortable cultural fit and can add strength to our firm in the form of transportable business or a unique or highly marketable skill set, will find a favorable environment here to support a flourishing career.  We invite your confidential inquiry.

Marguerite Sandico
Director of Human Resources
Karr Tuttle Campbell
701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3300
Seattle, WA 98104

Non-Attorney Professional

In a mobile society, where change is the norm and movement is often seen as progress, Karr Tuttle Campbell has an extraordinarily stable professional staff.  Competitive pay and comprehensive benefits do their part to attract applicants and an atmosphere that respects and encourages professionalism, offers reasons to stay.  Employee longevity here is not unusual; it is the rule.  We like to think that is largely because the firm allows our people room to grow.

From office support workers to department managers, non-attorneys make up half of Karr Tuttle Campbell’s work force and include a large number who have been on the job for decades.  Our professionals include receptionists, legal secretaries, paralegals, specialists in information technology and litigation support, as well as library, accounting, finance and human resources personnel.  A firm culture that cultivates teamwork, allows cross-training and provides exposure to multiple disciplines means opportunities for employees to find their own best fit.

Openings

Controller

Karr Tuttle Campbell, P.S., a Seattle, WA based legal services firm, is seeking a Controller to manage and oversee the day-to-day financial functions of the firm.  The Controller will report to and work directly with the President.  The Controller will also work closely with the firm’s Board of Directors, Practice Group Chairs, Human Resources Director, Technology Director, Marketing and Business Development Coordinator, and Facility and Records Manager.  The Controller enjoys extensive input into the Firm’s strategic direction, and tactical efforts which support that direction.

The Controller manages the accounting operations of the organization, including billing, financial statements, general ledger, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, budgeting, tax compliance, revenue recognition, and various special analysis.  Protects assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls and compliance to regulations.  Responsible for firm’s timely submittal of all local, state and federal tax reports.  Approves all firm related purchases and expense invoices.  Responsible for financial projections, reports and other financial functions.  Provides statistical data, reports and advice in connection with a variety of cutting-edge projects, such as Alternative Fee Arrangements, rate negotiations, attorney compensation, competitive intelligence, client team efforts, practice group efforts, and projects designed to position the Firm for financial and operational success.

The Controller also provides leadership, training, support, feedback, and encouragement to the Financial Department’s personnel.

The new Controller will work with the current CFO if necessary, prior to, or after the current CFO’s retirement.  The current CFO has been with the Firm for over 25 years.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Directs and maintains responsibility for all financial functions of the Firm, acting as a key strategic business advisor.
  • Maintains and improves the integrity of the firm’s financial practices, and oversees relationships with financial institutions, auditors, and CPAs.
  • Evaluates, implements, and supports the effectiveness of internal financial controls.
  • Assists in the implementation of financial and business tactics that further the Firm’s strategic plan, providing support and input to the President, Firm Directors, Practice Group Leaders, and Firm Officers.
  • Oversees and participates in cash management, budgeting, billing, collections, vendor payments, payroll, internal and external audits, and retirement plan issues.
  • Leads and manages a professional staff of 5, which includes an Accounting Manager, Billing, Payables, Accounts Receivable, and Collections.
  • Assists the firm’s IT staff and strategic planning including evaluation and implementation of new software and systems, as well as development of custom applications.
  • Assists the firm’s marketing and business development efforts.
  • Collaborate with the firm’s HR Director to assist facilities and records management functions.
  • Optimizes the performance of the Finance Department, ensuring accurate handling of daily transactions while continuing to provide excellent customer service to the partners, attorneys, and staff.
  • Hires, trains, evaluates, and develops Finance Department staff.
  • Performs timely and complex financial analyses in order to provide input on the Firm’s business transactions and strategic initiatives. Creates profitability and cost-benefit analysis reports as well as evaluation of possible lateral combinations.
  • Prepares and distributes monthly partnership financial reports, including productivity and financial statements. Evaluates effectiveness of the report package and recommends changes as needed.
  • Manages Associate Attorney compensation bonus system along with President and Board Members.
  • Monitors trends and performs benchmarking within the legal industry. Provides input, recommendations, and insights to key stakeholders.
  • Participates in various Firm Committees, including but not limited to Finance, 401(k), Insurance, Risk Management, and in the efforts of the Firm’s Practice Groups.
  • Refine financial operations strategies.
  • Communicate financial policies to employees and respond to inquiries.
  • Assist human resources (HR) to supplement and develop Firm core teams.
  • Oversee the implementation of Firm financial strategies.
  • Develop Firm financial growth strategies and initiatives.

