Job Title: Litigation Paralegal Direct Report: Human Resources...
Classification: FLSA Non-Exempt. Regularly works 5 consecutive days, Monday through Friday, generally during the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Overtime may be required. Working assigned overtime is an important part of each non-exempt employee’s job responsibilities.
Position Summary Description: The following is a summary of the general nature and level of work performed by the staff member in this position and is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities.
Summary: The role of the Litigation Paralegal is to assist attorneys in a broad range of substantive case management legal work. The Litigation Paralegal works in a team environment which may include one or more attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants. Responsibilities will vary depending on the case and the attorney(s), but generally include commencement of action activities, discovery document management, and trial/post-trial support. Job performance success is measured primarily by the following metrics: The consistent production of billable hours (1650 annual minimum), the consistent production of accurate and timely documents with minimal supervision; promptness of turnaround time; knowledge of court rules and success at applying that knowledge in the routine delivery of work product; and a work ethic that demonstrates commitment to the Firm.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Commencement of Action
• Attend client meetings
• Draft standard summons and complaints
• Draft standard answers or other responsive pleadings
• Participate in fact investigation (witness interviews, site inspections, material evidence)
• Draft correspondence and other memorandum
• Maintain calendars
• Discovery Case Management
• Draft or finalize discovery responses(interrogatories, discovery requests and answers, motions and stipulations)
• Assist with witness interviews and write memoranda summarizing statements and findings;
• Prepare/finalize schedule and serve deposition notices and subpoenas
• Assist with the preparation of witnesses, clients and documents for depositions
• Review, organize and index documents produced
• Track discovery responses and status;
• Schedule appointments
• Schedule expert witnesses
• Schedule mediations
j. Maintain client files/organize cases/keep track of deadlines
• Trial/Post-Trial Support
• Prepare and serve trial subpoenas
• Prepare and organize trial exhibits
• Set up trial office and handle court logistics (equipment procurement, delivery and/or return of trial documents, etc.)
• Prepare trial notebooks
• Prepare and coordinate witnesses
• Attend trial to take notes and handle exhibits
Education & Work Experience Required:
BA/BS degree and paralegal certificate . Equivalent experience may be considered as a substitute for paralegal certification. Minimum 3 years general litigation experience and previous trial experience mandatory.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: Strong knowledge of state and federal court rules including procedures for filing. Proficiency with case and document management, especially the discovery process. Proven ability to gather, organize and manage large amounts of data. Strong written communication skills including command of grammar. Self-starter with excellent organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail. Interpersonal skills necessary in order to communicate and work effectively with a diverse group of clients, attorneys and staff. Interpersonal skills necessary in order to communicate in person, by email and telephone with courtesy, tact and professionalism. Ability to work independently. Ability to work effectively under pressure. Ability to multi-task. Strong time management skills. Proficiency with MS Office & document management software, preferably ProLaw, Summation and Trial Director. Requires ability and willingness to travel