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Last Updated on January 11, 2023 by Benson Varghese

Career Opportunities

We are a close-knit group at Varghese Summersett. We pride ourselves in providing a really great place to work; somewhere our folks are happy to come in every day. We hire the best so we can provide our clients with unparalleled legal services.

We believe that professional success is enhanced by a rich personal life, and we encourage every member of our firm to enjoy their personal and family lives and to be active locally and in philanthropic efforts.

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Family Lawyer

We’ve seen tremendous growth in our family law division and we’re looking to expand our team – with the best of the best in family law.

      • Are you a family lawyer looking for a dynamic, modern firm that appreciates talent, hard work, and dedication?

      • Are you looking for a place where your talents are appreciated and there is room for professional growth and financial reward?

      • Are you passionate about your work and committed to providing the best possible service to your clients?

    If you answered yes to all of the above, we want to hear from you!

    Who We Are

    Varghese Summersett is a criminal defense and family law firm. Varghese Summersett PLLC is the criminal division; Varghese Summersett Family Law Group is the family law practice. Both divisions are based in downtown Fort Worth on the 16th floor of the gorgeous One City Place Building. (Check out our family practice at https://familytexas.com and criminal division at https://versustexas.com).

    At Varghese Summersett, we pride ourselves on being a different kind of law firm. We’re not stuffy or old-fashioned – we’re forward-thinking and modern. We’re a team of legal professionals who are passionate about our work and committed to providing the best possible service to our clients. We’re also pretty good at having fun – after all, we believe that life is too short to spend it working in a job that you don’t love!

    But since this job post is about Varghese Summersett Family Law Group you should know that we are a full-service family law practice. We help individuals and families navigate emotionally-charged family law matters, including divorce, mediation, child custody disputes, child support, property, and asset division, spousal support, prenuptial agreements, and post-divorce modifications. Our goal is to make this time as painless as possible for our clients while achieving exceptional results.

    Who We Want

    We are proud of our firm family and are looking for just the right Associate Attorney to join our family law practice. The best candidates are results-oriented, solution-focused, and team players. They love the law and are fierce advocates for their clients. They have a can-do attitude and are willing to do whatever it takes, whenever it is needed, to get the job done. If you think you fit the bill, keep reading.

    What You’ll Do

    The family lawyer will be responsible for all aspects of family law litigation and will:

        • Handle a high caseload of family law cases from start to finish

        • Conduct potential client interviews and develop strategies for each case

        • Prepare cases for mediation, hearings, and trial

        • Handle discovery, including requests for production of documents, depositions, and interrogatories

        • Review pleadings, motions, and orders

        • Conduct legal research as needed

        • Maintain excellent client communication and develop strong relationships with clients and court personnel

        • Positively represent our firm and brand in court, in the community, and online

      What You Need

          • Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from an accredited law school

          • Admission to the State Bar of Texas

          • Ideally, 2-5 years of family law experience

          • A passion to be outstanding

        What You’ll Get

            • A job that is both challenging and rewarding

            • An opportunity to grow with a fast-paced and expanding law firm

            • A competitive salary and benefits package

            • A collaborative and supportive work environment

            • A chance to work with some of the best attorneys in the state of Texas

          How To Apply

          You can apply through this site, but to be placed at the top of the list (and demonstrate your attention to detail) also send Melody Lanier, Media Relations Director (melody@versustexas.com) a short statement about the book you most recently read, and tell us why you liked or did not like the book.

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          Family Law Paralegal

          We are looking for a full-time Family Law Paralegal. The candidate must have a positive attitude and enjoy customer service. We are not your average law firm. We are a tight-knit group and we all watch out for one another. We work hard and have fun. We’re very focused on maintaining the great and supportive work environment we have in place. We’re looking for a true team player.

          The Family Law Paralegal will be the first point of contact with all callers and visitors, including potential and current clients, so exceptional phone skills and demeanor is a must. The client relations specialist will also be responsible for numerous administrative duties and must be able to multitask in a high-pressure environment. The right person must be passionate about working in the legal industry and be able to work as a team, as well as independently. Pay is commensurate with experience.

