New York, NY
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 support lawyers throughout the litigation/arbitration process. This includes the initial information gathering stage, support with the 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.
- Assist with document retrieval, review, organization, and production.
- Maintain case pleadings, correspondence, discovery and research.
- Manage case calendars.
- Support trial, hearing and arbitration preparation, including coordination of set-up and logistics; attend and assist at related proceedings.
- Compile document collection, production and privilege logs; maintain various case trackers; prepare exhibit lists.
- Coordinate and support attorneys at depositions and prepare witness kits.
- Assist attorneys with coordination, preparation and filing of briefs and other court filings in accordance with federal and state court rules, including adherence to strict deadlines and local and individual court practices.
- Cite-check, Shepardize and Bluebook briefs; prepare tables of contents and authorities, assemble accompanying exhibits.
- Conduct legal research using Bloomberg, Lexis, Westlaw, Pacer, etc.; prepare casebooks.
- Conduct detailed searches in document databases and utilize e-discovery tools.
- Coordinate work with outside document, discovery, court reporting and trial vendors.
- Prepare audit response letters.
- Serve as a resource to attorneys and junior legal assistants on procedural and case-specific issues, e.g., pertaining to cite-checking, the Bluebook, court filings, discovery, and trial preparation.
- Attend practice group and case team meetings.
- Train/mentor junior legal assistants, as needed.
- Notarize documents.
- Prepare and release daily diaries and weekly timesheets.
- Assist with special projects, e.g., monitor topics of interest to attorneys, coordinate meetings, etc.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
- BS/BA degree.
- 5-7 years of experience as a litigation paralegal.
- Strong cite-checking skills and experience, and knowledge of the Bluebook.
- Experience attending and assisting at trials.
- Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Excel and PowerPoint.
- 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.
The estimated salary range for this role is $79,000.00-$113,000.00
Salary: $79,000.00-$113,000.00, dependent on experience
Date Active: 9.21.2023
Exempt/Not Exempt: Non-Exempt