Careers at Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld

To apply for an open position, please email resume with cover letter to HBW's Executive Director below. Any attachments should be in WORD or PDF format. Principals only, no phone calls please.

Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Open Positions

Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP : Full-time or Reduced Full-time Accounting Assistant

Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP, an intellectual property law firm specializing in patent prosecution, is seeking to hire an experienced full-time (or possibly reduced full-time) Accounting Assistant in Half Moon Bay, California.

Basic Requirements:

Preferred candidates will have experience in small to mid-size law firm using legal billing and have a working knowledge of Timeslips (or similar time and billing software for law firms) and QuickBooks. Basic Excel knowledge necessary; intermediate or advanced Excel knowledge a plus. At least 2 years accounting experience and/or Associate's degree concentrated in accounting is preferred.


  • Generate and distribute prebills and process inquiries/changes to finalize accurate invoices.
  • Process Electronic Billing using various client platforms, including generation of LEDES files.
  • Communicate with clients regularly regarding invoices, estimates and payments.
  • Collaborate with staff, attorneys and clients to monitor and secure timely invoice generation and payments.
  • Monitor WIP and A/R, and generate monthly reports.
  • Create and maintain requested attorney and client accounting reports and summaries.
  • Track and record costs to client accounts in billing software.
  • Audit staff time entries weekly to ensure compliance with daily entry.
  • Assist with various account reconciliations, as needed.
  • Know how to perform basic filing and organization of files.
  • Follow internal procedures, be a team player, and complete other accounting tasks as needed.

Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates must possess excellent organization, written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must demonstrate strong attention to detail and high level of competency in basic accounting skills.
  • Candidate must have at least a basic knowledge of Excel.
  • Experience in electronic billing, Timeslips (or similar legal time and billing software) and QuickBooks preferred.
  • Qualified candidates will have at least 1, preferably 2 years of accounting experience (law office experience preferred) and/or hold an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or Accounting.

Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP : Part-Time Receptionist

Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP, an intellectual property law firm specializing in patent prosecution, has a part-time receptionist position available, Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 2:00PM, with a 30-minute lunch break.


  • Greet, welcome and announce clients and visitors to the office.
  • Answering, screening and routing calls (internal and external).
  • Maintain the appearance of the office reception area.
  • Manage firmwide calendar; input appointments, meetings, special occasions, etc.
  • Assist with managing partner’s calendar and email.
  • Prepare conference room schedule, and coordinate all conference room meetings and events as needed. Organize and plan holiday parties, quarterly lunches, meetings, etc.
  • Prepare for shipping and sign for delivery of FedEx and other mail for staff and attorneys; prepare and send U.S. mail; date stamp, organize and distribute all received mail.
  • Order office supplies, track inventory and restock as needed.
  • Maintain a stocked and organized kitchen.
  • Create labels for files, as needed.
  • Sorting and filing, as needed.
  • Perform daily opening duties on a regular basis.


Skills and Abilities

  • General office clerical skills (e.g. phones, typing, filing, etc.)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments
  • High attention to detail and accuracy
  • Respect for confidentiality of law office communications
  • Strong verbal/written communications
  • Team player attitude with a high degree of flexibility
  • Professional, personable, and self-motivated
  • Willingness and desire to take ownership of responsibilities

Physical Requirements

  • Able to maintain a sedentary position for up to 90% of the work day
  • Able to lift up to 30 lbs.

Interested applicants, please email resume (in PDF or Word format) and cover letter (optional), including salary requirements to [email protected]. Principals only, no phone calls, please. Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information about our firm, please visit our website at