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Location : Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh
Refer to Job # WOST704088
Associate Attorney The candidate handles a large volume of collection files. Reviews and signs pleadings, attend court hearings, and manage negotiations with debtors, attorneys, third parties and court personnel. Represents clients at legal, administrative and other proceedings as assigned. Participates in the development of strategy, arguments, and testimony in preparation for presentation of cases. Documents account/file activity in accordance with the firm's policies and procedures. Negotiates with individuals to achieve final resolution of cases, arrange legal settlements, and resolve routine issues, as assigned. Researches and interprets laws, rulings, and regulations and formulates legal opinions for review. Interviews clients and witnesses in preparation for legal proceedings. Identifies causes of action and prepares lawsuits based upon an investigation of facts and applicable laws and procedures. Reviews, drafts, and/or dictates legal briefs, correspondence, pleadings, and other legal documents. Conducts discovery in conformity with applicable rules. Monitors routine case files to formulate next course of action and ensure deadlines are maintained. Assigns and reviews the work of department staff, as required. Acts in compliance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and other applicable consumer protection statutes and regulations. Develops and maintains relationships with current clients. Should have a J.D. degree and 1-3 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Creditors' rights or collections experience is preferred. Must hold a current, valid state license to practice law in Pennsylvania. Should have knowledge of relevant laws, legal codes, legal/court procedures, precedents, government regulations, and electronic legal research tools such as Westlaw.
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