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Location : Illinois - Chicago
Refer to Job # LHHJ703803
Associate Attorney Duties: Attend court hearings and trials while achieving resolution of Consumer Collections files for clients through routine negotiation and/or litigation. Focus on attention to detail and initiative. 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. Acts with the highest ethical standards both as a legal professional and as a member of the Firm. Actively promotes professionalism, collegiality and diversity within and outside the Firm.
Qualifications: JD Degree and 2-3 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Creditors rights or collections experience preferred. Must hold a current, valid state license to practice law in Illinois. Additional license to practice law in Wisconsin, preferred. Knowledge of relevant laws, legal codes, legal/court procedures, precedents, government regulations, and electronic legal research tools such as Westlaw The ability to interpret and apply legal principles and procedures and develop effective working relationships with clients, co-workers, and court systems. Must practice according to the rules of professional conduct and ethical standards as required by the attorney s licensing state.
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