Under general supervision of assigned attorneys and the Intellectual Property Practice Manager, and following prescribed department, office, and firm procedures, Paralegals are assigned to work primarily on specific cases/transactions, provide general assistance to a project team of attorneys (sometimes in multiple offices), and/or to support attorneys whose practice involves specific areas of law including Intellectual Property litigation and Complex Commercial litigation. Paralegals may also monitor regulations, legal developments, and compliance procedures in their area of expertise. In addition, Paralegals may be asked to provide general supervision of Project Assistants and other clerical staff. Paralegals are expected to perform all responsibilities with a commitment to providing superior service to the firm’s clients, attorneys, advisors, and staff while maintaining an atmosphere of teamwork and continuous improvement. Above all, Paralegals must fulfill the needs of the firm in a manner which is consistent with the Firm's visions and values.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Duties are performed throughout every work day, as necessary):
- Conduct statutory, regulatory, or factual research with respect to client matters. Such research might include the investigation of federal or state laws and regulations, relevant markets, corporate participants, and industry standards and practices.
- Participate in due diligence, privilege, and other reviews of client records and files.
- Assist with the organization of client materials and attorney work product, including the use of databases, imaging systems, and other computer-based technology.
- Calculate and calendar case deadlines, as appropriate. Maintain, monitor, and organize case calendars.
- Maintain paper and/or electronic pleading files and other case or project records; circulate materials to the project team, as needed. Maintain chronological records of project activity.
- Coordinate with attorneys and eDiscovery teams regarding the production of documents, and maintain and update production logs.
- Arrange filings, mailings, and service list deliveries with the appropriate courts, government agencies, and parties.
- Under the supervision of an attorney, draft, edit, cite-check, conform, and otherwise assist in the preparation of legal documents.
- Prepare binders for depositions, hearings, trials, and completed transactions.
- Obtain services from outside contractors, including court reporters, research services, exhibit preparation services, filing services and printers. Process billing and disbursement paperwork in connection with those services.
- Act as liaison for the project team with support departments and other offices of the firm, anticipating and assuming responsibility for special staffing needs, such as overtime, clerical, and/or notary assistance.
- Act as liaison for project teams in preparing for depositions, document production, hearings, and/or trials.
OTHER ESSENTIAL DUTIES (Duties are performed periodically, as necessary):
- Travel, as required by the practice and/or client.
- Assist at hearings, depositions, and trial.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Ability to read, write and speak English
- Intellectual Property and/or Complex Commercial litigation/trial experience (from case inception through discovery and trial or appeal)
- Ability to handle logistics for hearings, depositions, witness meetings and trial
- Substantive knowledge of and familiarity with Intellectual Property law including relevant experience with Section 337 cases before the ITC
- Knowledge of the U.S. International Trade Commission rules and procedures
- Knowledge of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as well as local rules and filing procedures for U.S. District Courts
- Strong analytical and research skills
- Thorough knowledge of MS Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate potentially detailed and complex information to others
- Aptitude and willingness to work with complex procedures
- Strong organizational and time management skills, including the ability to organize self and others
- Demonstrated strong attention to detail
- Ability to read, comprehend, and follow instructions
- Ability to manage multiple priorities and adjust to changing priorities in a professional manner
- Ability to work independently and with a team
- Willingness and ability to assume new tasks and responsibilities
- Strong service orientation along with an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with users, peers, office and firm management, and outside business partners
- Ability to work well under pressure, facilitate solutions, and meet deadlines and milestones for projects assigned
- Commitment to the office and firm
- Commitment to professional growth and development
- Four year college degree required
- At least three years of experience in a paralegal position required
- Paralegal certification preferred