Job Description

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is seeking a client program specialist for engagement through the firm’s contract attorney and alternative staffing program, DWTSurge. This contract position will work with the Firm’s litigation practice group to help support a high-volume of litigation cases, including small claims and arbitrations, for large institutional DWT clients. Candidates may expect to assist with direct communication with plaintiffs, fact investigations, responding to demand letters, and preparing for settlement conferences, arbitrations, and court appearances. Candidates will also be expected to travel to and appear in court for small claims cases on behalf of DWT clients on a frequent basis.  

Candidates who are willing to travel to and appear in court as needed, who are excited about this unique opportunity to obtain hands-on courtroom experience, and who are eager to learn and be trained on the requirements of this role, are encouraged to apply. Candidates will work closely with DWT attorneys as part of a collaborative team, providing high-value legal services to DWT clients. 

Beyond occasional travel within the United States for specific proceedings and assignments, the work will be fully remote. We anticipate the role will require close to full-time hours, 37.5 hours per week, however we cannot guarantee a minimum hours of work per week. While the engagement is for an initial 6-month contract term, we anticipate the work to remain relatively steady and there is a high likelihood that the contract position may be renewed for successful candidates.  

The selected candidate will be responsible for assisting with fact investigations and the legal defense of various demands, arbitrations, and litigations, and appearing in small claims courts as assigned by supervisors. The candidate will be expected to work collaboratively as part of a team of legal professionals supporting various matters as assigned by DWT and on behalf of DWT clients.  


The ideal candidate will have:  

  • 1+ years of work experience, legal industry experience is preferred but not required. 
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent. 
  • Residency in one of the following states: AK, AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, MD, MN, MT, NJ, NY, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WDC.  
  • While we are open to candidates in several states, candidates must be available during some East Coast business hours to ensure strong collaboration with other team members.  
  • Ability to and interest in appearing in court to handle small claims cases on behalf of a DWT client. 
  • Strong desire to learn the legal support skills necessary to perform the role. 
  • Previous public speaking experience is preferred. 
  • Ability and desire to travel as frequently as needed.
  • High level of attention to detail with a view to thoroughness and accuracy. 
  • Ability to maintain exceptional professionalism at all times. 
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills. Strong dedication to timeliness and logistical requirements for all court appearances. 
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.  
  • Willingness to learn and adapt to new technology, software programs, and upgrades. 
  • Ability and willingness to communicate and handle stressful situations in a professional, calm, courteous manner. 
  • Availability to work full-time hours on an on-going basis. Willingness to work overtime hours as needed or requested.   
  • Ability to work remotely when not traveling for a court appearance or assignment. 
  • Excellent writing skills, strong attention to detail, and ability to produce high quality work product with minimal supervision and direction. 


Please note that this is a temporary contract position managed by DWT’s flexible staffing program, DWTSurge. Compensation will be paid on an hourly basis, commensurate with experience and skill level (see below). This is a benefitted role. Due to the structure of the DWTSurge program, DWTSurge employees are not eligible for the firm’s pro bono, DEI, and other activities or opportunities outside of the above stated scope of work. We are interested in candidates electing to pursue a more flexible way of providing continuous, high-value legal services to the firm and our clients. If you are interested in a more traditional law firm position, please check the DWT careers page for lateral opportunities. 


Salary Range 

The hourly range for this position in CA, WA, and NY is $27-30/hour. Actual pay will be adjusted based on the candidate’s education, training, experience and other job-related factors permitted by law. Full-time contract staff may be eligible for medical benefits and paid sick leave. 


Additional benefits include: 

  • First Stop Health Telemedicine: Speak with a licensed physician or mental health counselor 24/7, covered by the firm 
  • TELUS Health Employee Assistance Program: Receive support with mental, financial, physical, and emotional wellbeing 
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance 
  • Milk Stork: Virtual lactation consulting, breast milk shipping and nutritional testing covered by the firm 

Wellness Benefits: 

  • Peloton App 
  • Headspace App 



Paid sick leave is accrued on a biweekly basis at a rate of 1 hour per 30 hours worked. 


To apply, send your resume and cover letter to DWTSurge Recruiting Manager, Mariah Watson, at We are currently not accepting third party submissions for this opportunity. 

We are an AmLaw 100 law firm with eleven offices nationwide. We are relentlessly committed to client service and look for candidates who share that commitment. At DWT, client service means having empathy for each client’s and each lawyer’s work and personal pressures, business objectives, and legal needs; anticipating their needs; and having the capabilities and commitment to deliver what matters most to them. 

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP embraces diversity, equity and inclusion. It brings out the best of what each individual has to offer and inspires us to build strong and lasting connections with each other, our clients, and our communities. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of the fabric of Davis Wright Tremaine - central to who we are and what we do. Our vision is to foster a culture where all talented individuals - including those who are from traditionally underrepresented communities in the legal profession - can have, and can see, a path to success. We embed DEI throughout our law firm with our four-pillar framework: Community, Growth, Education, and Engagement. We invite you to learn more about our commitment to DEI at

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 As an equal opportunity employer, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP values the diversity of our work force and the knowledge of our personnel. Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) for specialty occupation petitions are displayed electronically in accordance with notice requirements pursuant to U.S. Department of Labor regulations, and public access files are available pursuant to regulation. See 20 CFR § 655.734, 655.760. 

 Davis Wright Tremaine provides reasonable accommodations for those who need them to complete the application or recruiting process and for employees who need reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their positions due to a disability or for religious reasons. If you need to request accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please email

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