Why Fenton & Keller?

Fenton and Keller is an established yet progressive law firm which values its clients and employees and is committed to excellence in the practice of law. We believe that attorneys and staff working in a challenging and supportive professional environment that rewards success, diligence, and efficiency are best able to serve the needs of the firm’s clients and achieve satisfaction in their personal and professional lives. For this reason, we strive to maintain a collegial workplace that values quality and integrity in the practice of law and in our relationships with our clients, with the community, and with each other.

Why Monterey?

The Monterey Bay region has a worldwide reputation for its superb climate, colorful history and culture, exquisite cuisine, and unsurpassed natural beauty. From the beaches and rocky outcrops of the Pacific Coast to the peaks of the Santa Cruz and Santa Lucia Mountains, the Monterey Bay area offers something for everyone. Like islands apart from the busy urban centers of California, Monterey County’s cities, towns, villages and rural areas offer an opportunity for a unique quality of life, while more urban attractions are available in the San Francisco Bay area, just a few hours’ drive to the north. The Monterey area’s vibrant economy is based on a diversified agricultural industry and a year-round visitor-serving sector, and many technology and service related businesses both large and small. Many public and private educational institutions, several of which focus on language, technology, or marine-related fields, provide educational opportunities to local residents and students from around the United States and the world.

Career Opportunities at Fenton & Keller


Business Operations Officer

Job Description

We are a well-established and growing 21 attorney firm seeking a full time Business Operations Officer to work directly with the firm’s shareholders and manage all business operations of the firm.  This is an executive-level position for a Business Operations Officer who will be responsible for a wide range of activities in all phases of administration, personnel, finances, facilities, and business systems. Significant hands-on systems management experience is required. Law firm experience and a Certified Business Manager or similar professional designation is preferred. The successful candidate will manage a team of more than 40 people.

Responsibilities

We need someone with significant hands-on experience, sound judgment, and maturity to work with the shareholders and key team members in a manner that is consistent with our firm culture of respect, integrity, collegiality, and superior service to clients. The Business Operations Officer must possess:

  • A thorough understanding of accounting and financial principles, including a solid understanding of general accounting procedures, financial management and analysis, tax and benefit issues, budgeting, and the ability to implement effective internal controls and collection and billing procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to manage staff and be responsible for compliance with employment laws, recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, performance appraisals, continuing education requirements, discipline and discharge, and employee relations.
  • Knowledge of law firm matters and the community in which we practice law, including professional liability, ethics, conflicts of interest, and reputation.
  • Technology and project management skills, including a solid understanding of the firm’s IT systems, software, hardware, and the ability to manage the firm’s equipment and systems.
  • Marketing skills and knowledge to guide the promotion of the firm.
  • Facilities management experience and ability to direct staff and communicate with outside parties to maintain the office facility.
  • Strategic planning skills, including the ability to identify areas for improvement and to provide and implement solutions.
  • Superior communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent organization and systems management, including leadership skills.
  • Conflict resolution skills (not conflict avoidance skills).

Education

At a minimum, the Business Operations Officer will have a college degree from a recognized college or university with major course work in business administration or management, finance, human resources, technology, and/or marketing, or comparable work experience.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience.

Competitive benefits package, including paid time off, 401k, health, vision, dental and life insurance.

About Fenton & Keller

For over 65 years our firm has represented large and small businesses and individuals, assisting them with a wide range of legal issues.  We practice in a small community and our firm is built on providing excellent, timely and cost-effective legal services. Our relationships with our clients, the community and with one another is of paramount importance in the success of Fenton & Keller. We are passionate about our clients and their cases, and take pride in our work and the outcomes we achieve for them. We also care deeply about our team and are dedicated to maintaining a positive and collegial work environment. Our firm has been very successful, and our continued growth will benefit from the guidance of a professional Business Operations Officer.

Attorneys

Civil Litigation / Employment Law – Associate Attorney

Fenton & Keller is currently seeking an associate attorney with 3+ years of experience in the area of civil litigation and/or employment law. Experience handling discovery, interviewing witnesses, taking/defending depositions, handling motion work, making court appearances, participating in mediations, participating in arbitrations, defending class action suits, and/or preparing for and participating in trials is desired. Outstanding legal writing and research skills are required. Experience in the area of employment law, including experience handling wage & hour issues, EEOC and DFEH complaints, Labor Commissioner hearings, and preparation of employee handbooks and policies is additionally desired. Fenton & Keller offers excellent employee benefits as described below.

Staff

Paralegal – Business Transaction & Estate Planning

We are currently seeking a paralegal with experience in business transaction, real estate transaction, and/or estate planning and administration. Applicants shall be well versed in document preparation related to entity formation and dissolution, Secretary of State filings, corporate records, contracts, preparation of closing binders, preparation of estate planning documents and administration, court filings, client communications, and file maintenance, and be proficient in Microsoft Office 365 and Adobe. Applicants shall be organized and detail oriented, able to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent benefits and competitive salary offered.

Assistant / Paralegal – Litigation

We are currently seeking candidates with assistant and/or paralegal experience in the area of civil litigation and/or employment law.  Applicants shall be well versed in document preparation, case calendaring, management of attorney schedules and deadlines, discovery processes, deposition arrangements, preparation of pleadings and Judicial Council forms, court e-filings, client communications, and file maintenance, and be proficient in Microsoft Office 365 and Adobe.  Applicants shall be organized and detail oriented, able to work independently and as part of a team.  Excellent benefits and competitive salary offered.

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Fenton & Keller currently provides a variety of competitive benefits to its employees, including the following:
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Flexible medical and dependent care reimbursement plan
  • 401k Plan (with matching contribution)
  • Profit sharing plan
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Professional association dues, and CLE for attorneys and paralegals
  • Vacation and approximately 10 holidays per year