The Litigation Paralegal II is responsible for managing all aspects of large scale complex litigation. Including large volume of documents, assisting with depositions, managing pleadings, privilege logs and court filings. Organizing and managing electronic and hard copy document collections. Managing and manipulating data in litigation support software. Legal and factual cite checking. Trial preparation and attendance. Supervise junior paralegals and litigation teams. Prioritize and manage multiple cases/projects. Team oriented with a collaborative focus.
Essential Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)
Manages document production processes
Assists with the collection of material from client, opposing parties, and third parties (hard copies, electronic data, physical evidence)
Maintains chain of custody
Works with Litigation Support group to design and implement document review systems
Prepares privilege logs
Manages logistics of production of documents - hard copy, images, native
Analyzes documents and materials
Researches prior testimony and publications of opposing experts
Researches rules of procedure for relevant court venues
III. Coordinates preparation and filing of briefs and legal documents
Researches local rules of procedure for relevant court venues, obtains information relating to venue (e.g. judge’s bio, prior decisions and opinions); obtains precedent from other cases in same venue
Drafts routine filings (e.g. attorney appearances, notices of filings, notices of motions)
Checks legal cites for proper format, content and standing (Westlaw, Lexis; Blue Book)
Researches and checks fact cites for proper format, content and accuracy (Blue Book)
Compiles appendices and exhibits
Manages service of process; files with court and serves on parties; coordinates with local counsel
Interacts with outside entities (clients, government agencies, expert witnesses, consultants, other law firms, opposing parties, court personnel, etc.)
Collaborates with Litigation and Practice Support
Designs and manages databases in Relativity; Designs and manages calendaring, task sharing, collaborative systems and extranets
VII. Manages trial and hearing preparation and support
Compiles and tracks trial exhibits
Prepares pretrial documents
Manages trial transcripts
Other Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary. Delete if not applicable.)
Any other functions/duties as assigned by management.
Education, Work Experience, Skills
The ideal candidate will possess 8-10 years of experience focusing on complex litigation cases, including managing large discovery, creating and managing databases and imaging systems, supervising teams, preparing for trial, and managing trial support. Must have high-level experience with a range of litigation support applications. Additional qualifications include excellent analytical and organizational abilities, solid communication and management skills, creativity, initiative and ability to work in a team environment. Bachelor’s degree required. Flexibility to accommodate for travel and overtime is required. Ability to lift up to 25 pounds is required.
MS Office proficiency required
Litigation Support Applications - Relativity, Textmap
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