Assists attorneys in all phases of the litigation process from discovery, through trial and post-trial findings and appeals. Manages cases independently and works under the general supervision of attorneys. Will serve as lead paralegal on assigned cases from inception to appeal and will be responsible for supervising paralegals and project assistants as necessary.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Follow the ethical requirements as set forth by the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State.
- Manage document organization and production processes (hard copy and electronic).Collects materials from client, opposing parties, third parties, experts (hard copies, electronic data, physical evidence).Assist with the development and implementation of document review systems.Maintain chain of custody and manage logistics of production of documents (hard copy, electronic, native).Assist with bates labeling, substantive indexing of documents and other tasks related to general discovery preparation.
- Prepare for depositions: conducts database searches to compile documents relevant to deponent; prepare witness files chronologically and/or by subject matter; organize, prepare and tracks exhibits.Maintain deposition transcripts and errata sheets in organized fashion.
- Assist with the preparation and filing of briefs, appeals and other legal documents: compile appendices and exhibits, proofread and cite check for factual data, prepare table of authorities, e-file documents with court;
- Prepare for and attend trial: organize, prepare and tracks exhibits; assist with the preparation of attorney work product; prepare deposition designations; compile exhibits related to direct and cross examination outlines; assist with the set-up of trial site logistics and other trial related projects as assigned.
- Implement and manage organizational systems to maintain case calendar, pleadings, correspondence and related case documents utilizing Firm software.
- Manage and maintain Litigation Support systems (Relativity, CaseMap, TextMap) and third-party platforms.Offer suggestions to attorneys regarding most efficient technologies to manage client matters.
- Apply knowledge of litigation process, legal procedures, terminology and experience to efficient completion of tasks from pretrial through discovery and trial preparation and appeal.
- Analyze documents and materials:conduct factual and legal research and assemble for attorney use.Research may include blue booking, cite checking, proofreading of documents and transcript review.This process may involve utilizing additional software applications to assist in the compilation of tables of content and tables of authority.
- Prepare documents to include, but not limited to: privilege logs, binders, correspondence, reports to clients, document indices, abstracts, spreadsheets, and chronology of facts.
- Responsible for overseeing other Paralegals, Project Assistants, and/or temporary help, as needed.
- Interact with outside entities (clients, government agencies, expert witnesses, consultants, other law firms, opposing parties, court personnel, etc.), manages relationships with supporting vendors (e-discovery, court reporters, trial support, etc.).
- Record billable and non-billable daily time entries in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Firm in the InTapp system.
- Experience and ability to e-file with PACER and federal/state court procedures.
- Ability to manage multiple cases/deadlines in a fast-paced environment and ability to work independently.
- Maintain solid working relationships with peers, support staff, attorneys, clients, etc.
- Other projects and duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree.
- Minimum seven years of experience as a paralegal in large law firm setting preferred.
- Paralegal Certificate, a plus.
- Knowledge and understanding of legal principles and practices.
- Ability to work independently or as a team.Assumes responsibility for self and team.Anticipates needs and asks questions of supervisors as needed.
- Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with appropriate discretion.
- Strong organizational, problem solving, and time management skills. Ability to handle numerous tasks simultaneously, excellent attention to detail and ability to maintain and organize large volumes of data and documents.
- Strong oral and written communications skills.Display tact and good judgment.
- Strong working knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, Excel, iManage and Adobe Acrobat. Familiarity with PowerPoint a plus.
- Advanced understanding and proficiency with litigation support applications: Relativity, CaseMap and TextMap.Knowledge of legal research tools, Westlaw and LexisNexis and PACER.
- Knowledge of e-discovery processes and software:ability to interact positively with internal departments (IT, Litigation Support) and external vendors regarding electronic data and creation of databases.
- Ability to supervise or take direction as needed.
- Work occasionally and with little notice: may require more than 35 hours per week to perform the essential duties of the position; may also require irregular hours.
- Ability to lift, carry, push, or pull materials weighing up to 15 pounds, and ability to retrieve and replace objects from shelves of up to 8 feet high.
- Ability to travel to private and public buildings, locally and nationwide, via private or public conveyance to assist attorney in attending to client needs on legal matters.
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