Houston law firm is seeking a Senior Paralegal with a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible paralegal experience in a law firm or corporate law department and possess a solid understanding of litigation issues and process. Must also possess the skills and experience to successfully anticipate routine aspects of complex assignments.  Must possess excellent problem-solving skills.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Initial review of case to assist attorneys’ evaluation of case.  Draft case chronologies, “cast of characters”, answers and other pleadings; oversee receipt and intake of client documents
  • Handle the written and documentary discovery process.  Draft discovery requests and responses for attorney review, coordinate production of documentary responses, review sufficiency of written and documentary responses.  Attend document production, interact with client to obtain pertinent documents
  • Coordinate and handle deposition process.  Coordinate and schedule lay and expert depositions, draft deposition outlines and select potential exhibits for attorney review, select relevant material for expert review, attend depositions, summarize transcripts.  Prepare and serve subpoenas; arrange for court reporters/video technicians
  • Coordinate creation of litigation support database.  Coordinate the creation of database in-house or litigation support firms, coordinate receipt and transfer of documents for document imaging using LiveNote to perform deposition summaries, word searches and provide links to written and imaged databases
  • Assist in factual investigations.  Assist in or coordinate with investigators witnesses searches, interview clients, employees, or third party witnesses, conduct public records searches, review and summarize employment and medical records for attorney review
  • Coordinate and assist in trial preparation.  Coordinate compilation of trial binders, trial exhibits, demonstrative exhibits, coordinate arrangements for equipment and use of offsite trial facilities; assist with preparation of motions in limine, jury instructions, witness and exhibit lists; draft direct and cross examinations; assist with jury selection, operate trial preservation software, and attend trial
  • Perform basic non legal and medical research, utilizing library books, on line research tools and internet, cite checking and shepardizing
  • File maintenance within Firm standard.  Prepare files for storage or return to client
  • Assist in the post-trial and appeal process by performing such tasks as polling jury members, drafting memoranda of costs, cite-checking Motions for JNOV and/or new trial and appellate briefs, and creating and coordinating the assembly of excerpts of record
  • Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of the job

Knowledge and Skills:

  • BA/BS degree or a certificate from an  ABA approved paralegal program in addition to ten years of experience in a law firm or corporate law environment
  • Experience in coordinating workload of case clerks and other paralegals preferred; coordinating all phases of case management for class actions and document intensive litigation using automated databases and automated document retrieval and imaging systems
  • Familiarity with both state [list specific state or states depending on office need] and Federal courts, and court procedures
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, LiveNote, Relativity and other litigation support programs, and on-line research tools
  • Interpersonal skills necessary in order to communicate with a diverse group of attorneys, staff and clients and provide information with ordinary courtesy and tact while safeguarding confidentiality
  • Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment
  • Workload occasionally requires more than regular work week hours to perform essential duties of the position; may require irregular hours. Occasional travel may be necessary
  • Must be self motivated with the ability to work independently and as a team member

Qualified applicant please send resume to:
Erin Wood
esw@attorneyrsource.com Job #10851