          Daily Job Duties:

              • Answer a high volume of incoming calls to the firm, maintaining excellent customer service at all times.

              • Promptly respond to client questions and messages by phone, email or through our case management platform.

              • Contact clients about court settings, payments, case progression, and reviews.

              • Maintain and update documents related to client accounts.

              • Coordinate calls, meetings, and communications between attorneys and clients and potential clients.

              • Follow-up on all overnight or missed calls intercepted by the answering service in a timely manner.

              • Promptly follow up with potential clients.

              • Maintain attorneys’ schedules and calendars.

              • Draft and e-file letters and motions on behalf of attorneys.

              • Build and maintain trusted relationships with clients and patiently guide them through a difficult process.

              • Cultivate and maintain relationships with court staff.

              • Ensure that our office and common areas are clean and presentable at all times.

              • Positively represent our brand and firm/

              • Assist marketing team in developing marketing materials and proposals

            Desired Qualifications:

                • Bachelor’s degree or proven experience in client relations

                • Strong written and verbal communication skills

                • Proficient computer skills

                • Friendly and welcoming personality

                • Problem-solving aptitude

                • Excellent telephone etiquette

                • Excellent customer/client service skills

                • Ability to multitask and prioritize deadlines

                • Excellent organizational and time management skills

                • Ability to take on tasks and responsibilities outside the job description

                • Exhibit a self-starter mentality than can identify gaps in workflow and come up with creative solutions

                • Ability to embody our brand and company culture

                • Marketing experience is a plus

                • Court or legal experience is a plus

              Please send a resume and cover letter to Melody Lanier, Media Relations Director, at melody@versustexas.com. In your cover letter, make sure you include a paragraph about the book you most recently read, and tell us why you liked or did not like the book.

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              Client Relations Specialist

              We are looking for a full-time, tech-savvy Client Relations Specialist. The candidate must have a positive attitude and enjoy customer service. We are not your average law firm. We are a tight-knit group and we all watch out for one another. We work hard and have fun. We’re very focused on maintaining the great and supportive work environment we have in place. We’re looking for a true team player.

              The Client Relations Specialist will be the first point of contact with all callers and visitors, including potential and current clients, so exceptional phone skills and demeanor is a must. The client relations specialist will also be responsible for numerous administrative duties and must be able to multitask in a high-pressure environment. The right person must be passionate about working in the legal industry and be able to work as a team, as well as independently. Pay is commensurate with experience.

              Daily Job Duties:

                  • Answer a high volume of incoming calls to the firm, maintaining excellent customer service at all times.

                  • Promptly respond to client questions and messages by phone, email or through our case management platform.

                  • Contact clients about court settings, payments, case progression, and reviews.

                  • Maintain and update documents related to client accounts.

                  • Coordinate calls, meetings, and communications between attorneys and clients and potential clients.

                  • Follow-up on all overnight or missed calls intercepted by the answering service in a timely manner.

                  • Promptly follow up with potential clients.

                  • Maintain attorneys’ schedules and calendars.

                  • Draft and e-file letters and motions on behalf of attorneys.

                  • Build and maintain trusted relationships with clients and patiently guide them through a difficult process.

                  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with court staff.

                  • Ensure that our office and common areas are clean and presentable at all times.

                  • Positively represent our brand and firm/

                  • Assist marketing team in developing marketing materials and proposals

                Desired Qualifications:

                    • Bachelor’s degree or proven experience in client relations

                    • Strong written and verbal communication skills

                    • Proficient computer skills

                    • Friendly and welcoming personality

                    • Problem-solving aptitude

                    • Excellent telephone etiquette

                    • Excellent customer/client service skills

                    • Ability to multitask and prioritize deadlines

                    • Excellent organizational and time management skills

                    • Ability to take on tasks and responsibilities outside the job description

                    • Exhibit a self-starter mentality than can identify gaps in workflow and come up with creative solutions

                    • Ability to embody our brand and company culture

                    • Marketing experience is a plus

                    • Court or legal experience is a plus

                  Please send a resume and cover letter to Melody Lanier, Media Relations Director, at melody@versustexas.com. In your cover letter, make sure you include a paragraph about the book you most recently read, and tell us why you liked or did not like the book.

