Paralegal II

Standard, The Portland, OR

About the Job


If you want to make a positive difference and stand out from the crowd, you’ll fit in at The Standard ( Through our retirement plans and insurance products and services, we help people achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. Come join us and share our passion for serving our customers in a positively different way.


We are looking for a talented paralegal with ERISA and/or retirement plan administration experience to join the Transactions team within the Legal & Compliance Department. This person should be self-sufficient and have proven capability handling high quality, high volume delivery with minimal supervision. This person must be a quick learner with impeccable attention to detail. If you enjoy working in a team environment and have an interest in joining an in-house transactional team, this could be the position for you!


  • Conduct legal research including statutory, regulatory, and case law, with an emphasis on ERISA and tax law.
  • Assist attorneys in responding to IRS and DOL inquiries.
  • Assist with document production requests, including reviewing, responding to, and tracking subpoenas.
  • Assist attorneys with a variety of transactional-related projects. 
  • Exercise exceptional judgment and attention to detail.
  • Communicate and interact professionally with persons at all levels in the organization, industry, and community.



  • Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies or Paralegal certificate.


  • At least 4 years’ work experience as a paralegal in a legal department or law office, or the equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Must have experience with ERISA 


Skills & Knowledge: Prior experience with ERISA and tax law research required, including private letter rulings and guidance. Fundamental understanding of various qualified and non-qualified retirement plan types and how they are created and maintained. Prior experience responding to DOL or IRS inquiries or requests is a plus. Ability to analyze facts and identify relevant legal issues; communicate clearly and concisely in written and oral communication; and analyze documents and files in support of transactional management and special projects. Works on a wide range of complex assignments, often defining procedures on how to complete project work when assigned in the form of objectives. Contributes to creation of recommendations for solutions and new procedures. Self-motivated and detail oriented with the ability to manage multiple projects and complete tasks within tight deadlines. Must be comfortable exercising independent judgment in completing tasks.



Standard Insurance Company, The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York, Standard Retirement Services, Inc., StanCorp Equities, Inc. and StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc., marketed as The Standard, are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status or any other condition protected by federal, state or local law. The Standard offers a drug and alcohol free work environment where possession, manufacture, transfer, offer, use of or being impaired by an illegal substance while on Standard property, or in other cases which the company believes might affect operations, safety or reputation of the company is prohibited. The Standard requires a criminal background investigation, drug test, employment, education and licensing verification as a condition of employment. All employees of The Standard must be bondable.


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Individuals with disabilities who need assistance or accommodation with the application process should contact HR Direct at 971-321-7871.  This number is only for the use of individuals with disabilities who need accommodation with the application process.  General inquiries about application status will not be addressed.