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Location : Texas - Houston
Refer to Job # PWRG708895
Paralegal II Duties: Responsible for managing the files (case record) including a complete set of the correspondence, memos, pleadings, and client documents in a matter, and help monitor deadlines by creating and maintaining calendars of key dates. Collects material from client, opposing parties, and third parties (hard copies, electronic data, physical evidence). Maintains chain of custody. Tracks materials through the process. Designs and implements document review systems. Prepares privilege logs. Manages logistics of production of documents - hard copy, images, native. Analyzes documents and materials. Performs factual research. Compiles information into charts, graphs and timelines. Researches prior testimony and publications of opposing experts. Researches rules of procedure for relevant court venues, and assures adherence thereto. Legal cite checking, shepardizing (Westlaw, Lexis). Fact checking. Compiles appendices and exhibits. Blue Book formatting, application of local rules. Files with court and serves on parties. Interacts with outside entities (clients, government agencies, expert witnesses, consultants, other law firms, opposing parties, court personnel, etc.). Databases (Concordance, Summation, Access, etc). ranscript management systems (LiveNote). Calendaring, task sharing, collaborative systems. Manages preparation for witnesses and depositions: Manages preparation of witness & subject files. Assists in preparation of witness outlines. Works with expert witnesses. Manages technical logistics for depositions (remote hookups, electronic transcripts, videography, synchronization). Compiles and tracks trial exhibits. Prepares pretrial documents. Sets up and manages trial offices and trial support (e.g. remote office setup and logistics). Manages resources: Supervises legal staff. Obtains and supervises support from Firm departments (e.g. Litigation Support, Graphics Services, Purchasing, Trial Support Services). Manages relationships with supporting vendors (graphics, court reporters, trial support, hotels, etc.).
Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree preferred, paralegal certificate required. Strong coordination and teamwork skills; Planning and organization skills, including the ability to manage a number of projects concurrently; Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; A proactive approach and the ability to work "hands-on" as required; Strong problem-solving skills; Experience with cite checking and blue booking. Solid experience preparing and working at trials and hearings including working with court reporters and preparing exhibits for depositions. Experience filing documents with various courts (via ECF and using traditional hard copy methods). Proficiency in the use of law office software, including Word, Excel, Adobe and PPT; and document management systems (DMS). Proficiency in the use of e-discovery and deposition transcript tools (e.g. Relativety/ TextMap/Livenote). Requires complex litigation experience, 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. Should also have experience managing out-of-town trial offices for cases that have gone to verdict. Demonstrated history of proposing and implementing process improvements is a plus. Additional qualifications include excellent analytical and organizational abilities, solid communication and management skills, creativity and initiative.
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