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Legal Services Paralegal The candidate provides effective litigation support in all phases of the litigation process under the supervision of an attorney. Conducts legal research for attorneys. Assists in trial preparation including scheduling of discovery, depositions and independent medical examinations; preparation of trial notebooks; preparation of demonstrative evidence; coordination of schedules with lay and expert witnesses; preparation and serving of subpoenas; assisting in jury selection, taking notes and maintaining files. Drafts pleadings, discovery documents, motions, deposition summaries, abstracts, correspondence and legal memorandums under the supervision of an attorney. Assists in the collection, organization, summarization and evaluation of medical records in the discovery process and for trial preparation. Initiates and conducts investigation and discovery under limited supervision. Communicates with and conducts interviews of insureds, company representatives and witnesses. Drafts discovery responses and prepares witnesses and demonstrative evidence for trial. Represents insured or the company in small claims / conciliation court for defense or subrogation matters where allowed. Maintains and manages confidential file materials. Reviews all documents containing scheduled dates and updates calendars. Uses case management system to create and maintain electronic files. Reviews files to determine issues, records needed and the possibility of settlement. Obtains all appropriate records, organizes file and drafts statement of case for hearing or contentions for the panel. Requests needed discovery and authorizations from claimant. Negotiates settlement within authority for no-fault arbitration files and conciliation court files. Negotiates and settles claims within authority as directed by the attorney. Reviews files sent to Legal for purposes of subrogating responsible parties for reimbursement. Reviews files to determine appropriateness of subrogation activity or litigation. Drafts appropriate pleadings for filing suit to be reviewed by attorney. Performs legal research using all available resources to identify the most current and applicable law. Organizes and presents legal research in memorandum form.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must have Associate Degree from a recognized paralegal program and 2+ years of legal experience; or a four year degree from a recognized paralegal program; or, a combination of five or more years of college education and work experience in a legal office/work environment. Should preferably have 2 years of insurance defense experience. Demonstrated experience providing customer-driven solutions, support or service is required. Demonstrated experience performing legal research, conducting investigations, gathering and summarizing medical records, indexing depositions, gathering evidence and preparing exhibits for trial is needed. Demonstrated experience preparing pleadings, motions, deposition summaries, discovery responses, and other legal correspondence is must. Demonstrated experience with various PC software applications (e.g. Microsoft Office Suites, Internet Explorer, Outlook, Acrobat, FrontPage) is essential. Demonstrated experience working with confidential documents and situations is required. Solid knowledge and understanding of legal ethics rules and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality is needed. Solid knowledge and understanding of tort and contract law, legal procedures, legal terminology, and the judicial system is must.
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