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Senior Legal Assistant

Company name

Organization Type

Law Firm

Job Type

Legal Staff

Date Last Verified

Sep 21,2018

Posted on

Jun 13,2018

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Palo Alto, CA
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Senior Legal Assistant Duties: Utilizes experience and knowledge of case resources and methods to assist with advanced, complex tasks and projects, with minimal supervision, throughout all phases and aspects of Litigation work, while providing guidance to Legal Practice Assistants, Legal Assistants, attorneys and other professional staff. Handles advanced, complex projects. Organizes and manages electronic and paper files. Ensures that all Litigation files are maintained within Department-approved protocols and case. management systems, and seeks to improve workflow regarding storage and recall of materials. Maintains the integrity of client files. Assists with the preparation and court filing of pleadings and other court papers. Assists with retrieval of rules, regulations and company profiles. Assists with document productions. Assists with preparation for interviews, depositions, hearings, trials and/or client meetings. Proofreads briefs, memoranda of law, opinions and other documents. Pulls cases, shepardizes briefs and assists with and/or coordinates cite-checking. Performs non-legal research using various research tools, including the Internet, Westlaw, LexisNexis, PACER, SEC/EDGAR and other media and financial services sites, and/or other court-related websites for case law, statutes, articles, books, etc. Assists Partners, associates and other legal assistants across practice areas and throughout departments, as needed. Demonstrates effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to facilitate effective work relationships with others. Manages Firm resources responsibly. Complies with and understands Firm operation, policies and procedures. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree. Must be able to meet the requirements of a California Paralegal under CA Business and Professions Code section 6450. 5+ years of experience in a legal assistant position or a position requiring similar skillset, expertise and experience. Knowledge of Firm operation, policies and procedures. Knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), with the ability to learn new software and operating systems. Ability to navigate various electronic databases and document repositories. Strong research skills and proficiency in using various research tools, including the Internet, Westlaw, LexisNexis, PACER, SEC/EDGAR and other court-related websites and/or media and financial services. Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organizational and planning skills. Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing. Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team. Ability to assume responsibility for assigned projects and tasks. Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality. Ability to organize and prioritize work. Ability to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities. Ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment. Ability to work well under pressure. Demonstrates close attention to detail.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
525 University Avenue
Suite 1100
Palo Alto, CA 94301



Current Employee - Reviewed on July 26, 2018

My hope is that the firm continues to foster connections with alumni and have clear conversations with associates regarding career growth beyond the partnership track.

Pros : Great place to work. You will work hard, but there are many opportunities available for self-growth. The clients are incredible, although the work is often high stakes.
Cons : The hours are similar to any big law firm and there is a lot of work to get through on weekends.
Approve of the CEO[?] : Yes
Recommend this employer to a friend? : Yes
Business outlook for the next 6 months? : up
Current or former employee? : Current Employee
Job type : Full time

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