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Title : Paralegal

Location : Ohio - Columbus
Refer to Job # TWDW843867

Paralegal Duties: Review of complaint and investigation of company file (if provided). Discussion of the factual background of the case with attorney and recommendations concerning any further factual investigation necessary. In certain cases, preparation of stipulation extends the period in which to answer or otherwise respond to the complaint. Preparation of initial drafts of pleadings. Obtain and index/organize all documents provided by the client relative to the litigation, including a chronology of documents using CaseMap and Relativity. Preparation of initial draft of interrogatories, requests for admissions, and requests for production of documents. Review of interrogatories and requests for production of the document served upon our client; after discussing these with the attorney, the paralegal should forward copies to the client with specific instructions as to how they should be answered. Review of client's draft answers to interrogatories and discussion with attorney concerning same; preparation of any necessary revisions of answers. If necessary, schedule appointment with expert witness (es), prepare draft letter to expert, forwarding materials for his/her review. Preparation of initial draft notices of depositions, scheduling of reporter and conference room, preparation of subpoena, when necessary. In certain cases, review of deposition transcript and preparation of outline of same. Extensive preparation and organization of client's documents for production, in certain cases by e-discovery. Extensive organization of documents produced, in certain cases by e-discovery. Scheduling of witness interview, informing witness of trial dates; in certain cases, the paralegal may be asked to conduct an initial interview. Preparation of motions as requested by assigning attorney, for example, motions to compel, motions to show cause, motions in contempt. May be requested to do limited legal research, jury verdict research, expert witness research, obtaining case law, jeopardizing and cite-checking cases from briefs; (the litigation paralegal should have a good working knowledge of both Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw). Preparation of and marking exhibits for depositions and/or trials. Pre-trial check of jury questionnaires and jury lists. If necessary, work with attorneys on arbitration/trial exhibits and potential testimony using litigation support software, such as Sanction. In certain cases, the paralegal will be asked to attend arbitration/trial with the attorney. In cases that are settled, preparation on an initial draft of release and dismissal entry. In cases to be appealed, preparation of Notice of Appeal, praecipe and docketing statements as well as preparation of outline of trial transcript. In certain cases, preparation of post-judgment documents, including praecipes for certificates of judgment; non-wage garnishments and wage garnishment. Follow up various details in specific cases as requested the assigning attorney. Work on organizing all files, with detailed index for easy retrieval in the future, in necessary. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in an ABA-approved Paralegal program. Should have 3-5 years of experience in litigation law practice. Strong understanding of litigation terms and technological skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and some knowledge of the capabilities of litigation software such as Relativity, CaseMap, Summation, and Sanctions. Superior research skills, including the use of online services, databases, and the Internet. Superior organizational skills. Project and case management skills including a strong aptitude for managing and prioritizing multiple projects and deadlines. Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills. Ability to work independently and maintain a high degree of confidentiality.

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