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Paralegal

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Organization Type

Law Firm

Job Type

Legal Staff

Posted on

Aug 07,2018

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required

Location

Houston, TX
Practice Area
Construction >> Construction
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Paralegal The candidate will assist attorneys in preparation for closings, hearings, and trials. Will investigate the facts of the assigned matter to insure that all relevant information is considered and included. Identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles and other materials relevant to the assigned matter. Prepare written reports, to be used in the determination of how a case may be handled. Draft pleadings, motions and other documents on behalf of the attorney. Organize and track information and files. Monitor and review government regulations for changes. Bachelor's degree with ABA paralegal certification or Associates/Bachelors degree in Paralegal studies is needed. Should preferably have 2 + years litigation experience. Construction practice group experience is preferred. Proficient in Microsoft Office is essential. Excellent oral and written communication skills are needed. Strong client service focus and ability to work effectively in a team environment is needed.

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Hiring Coordinator
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
700 Milam Street
Ste 1300
Houston, TX 77002

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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