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A litigation paralegal is someone who works on litigation matters under the supervision of licensed attorneys in a law office. Litigation paralegals do not practice law, as they are not licensed attorneys, but they help in many aspects of litigation matters and lawsuits, including preparing initial drafts of lawsuits and exhibits, preparing trial binders, and making federal and state court filings. Litigation paralegals are sometimes called litigation legal assistants.
Here are a few sample litigation paralegal job descriptions:
Litigation Legal Assistant
The candidate will support litigation team in the handling of client files for Personal Injury practice. Must have 6+ months of Personal Injury experience. Bilingual (English / Spanish) and must be capable of speaking Spanish fluently.
Litigation Legal Assistant
The candidate will perform ECF filings. Will conduct legal research, to include: court records, libraries, online resources, Lexis, etc. Draft pleadings, discoveries, memoranda, and correspondence. Analyze responses to discovery requests. Oversee e-discovery process. Create, organize, and maintain client and case files. Utilize Eclipse to create, organize, code, and review documents. Summarize depositions, documents, and medical records. Prepare discovery requests, trial notebooks, and exhibits. Prepare jury instructions. Conduct trial preparation. Contact various State and Federal Court personnel. Maintain hearing schedules, docketing, and calendaring. Prepare CJA coding and narrative for preparation of fee applications. Assist on special projects for predetermined practice areas.
The candidate should preferably have a Bachelor’s Degree. Paralegal certification/experience is a plus. Must have 5+ years of litigation experience; preferably within a mid/large size law firm. Knowledge of Litigation procedures and protocols essential. Knowledge of civil rules and procedures needed. Proficiency in Litigation database software, Federal Court system, and ECF filings needed.
The candidate will organize and manage multiple tasks across a number of case related matters. Must have a J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school and be an active member in good standing of the Bar. Must have completed an accredited paralegal program and have 2+ years of complex civil litigation and 1+ years of database, i.e. Summation, etc. experience. Should have solid experience with all phases of discovery, trial preparation, familiarity with litigation databases, summarizing medical records, solid communication and time management skills, and the ability to proofread and cite check legal briefs. Experience working with large volume of documents especially with discovery requests and responses essential. Asbestos experience a plus.
The candidate will work closely with litigation teams on litigation matters, assisting with all aspects of case preparation and file management from commencement through settlement or trial. Perform a variety of duties such as preparing legal documents, correspondence, discovery, summarizing depositions and communicating with clients.
The candidate should have Bachelor’s degree. A Paralegal Certificate is preferred. Must have 3+ years of law firm litigation experience. Must have solid blue-booking and cite checking experience. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook and have a working knowledge of research databases such as Summation, Trial Director, LiveNote and/or Dialog.
Commercial Litigation Paralegal
The candidate will support a busy Partner with a focus on contract disputes, litigation and some trial matters. Should preferably be a paralegal registered with the Florida Bar (FRP) membership. Must have 10+ years of experience in commercial litigation with a background in document intensive projects. Trial experience is required.
Junior Litigation Paralegal
The candidate will assist in the handling and attending scheduled hearings. Will review and logs hearing notices. Compile and coordinates assembly of documentation supporting actions taken. Review documentation and formulates arguments. Represent company at hearings by telephone or in person as required. Support proper administrative handling during a hearing to avoid the publishing of unnecessary judicial opinion. Prepares and complete ad-hoc reports and assignments as needed. Should have a Bachelor’s Degree. Must have 1+ years of paralegal work experience which includes knowledge of legal terminology and principles. Intermediate MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills required.
The candidate will be responsible for administrative case management and litigation support in addition to coordinating all aspects of document production, organizing and indexing documents, preparing witness files and exhibits, and assisting during depositions and trials. Will work closely with the attorneys and support staff to facilitate a seamless flow of information among the litigation team. Proactively assist attorneys with all aspects of the litigation process from case inception through trial and appeal process; maintain and manage attorney calendar for court deadlines; responsible for overall case file maintenance, including indexing and filing case materials, following up on outstanding matters; assist attorneys with all phases of discovery, including first draft responses to discovery as directed; manage and organize large volumes of documents including hard copy and electronic file; maintain a master set of all documents, keep updated record and correspondence files as well as preparing electronic files and binders of hard copy documents; and assist with the preparation of briefs, memoranda, exhibits, including proofreading, helpful skills would include cite-checking, shepardizing cases, blue booking cases, preparing tables of contents, and tables of authorities. Experience with electronic document review platforms such as Summation, Concordance, including key word searching and assistance in production coordination is required.