Overview

New York, NY 

Summary

Under the supervision of the Manager of Litigation Legal Assistants/Specialists and attorneys, the Lead Legal Assistant will work closely with the Litigation Practice Group to provide support to lawyers throughout the litigation/arbitration process.  This includes the initial information gathering stage, support with preparation of pleadings and correspondence, discovery (including assistance with the retrieval, review and production of documents), briefing (including assistance with filing in state and federal courts), trials, hearings, administrative proceedings, settlements, as well as careful archival of case material.  The Lead Legal Assistant must be exceptionally organized and proactive, willing and able to take ownership of tasks, and must deliver work product of the highest quality.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist with document retrieval, review, organization, and production.
  • Maintain case pleadings, correspondence, discovery and research.
  • Manage case calendars.
  • Support trial, hearing and arbitration preparation and assist in related proceedings.
  • Compile document collection, production and privilege logs; prepare exhibit lists.
  • Coordinate and support attorneys at depositions and prepare witness kits.
  • Support attorneys with court filings, including adherence to strict deadlines and local / individual court practices.
  • Prepare documents in accordance with federal and state court rules.
  • Conduct legal research using Bloomberg, Lexis, Westlaw Next, Pacer, etc.; prepare casebooks.
  • Coordinate work with outside document and litigation vendors.
  • Cite-check, Shepardize and Bluebook briefs; prepare tables of contents and authorities, assemble accompanying exhibits.
  • Serve as a resource to attorneys and junior legal assistants on procedural and case-specific issues, g., pertaining to cite-checking, the Bluebook, court filings, discovery, trial preparation.
  • Attend practice group and case team meetings.
  • Train/mentor junior legal assistants, as needed.
  • Prepare audit response letters.
  • Notarize documents.
  • Prepare and release daily diaries and weekly timesheets.
  • Assist with special projects, g., monitor topics of interest to attorneys, coordinate meetings, etc.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned. 

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to produce high-quality work product under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to carefully and accurately follow instructions and prioritize work appropriately.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion in a professional manner.
  • Ability to take ownership of tasks and think creatively.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • Ability to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Knowledge of factual issues and court procedures for assigned matters.

Education & Experience

Essential

  • BS/BA degree.
  • 3+ years’ experience as a litigation paralegal.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Trial experience.
  • Experience in cite-checking and the Bluebook.

Desirable

  • Experience in preparation of audit response letters.

Physical Activity/Other Miscellaneous

  • Flexibility to work outside standard business hours.
  • Flexibility to travel as needed.
  • Ability to lift/carry up to 15 pounds.

*Firm’s compensation is merit-based. The good faith, annualized salary range for this position is $70,000 to $108,000 depending on the candidate’s overall experience and other job-related factors permitted by law such as, education, training, other responsibilities. The annual salary range listed is just one component of the firm’s total compensation and benefits package which includes a discretionary bonus, paid leave, life, health, accident and disability insurance; and a 401(k) plan.

Salary: $70,000-$108,000, dependent on experience
Date Active: 1.5.2023
Exempt/Not Exempt: Non-Exempt