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Location : Texas - Houston
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Be a part of a highly successful, full-service law firm that counts among its esteemed clients many Fortune 250 firms. This firm has a reputation for treating associates exceedingly well. The branch office of a large international law firm, this firm's practice has consistently been strong in the litigation, corporate and tax fields; however, the firm also has made a definite commitment to intellectual property related work in the Los Angeles legal market. The Los Angeles branch has a full book of business involving some of the biggest movers and shakers on the national and international scene. An aggressive development track has associates achieving partner status in a very limited amount of time compared to other national firms of its stature. This firms is generally seeking the best and the brightest--meaning it is most willing to consider associates from top schools and firms.
Litigation Paralegal II Duties: Manages document production processes - hard copy, electronic, etc.: 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. Substantive Research: 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. Coordinates preparation and filing of briefs and legal documents: 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.) Manages litigation support systems : Databases (Concordance, Summation, Access, etc). Transcript 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). Manages trial preparation and trial support: 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.). OTHER FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.) Any other functions/duties as assigned by management Qualifications & Requirements This position 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. Travel and overtime may be required.
Qualifications: Paralegal certificate required. Bachelor s Degree and paralegal certificate preferred. 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 A? 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).
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