About the Candidate:

  • Must be dynamic, and resourceful with strong leadership and management skills.
  • Five to ten years of experience required; Legal industry preferred, but not necessary.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be able to provide clear, precise, and well-substantiated explanations of financial events and trends.  Comfortable with presentations to groups of attorneys.
  • Ability to maintain Firm confidentiality.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work well, individually and in teams, with a diverse group of people. Excellent people skills required.
  • Comfortable and skillful with hands-on approach in situations where tasks and analyses cannot be delegated.
  • Ability to bring and manage meaningful change and participate in Process Improvement and Project Management initiatives.
  • Strong technical accounting knowledge, including an understanding of GAAP, tax requirements of governmental agencies, and general auditing procedures.
  • Demonstrated understanding of billing/accounting system software. Karr Tuttle Campbell utilizes SurePoint LMS.  Knowledge of writing custom SQL’s reports a plus.
  • Bachelor’s in Business Management, Accounting, or Finance. MBA strongly encouraged.

Hiring Summary:

Karr Tuttle Campbell provides its employees with highly competitive salaries and benefits, a great work environment, stability, generous paid-time off, and a 401(k) plan.  Employees are recognized and rewarded for their achievements through annual performance evaluations and salary reviews.

Karr Tuttle Campbell is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees in full compliance with all state, federal and local laws prohibiting discrimination based upon, race, color, national origin, gender identity, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status, religion, sexual orientation, or other status protected by law.  This applies to all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfer, demotion, discipline and discharge.

About Karr Tuttle Campbell:

With approximately 60 attorneys, Karr Tuttle Campbell is a full-service law firms based in Seattle, Washington.  We serve the legal needs of the people, businesses, and industries that drive the regional economy.  We are particularly dedicated to serving mid-cap and emerging companies with significant operations throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  Karr Tuttle Campbell provides effective and efficient solutions, and creative strategies.  Karr Tuttle Campbell has a reputation of providing these services with exceptional value.

Karr Tuttle Campbell serves clients in numerous industries, including aviation, established and emerging technology, software services, manufacturing, labor and employment, drilling and exploration, telecommunications, retail, food and beverage, construction, contracting, banking, financial services, international trade, electronic gaming, education, health care services, refining, real estate and emerging markets.

We assist clients with acquisition or divestiture of businesses and assets, entering new markets, raising capital, obtaining or defending intellectual property rights, defending and prosecuting lawsuits, complying with regulatory requirements, developing and distributing products and services, and a wide range of other services.

Karr Tuttle Campbell enjoys and prides itself in working closely with local and regional businesses – ensuring they have the people, resources, and legal talent required to maintain or grow their leadership in the region.

All interested candidates please submit your curriculum vitae and references to J. Dino Vasquez at moc.elttutrraknull@zeuqsavd and Marguerite Sandico at moc.elttutrraknull@ocidnasm.  All inquiries will be kept confidential.


2024 Summer Associate

We have met our needs for our 2023 Summer Associate Program. If you are interested in our 2024 program, we will be accepting applications June 2023. We will consider law students who will have completed two years of law school by the summer of 2023; and applicants who have demonstrated outstanding academic accomplishment and writing skills, have the ability to get along with a diverse group of attorneys, pride themselves in their own personal achievements, and have been and wish to be involved in the community. If you are interested in a summer associate position, please submit your letter of interest, resume, transcript, and a short writing sample to the address below. PDF FORMAT ONLY.

Heather Hattrup
Summer Associate Coordinator
Karr Tuttle Campbell
701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3300
Seattle, WA 98104
moc.elttutrraknull@purttahh

Karr Tuttle Campbell is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veterans, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, social and recreational activities and termination.

 

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