Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, a top national litigation law firm with offices in Washington, D.C.; Tampa, FL; Baltimore, MD and New York, NY is seeking a Litigation Paralegal to be based out of its Washington, D.C. office. The Litigation Paralegal is a core member of our litigation, investigations, and trial teams. Travel is required and may involve multi-week projects in other locations. At present, we observe a hybrid-flexible work policy.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Under attorney supervision, perform research (factual, legal, internet, and other) and analyze documents to identify issues and relevant information. Compile information and prepare documentation that details key findings.
- Legal and factual cite checking, including creating Table of Authorities, Table of Contents, shepardizing and editing briefs to Blue Book standards and applicable court rules. Expert-level cite-checking proficiency is required.
- Prepare for and attend depositions, hearings, trials, and arbitrations, as needed. Coordinate assembly of exhibits and appendices for pleadings, witness materials, depositions, and trials. Summarize deposition and trial exhibits and transcripts.
- Experience with all stages of litigation, including e-Discovery, e-filing practices, and trial preparation activities.
- Draft, review, and analyze routine legal documents as requested by attorneys.
- Work in conjunction with the Litigation Support Department to create and maintain document review platforms (Concordance and Relativity experience preferred); understand legal technology concepts and terminology.
- Interacts with clients and outside vendors, expert witnesses and other law firms to gather and share information or data.
- Obtain services from outside contractors, including court reporters and filing services. Process billing and disbursement paperwork in connection with those services.
- Act as liaison for the project team with support departments and other offices in the firm.
- Gather and circulate case materials to the project team, as needed.
- Arrange filings, mailings, and service of process with appropriate courts, government agencies and other parties.
- Maintain pleadings, files, calendars, and other case material in electronic databases.
- Perform other work-related duties as assigned.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed herein are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must possess strong organizational, time management, analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize workloads.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution is required. A minimum of five years of paralegal experience is required.
Ability to read and interpret legal documents. Ability to write in a succinct, legal style and to speak effectively before groups of clients and/or employees of the firm.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Travel is required and may involve multi-week projects in other locations.