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ProfileLitigation Paralegal Duties: Back-up to Legal Assistants in sorting and responding to incoming telephone calls; forwarding calls when appropriate and applicable; sort and file daily mail. Review files as received that are entering litigation; this review also includes identifying potential defendants to be named in the lawsuit. Request missing documentation, it becomes the responsibility of the Paralegal to follow up on receipt of responses. Create a ‘to-do’ for follow up. Review, index, organize and summarize documents produced by other parties and medical health care providers; when appropriate prepare medical notebook. Obtain, review, and organize damage information; calculate damages (medical expenses, lost wages, household expenses, consortium claims, property damages); prepare, maintain and update damages summaries. Develop information and acquire records not obtained pre-suit for wrongful death, i.e. supporting evidence regarding sibling and/or child/parent economic claims. Prepare and forward demand packages to insurance carriers or defense attorneys. Meet with client; coordinate the collection and review of client files; gather, organize, summarize and analyze documentation collected. Forward discovery to client. Draft responses/answer discovery to interrogatories, requests for admissions and/or requests for production. Draft and serve supplemental discovery directed to the defendant, including expert and/or trial interrogatories, requests for site inspection, nonparty production requests served by plaintiff upon nonparties and obtain service of nonparty production subpoenas. Prepare and file motion for mediation and notice for trial (if not already done on the file). Prepare affidavits of documents and maintain document files and case correspondence. Conduct research to locate, communicate with, interview and retain expert witnesses. Obtain written reports/analysis of evidence, injuries, issues and financial evaluations from expert witnesses. As necessary and appropriate, communicate and correspond with client about case status, judicial procedures, court appearances and preparation Schedule depositions, meetings, client interviews, hearings and attend as required Prior to client deposition, confirm discovery responses have been completed. Read and summarize depositions, medical records and other documents as requested Assist in preparing pretrial and trial motions (motions in limine, protective order, preclude evidence to be admitted at trial, etc.) or responses to same received from defense Prepare mediation statements and mediation statistics (obtain costs and prepare overall summary of file including specials, liens, lops, priors, pertinent information); update filing and organize file in preparation for conference Comply with all pretrial and trial order deadlines including expert witness disclosures, trial witness and exhibit lists, pretrial statements and/or stipulations Prepare trial exhibits, demonstrative charts, blow ups, etc. Prepare trial notebook. Prepare voir dire, jury instructions and verdict forms. Prepare and serve subpoenas for trial upon witnesses and under direction of the attorney, communicate with witness regarding trial attendance/appearance at trial. Organize, mark, and index trial exhibits. Draft, review and file pleadings, petitions, briefs, arguments, pleadings and other documents applicable to obtaining approval of minor settlements, guardianships and estates for attorney’s litigation case load relevant to court actions. Research procedural, administrative and case law. Conduct computer assisted legal and factual research using online resources such as Westlaw, Lexis, etc. Investigate facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases. Gather and analyze research data such as statutes, decisions and legal articles, codes and documents. (When instructed to do so) Attend and assist attorney at trial. Translate as appropriate.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: Must have strong work ethic and be able to work well in a fast paced environment. Must have excellent people skills as the position requires a great deal of client contact. Must be able to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Must be able to prioritize work and work well under pressure. Must be organized and detail oriented. Must be familiar with relevant laws as it applies to personal injury claims, motor vehicle accidents and insurance. Must have exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written. Must have computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Word and legal software. Time Matter is helpful. Knowledge of medical terms and traumatically induced conditions is helpful.
Phillips Law Group.
3101 North Central Ave. Suite 1500
Phoenix, AZ 85012