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Corporate Paralegal

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Organization Type

Law Firm

Job Type

Legal Staff

Date Last Verified

Jun 14,2018

Posted on

Mar 12,2018

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required

Location

Chicago, IL
Practice Area
Corporate >> Corporate - General
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Corporate Paralegal Duties: Assist attorneys to prepare integral corporate documents/materials. Work with lawyers to prepare all documents required to form corporations (both business and not-for-profit corporations), partnerships and limited liability companies in any state. Assist lawyers in the preparation of documentation for amendments, withdrawals, mergers and dissolutions of corporations, partnerships and/or limited liability companies. Assist lawyers with the completion of stock certificates. Complete franchise tax forms for lawyer review. Create and maintain corporate minute books. Work directly with attorneys and clients during closings and corporate transactions. Provide lawyers with assistance in the preparation for and closing of various corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings. Prepare audit letters for distribution to auditors and clients. Gather litigation and billing information to prepare draft responses to auditors’ requests for information. Assist with SEC Filings. Work directly with lawyers to prepare SEC filings with regard to securities offerings and respond to the requirements of the Securities Acts of 1933 and 1934 filings. Prepare/conduct UCC Filings/Searches. Assist lawyers in the preparation and filing of UCC filings and handle UCC filing search requests in all states. Work with Internal Revenue Service. Assist with the completion and filing of SS-4 Forms with the Internal Revenue Service for the purpose of obtaining Employee Identification Numbers (EINs) for corporations, partnerships and/or limited liability companies. Other tasks and projects as needed. The statements contained in this job description are not necessarily all-inclusive; additional duties may be assigned and requirements may vary from time to time.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: 4-year college degree in any discipline. Degree or certificate in Paralegal Studies is a plus. 5+ years’ experience as a Corporate Paralegal; ten or greater years’ experience preferred. Strong research and investigative skills. Proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.). Strong computer and software skills (LexisNexis, Westlaw, etc.) Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and coordinate work. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Familiarity with federal, state and local rules/filing procedures preferred. Strong interpersonal skills with ability to build strong relationships. Accepts ownership of projects and is successful in driving projects, as well as daily tasks, to a successful conclusion. Ability to adjust and adapt quickly to changing situations. Ability to work with detailed information accurately and efficiently. Able to maintain confidentiality. Ability to interact with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism. Exhibits clear and concise telephone and email etiquette. Must be able to work well as part of a team as well as work independently. Is responsive and sensitive to internal and external deadlines. Must quickly grasp the goals, service, culture and strategy of both the office and the firm overall. Must conduct professionally in appearance and actions; must set a positive example for all personnel.

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Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
131 South Dearborn Street
Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60603

Review:

"To be honest, it's not a great place to work. I've since gone to a better firm, so I figure I'll go ahead and write up a review as a former employee."

Former Employee - Reviewed on December 18, 2017

What I would recommend to anyone who may be reading this that is working for the law firm. Do whatever you can to change the pay scale and salary increase reviews to be one in which merit is considered rather than an employee's popularity.

Pros : Let's start with the good stuff. Everyone worked well as a group. We communicated throughout the firm when we had issues. We shared resources and I truly felt that we all scared about helping each other. We all wanted to see each other shine.
Cons : However, there was a lot of favoritism which led me to leave the firm. Advancements and salary increases weren't due to qualification, experience, or even how well we did in the past year. People were given salary increases greater than others just due to being a favorite of the head management. It was all politics over there. I wasn't as charismatic and personable as others, yet I was able to complete my job with flying colors. But because I wasn't as popular as others - I didn't receive great advancements in my pay.
Current or former employee? : Former Employee

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