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                  Intake Specialist

                  Varghese Summersett is looking for a motivated, self-starter with exceptional communications skills to join our intake team. The position’s focus is to confidently present information about our criminal defense practice and attorneys to potential clients with the goal of encouraging the decision to hire our firm. This position requires strong communication skills by phone, text, email and through our secure client portal. Our intake specialists must be able to manage a high call volume and work effectively on a deadline.

                  Daily Job Duties:

                      • Answer a high volume of incoming calls to the firm, maintaining excellent customer service at all times.

                      • Promptly respond to potential client questions and messages by phone, email or through our case management platform.

                      • Follow-up potential clients about firm representation.

                      • Maintain and update statistics related to potential new client intakes.

                      • Coordinate calls, meetings, and communications between attorneys and potential clients to facilitate representation.

                      • Follow-up on all overnight or missed calls for potential new clients intercepted by the answering service in a timely manner.

                      • Coordinate potential client meetings with attorneys’ schedules and calendars.

                      • Draft and upload letters of engagement.

                      • Build and maintain trusted relationships with potential clients and patiently guide them through a difficult process.

                      • Cultivate and maintain relationships with firm staff.

                      • Positively represent our brand and firm.

                      • Assist processes team with updating and streamlining the intake process.

                      • Continued sales training is required.

                    Desired Qualifications:

                        • Sales background and training

                        • Strong written and verbal communication skills

                        • Proficient computer skills

                        • Friendly and welcoming personality

                        • Problem-solving aptitude

                        • Excellent telephone etiquette

                        • Excellent customer/client service skills

                        • Ability to multitask and prioritize deadlines

                        • Excellent organizational and time management skills

                        • Ability to take on tasks and responsibilities outside the job description

                        • Exhibit a self-starter mentality than can identify gaps in workflow and come up with creative solutions

                        • Ability to embody our brand and company culture

                        • Marketing experience is a plus

                        • Court or legal experience is a plus

                      To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and references to Melody Lanier, Media Relations Specialist, at melody@versustexas.com.

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                      Legal Internships

                      Internships offer the opportunity to work with our career trial attorneys and assist clients who are facing the biggest problems in their lives. Outstanding law students and undergraduate students on the pre-law track come to Varghese Summersett for the opportunity to train with our attorneys. Interns perform a variety of tasks ranging from research to assisting with trial prep. We offer paid positions throughout the year. Interns typically work around 20 hours a week during the spring and fall semesters and up to 30 hours a week during the summer.

                      To apply for an internship: Send resume, cover letter and references to Melody Lanier at melody@versustexas.com. Cover letters should be addressed to:

                      Benson Varghese
                      Managing Partner
                      Varghese Summersett PLLC
                      300 Throckmorton Street, Suite 1650
                      Fort Worth, TX 76102

                      Turner Thornton

                      Turner Thornton

                      Turner Thornton is a well-known family law attorney in Fort Worth who leads the Varghese Summersett Family Law Group. Turner has successfully guided hundreds of individuals and families through the most trying period of their lives as a skilled negotiator and savvy litigator. Turner Thornton concentrates his practice on family law, including divorce, child custody, contempt, and modification cases. He is experienced in handling estates with significant and unique assets that can be difficult to value. He finds amicable resolutions where possible to conserve his client's resources, but knows how to take the gloves off if the situation calls for it. He has had remarkable results in and outside of the courtroom based largely on his ability and desire to understand his clients' needs and guide them on the pathway to what success looks like for them.
                      Michelle Avelar Paralegal
                      Attorneys and Staff
                      Turner Thornton

                      Michelle Avelar

                      Paralegal Michelle Avelar is an experienced paralegal at Varghese Summersett Family Law Group, where she assists attorneys in all aspects of litigation and case management.

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