Career Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with Carney Badley Spellman.

We are a leading law firm in Seattle Washington.  Our clients include individuals, startups, closely-held businesses and Fortune 500 companies with offices in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States.

Carney Badley Spellman is continuously searching for highly skilled attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants and administrative staff to provide the highest level of service to our clients, are effective contributors and mentors to others within our firm and to our local communities.

We value and foster an environment that encompasses a culture of diversity, collegiality, respect and professional growth.  Our employees come from diverse backgrounds and educations. We understand our employees are our greatest assets and essential to achieving the goals of our firm.

We believe providing benefits to our employees that include dependents and families is essential everyone’s overall health and vitality.

  • Medical & Health Care Savings Account
  • Dental
  • Life & Disability
  • Paid Family Leave
  • Long Term Care
  • Retirement:  401k, Safe Harbor, Profit Sharing
  • Transportation subsidy
  • Employee Assistance Program

If you would like to submit your resume and cover letter, please send a .doc or PDF file as an attachment to  Please include the position you would like to apply for in the subject line.

2018 Positions Available


Carney Badley Spellman, P.S. seeks a business associate attorney with a minimum of 3 years of experience with general corporate, M&A transactions and other complex debt and equity transactions. The ideal candidate will have a strong academic and legal background. Experience should include forming entities, providing due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, drafting and negotiating transaction documents, commercial agreements and corporate documents, processing and negotiating finance documents.

Please send cover letter and resume to Deborah Dillard,


Carney Badley Spellman, P.S. seeks a tax attorney.  Candidate should have a transferable book of business and minimum of 5 years of experience in Washington state and local taxes. A combination of federal and state/local tax practice a plus.  Seeking attorney who can advise individuals, startups, mid-size businesses, and national and international companies on tax audit and compliance issues, tax appeals, and tax planning, including but not limited to, sales tax, gross receipts taxes, real estate excise tax, property taxes, cigarette and tobacco taxes, credits and deferrals, and matters involving M&A deals to prevent or reduce potential tax assessments.  The ideal candidate will have experience in handling state and local tax appeals before administrative agencies (e.g., Washington Department of Revenue, county boards of equalization, state Board of Tax Appeals) and all levels of the Washington courts (Superior Court, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court), as well as experience working on legislation and agency rule-making. LL.M in tax or CPA desired but not required.

Please send cover letter and resume to Deborah Dillard,


Carney Badley Spellman, P.S. is a mid-size downtown Seattle law firm searching for candidates to fill a full-time estate planning and probate administrative paralegal position.

The candidate will assist attorneys with drafting estate planning documents, as well as probate and trust administration. Candidate must have at least 5 years of experience in drafting documents, filing court documents and opening probates. Candidate needs to be proficient in Excel, Estate and Gift Tax software (e.g. GEMS) and preferably ProLaw document management.  Candidate should be comfortable interacting with clients, as well as have strong oral and written communication skills.

Responsibilities include:

Probate and Estate Administration


  • Coordinate the transfer of assets into trusts, including bank accounts, stock transfers and real estate deeds.
  • Assist the Trustee in making distributions.
  • Perform routine trust accounting.
  • Review Wills for creation and direction of testamentary trusts.
  • Correspond and communicate with trusts’ grantors and beneficiaries.
  • Obtain tax identification number for trust.
  • Draft pleadings appointing or substituting trustees.
  • Prepare schedule of allocations to trusts under will.

Estate Administration

  • Prepare and maintain a calendar system, noting important estate administration deadlines and court appearances.
  • Determine whether decedent left a Will and, if it exists, location of Will.
  • Obtain the Will and draft necessary documents to file will with probate court.
  • Review will provisions and report to attorney.
  • Order certified copies of documents, such as the death certificate.
  • Draft documents to commence a probate proceeding; file the same with the probate court.
  • Evaluate assets (as of date of death and alternate valuation date); verify bank balances and prepare inventory.
  • Obtain taxpayer I.D. number for estates from the IRS.
  • Arrange for notice to creditors to be published in a local newspaper.
  • Be (or get) authorized to appear in the Ex Parte department of the Superior Court, so the Candidate can appear in court of uncontested probate and trust matters, such as opening a probate.
  • Review creditors’ claims.
  • Obtain IRS Form 712 from life insurance companies.
  • Obtain and review income tax returns and other financial records.
  • Determine if formal appraisals are necessary and assist the attorney and appraiser.
  • Draft distribution schedule and, as appropriate, coordinate and/or direct the distribution of assets.
  • Maintain estate records.
  • Determine the documentation necessary to effect sale or transfer of probate and non-probate assets including real estate, securities, bank accounts, other case earnings, promissory notes, mortgages, automobiles, and recreational vehicles.
  • Draft Form 706 and Washington Estate Tax Return.
  • Draft Form 709, Federal Gift Tax Return.
  • Obtain federal and state tax clearance.
  • Collect documentation for audits of tax returns.
  • Review pertinent documents and conduct research relating to tax filings.
  • Draft all routine documents in a probate proceeding.
  • Draft disclaimers.
  • Draft deeds and real estate excise tax affidavits.
  • Obtain title reports.
  • Obtain County Assessor records as on parcel of real estate.
  • Record deeds with County Recorder.

Please send cover letter and resume to Deborah Dillard,


Our corporate transaction business assistants and paralegals work closely with our clients and team of attorneys to form and maintain corporate entities, partnerships and LLCs. They also assist our attorneys and clients with mergers and acquisitions, financing, licensing and general corporate agreements. Job Description and Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:

  • Formation of Corporate Entities, Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies.
  • Draft notices of organizational meetings and resolutions to be adopted.
  • Draft minutes of organizational meeting of incorporator(s), stockholders or board of directors, or written consents in lieu of meeting.
  • Prepare stock certificates.
  • File documents to obtain business licenses.
  • Draft UCC financing statements
  • Process Form D filings.
  • Create and maintain due diligence checklists for M&A transactions and financings.
  • Prepare closing files/notebooks.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years complex corporate law and transactional experience, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience, proven exceptional work ethics and a strong commitment to delivering quality legal services. We also look for candidates who follow through with promptness, are pro-active thinkers, excellent communicators (verbal and written), committed to technology and can work well within a team atmosphere. Being organized is absolute as you will be working in a very fast-paced environment.

Please send cover letter and resume to Deborah Dillard,

Carney Badley Spellman is an Equal Opportunity Employer.