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Paralegal I or II - Workers' Compensation The candidate perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts under the supervision of an attorney. The Paralegal I maintains positive contact with clients, attorneys and staff and observes confidentiality of client matters. Assists attorneys in the preparation, analysis, and development of cases from inception through conclusion. Obtains, organizes, and summarizes evidence and materials to facilitate case analysis. Drafts pleadings, discovery documents, discovery responses, motions, reports, and IME letters with direction and supervision from an attorney. Locates medical, engineering, vocational and other expert witnesses and consultants. Determines wage loss, medical expenses, and other special damages. Monitors and meets litigation and other case management deadlines. Schedules litigation events with clients or adversaries, including IMEs, depositions, arbitration, mediations, extensions of deadlines, meetings, etc. Uses knowledge of case management software, electronic calendaring systems, and word processor to obtain, manipulate and process data. Uses computer technology, including the internet, to conduct research. Prepares trial exhibits and trial notebooks (PC paralegal only). Provides assistance to attorneys at trial and hearings. Other duties as assigned. Works with attorney supervision to handle cases through all phases of the litigation process. Drafts pleadings, discovery, IME letters, and reports for review and revision by an attorney. Analyzes case material and prepares case for arbitration, mediation, hearing, and trial. Conducts field and telephone investigations, including contact with city personnel, witness interviews, and document searches. Drafts trial or hearing documents and exhibits and prepares case for trial or hearing. Schedules and prepares witnesses. Assists at trial. Obtains, organizes and summarizes medical records, documents, and deposition transcripts. Able to provide input to attorneys concerning case handling and trial or hearing preparation. Coordinates and facilitates document production with supervision from attorney. Works effectively under pressure and meets court imposed deadlines. Establishes and maintains effective working relationship with co-workers. Meets or exceeds League Empowerment and Performance Program (LEAPP) results/timelines and other department performance measures. Able to work with limited supervision and possesses knowledge of the Minnesota Workers' Compensation system in order to handle cases through all phases of the litigation process. Calculates average weekly wage; wage loss benefits; permanent total disability benefits, including social security and PERA offsets; apportionment; and interest.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have Paralegal certification or training equivalent and a minimum of six months of experience handling litigation files. Should have basic knowledge of litigation process. Experience and familiarity with municipal government and municipal legal issues is required. Experience or familiarity with litigation related software or technology is needed. Desirable Requirements: Experience and familiarity with municipal government and municipal legal issues. Experience and familiarity with litigation related software or technology. Experience and familiarity with Workers' Compensation litigation.
Ability: Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to travel within the State of Minnesota to conduct investigations and attend litigation events. Ability to occasionally work extended or flexible hours as trial and case events require. Ability to lift, carry, push and pull case files, office supplies and computer equipment weighing up to 20 pounds on an occasional basis.
Closing date: 06/17/18 11:59 PM.
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