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Litigation Paralegal

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Organization Type

Law Firm

Job Type

Legal Staff

Posted on

Jul 12,2018

Years of Experience

Min 7 yrs required

Location

Charlotte, NC
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Litigation Paralegal Duties: Will be responsible for assisting attorneys during the litigation process. Will be handling pre-claim investigations, drafting legal documents, maintaining indexes and organizing case files, and handling electronic filing with applicable state and federal courts. Be well versed in both federal and state court procedure and filing requirements, to include e-filing in federal courts and state courts. Specifically, experience in North Carolina state and federal courts. Perform administrative duties, such as calendar hearings, court and discovery deadlines. Manage hard copy and electronic case documents, including managing email and electronic files and preparing binders of hard copy documents. Provide internet research including pulling cases from Lexis and Westlaw, as needed, along with conducting research and analyzing various law sources. Assist with the general aspects of document productions (redacting, copying, Bates stamping). Assist attorneys with preparation of motions. Cite-check, bluebook and Shepardize briefs and legal memoranda. Drafting of routine court documents. Organize, analyze, and index documents and exhibits. Assist with all aspects of deposition preparation. Organize and prepare witness files and trial notebooks. Create and maintain trial exhibit and deposition designation databases; assist with preparation of pre and post-trial briefs. Create and maintain working files for attorneys and index files for long-term storage. Convey information to individuals at all levels within the firm in a courteous and professional manner; strong service orientation. Organizes and manages litigation cases from inception to trial and appeal including document productions, deposition preparation and trial preparation.

Qualification and Experience

Requirements: Bachelor's degree with ABA paralegal certification or Associates/Bachelor’s degree in Paralegal studies, preferred. 7 years of minimum litigation paralegal experience. Knowledge and understanding of legal principles and practices. Experienced in all areas of paralegal duties from inception of case to trial and appeal, including case management, general research utilizing Westlaw, case retrieval, bluebooking, cite checking and proof reading pleadings. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and litigation support applications such as Relativity. Trial experience required. Ability to apply understanding and knowledge of the litigation process from pretrial to post-trial. Strong organizational and problem solving skills. Prefer experience with case or claim management programs or databases. Superior interpersonal skills to ensure effective communication across a diverse group of internal and external clients, attorneys and staff while maintaining high level of work quality and customer service.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Bank of America Corporate Center
100 N. Tryon Street , Suite 2690
Charlotte, NC 28202

Review:

"One of the better paying firms - but you earn more than you are paid!"

Former Employee - Reviewed on December 29, 2017

Improve pay structure to reward staff based on annual reviews (instead of 2% or 3% firm wide pay increases regardless of performance ratings). Also, promote qualified candidates from within instead of offering higher paying advancement opportunities to new hires. Finally, do something to discourage the petty staff reporting to HR for non-infractions (e.g., sit both the reporter/reported down to “clear the air” regarding any underlying interoffice issues to end the nonconsequential reporting).

Pros : Although one of the better paying firms with great benefits and multiple on-site Tech CLEs for staff (BARW University), there is a very distinct "us" v. "them" class structure between the attorneys/staff (even having a designated "Attorneys Only" on-site lunchroom). There is a distinct 1% v. 99% subculture with the attorneys treating staff much like the cleaning crew (and even with extremely favorable annual reviews, the pay raises barely kept up with COLA increases). Although I got along extremely well with my attorneys (they treated me more like a Jr. Associate rather than a "minion"), my co-workers were backbiting gossip hounds who would run to HR if I wore white shoes after Labor Day! I think there must have been a secret reward for snitching since I'd get a call from HR at least once a month when a crabby co-worker was having a bad day. Pros: Top of the line office equipment/legal software, on-site CLEs for all software licensed by the firm, and higher-end salary based on the market average.
Cons : Class structure and cliquish work-environment that breeds staff-on-staff resentment. And no matter how fast you work, you will still be days behind your attorneys (but if you're lucky like I was, your assigned attorneys work well with one another).
Approve of the CEO[?] : Yes
Recommend this employer to a friend? : Yes
Business outlook for the next 6 months? : up
Current or former employee? : Former Employee
Last Year at Employer : 2017
Job type : Full time

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