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This large, prestigious Chicago based law firm with offices throughout the US has established itself as being the premier, if not the best, labor and employment powerhouse firms in the nation. It now provides a range of legal services, including corporate and business law, general litigation, environmental and other related matters. Its clients include Fortune 500 companies, industrial and manufacturing companies, banks and brokerage houses, healthcare institutions, transportation companies and other media conglomerates. The atmosphere is light and confident, as the lawyers are assured that their expertise is rarely rivaled by many of the other firms. Compensation is the top of the market, and associates are expected to work long hours. This firm offers tremendous growth opportunities for resourceful and energetic attorneys.
Litigation Paralegal work closely with practice group attorneys to serve clients in multiple functions across various areas of litigation law. Assist with all aspects of discovery, including organizing documents, maintaining electronic databases and coordinating document productions, Bates-stamping, redaction, duplication and indexing of documents. Position will work with Practice Support and e-Discovery groups on electronic productions. As directed, categorize documents by subject matter, prepare chronologies, create key document files. Conduct factual research, including performing initial case assessments and document searches; creating and maintaining internal case databases; running searches on internal and external document databases and systems, as needed; culling relevant information from a variety of resources such as newspapers, magazines, libraries, case documents and trade associations. Research various aspects of the case for purposes of discovery, including requesting admissions and production, and factual legal research. Draft various initial pleadings, including answers, document requests and responses, interrogatories and other discovery, summons and affidavits. Prepare witness and matter materials for case preparation. Organize interview memos, digests and other relevant documents for attorney review and case preparation. Locate and interview witnesses, and assist in preparing selected witnesses for trial. Assist attorneys in preparation for depositions, gather and prepare documents, organize exhibits, take notes and handle exhibits during the deposition, digest transcripts. Assist with hearing and motion practice, including assembling all relevant documents, proofreading papers, organizing exhibits and creating document indices in the preparation of motion filing. File all pleading and documents with courts and agencies, including organizing briefs, exhibits and appendices as well as ensuring proper compliance with notification rules, distribution of files and courtesy copies. Identifying and contacting experts who may help in a case. Assist with trial preparation and trials. Organize exhibits, files and all other supporting documents, coordinate trial set-up and logistics. As requested, assist attorneys in the courtroom by taking notes, handling exhibits, and marking documents referred to by counsel. Operate trial support software.
Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree and/or Paralegal Certificate required. Ability to learn internal firm related client technologies, software and web-sites; manage and maintain clients sites, group collaboration sites and calendaring sites; and, contribute to improving functionality of technology. Exceptional organizational and investigative skills; a self-starter; highly motivated; adaptable; flexible; detail-oriented worker; able to prioritize deadlines. Excellent communication skills, including listening skills, and writing skills. Experience with all aspects of litigation including factual research; discovery; drafting notices, correspondence, pleadings, motions, orders, discovery responses; witness preparation; depositions; filing in state and federal court; trial preparation and trials. Strong familiarity with document review and tagging databases such as Ringtail, Relativity, and other online versions of e-discovery tools. Experience with Trial Director, TextMap and CaseMap. Ability to use Lexis, Westlaw, PACER, and other online sources for public document searches and case law preferred. Ability to conduct research on court rules and state statutes. Ability to cite-check and Blue Book legal briefs and pleadings. Ability to prepare exhibits and demonstratives for depositions and trial. Experience e-filing and manual filing legal pleadings. Strong ability to work independently and follow-through on projects with minimal supervision. Ability to work well under pressure and remain flexible to changing priorities. Flexibility to work beyond standard business hours. Strong customer service orientation. High level of experience with all Microsoft Office programs.
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