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Litigation Paralegal

Shumaker Loop & Kendrick Charlotte, NC
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

Summary:

Assists attorneys in litigation area of law. Position requires working with clients and attorneys to prepare and maintain documents. Administers multiple, deadline-sensitive case management duties. Tracks project deadlines, identifying and applying various guidelines of differing jurisdictions.

FLSA Status:

Hourly Non-Exempt

Job Classification:

Reports and is responsible to the Litigation Department Administrator (s) and all attorneys within the department.

Essential Duties:

Assists attorneys in litigation area of law. Position requires working with clients and attorneys to prepare and maintain litigation documents. Administers multiple, deadline-sensitive case management duties. Tracks project deadlines, identifying and applying various guidelines of differing jurisdictions.

Other Responsibilities – Specific Areas:

Commercial Litigation:

  • In certain cases, preparation of stipulation extending period in which to answer or otherwise respond to complaint;
  • Preparation of initial draft of answer or other responsive pleadings;
  • Obtain and index/organize all documents provided by the client relative to the litigation, including chronology of documents;
  • Preparation of initial draft of interrogatories, requests for admissions and requests for production of documents;
  • If necessary, schedule appointment with expert witness(es), prepare draft letter to expert, forwarding materials for his/her review;
  • Preparation of initial draft notices of depositions, scheduling of reporter and conference room, preparation of subpoena, when necessary;
  • In certain cases, review of deposition transcript and preparation of outline of same;
  • Extensive preparation and organization of client’s documents for production, in certain cases by e-discovery;
  • Extensive organization of documents produced, in certain cases by e-discovery;
  • Scheduling of witness interview, informing witness of trial dates; in certain cases, the paralegal may be asked to conduct an initial interview;
  • Preparation of motions as requested by assigning attorney, for example, motions to compel, motions to show cause, motion in contempt;
  • Schedule court reporter and arrange for location for deposition;
  • The litigation paralegal may be requested to do limited legal research, jury verdict research, expert witness research, obtaining case law, shepardizing and cite checking cases from briefs; (the litigation paralegal should have a good working knowledge of Westlaw);
  • Preparation of and marking exhibits for depositions and/or trial;
  • Pre-trial check of jury questionnaires and jury lists;
  • If necessary, work with attorneys on arbitration/trial exhibits and potential testimony using litigation support software;
  • In certain cases, the paralegal will be asked to attend arbitration/trial with the attorney;
  • In cases which are settled, preparation on an initial draft of release and dismissal entry;
  • In cases to be appealed, preparation of Notice of Appeal, praecipe and docketing statements as well as preparation of outline of trial transcript;
  • In certain cases, preparation of post-judgment documents, including praecipes for certificates of judgment; non-wage garnishments and wage garnishments;
  • The litigation paralegal should follow-up various details in specific cases as requested the assigning attorney;
  • Closing files: work on organizing all files, with detailed index for easy retrieval in the future, in necessary.

Collection Matters

  • All of the above, when applicable;
  • In case of a default judgment prepare motion for default judgment and accompanying affidavits and order;
  • Obtain Certificate of Judgment;
  • File Certificate of Judgment with court in county where the debtor has potential real or personal property;
  • Prepare post-judgment attachment documents, i.e. non-wage garnishment documents, wage garnishment and/or writs of execution;
  • Prepare Motion for Debtor’s Examination, schedule conference room or outside location and court reporter for examination;
  • If post-judgment garnishment or writ of execution proceedings are successful, prepare Motion for Distribution and proposed Order.

The above listing is by no means exhaustive, however, it does give a basic outline of the type of work which the litigation paralegal will be asked to perform.

Education, Experience and Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an ABA approved Paralegal program
  • Minimum five years’ experience in litigation law practice
  • Strong understanding of litigation terms and technological skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, some knowledge of the capabilities of litigation software such as: Relativity
  • Superior research skills, including the use of online services, databases and the Internet
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Project and case management skills including a strong aptitude for managing and prioritizing multiple projects and deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as analytical, problem solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to work independently and maintain a high degree of confidentiality

Physical Requirements:

  • Sitting frequently, six out of eight hours per day
  • Sitting position static for up to one-half hour at a time
  • Lifting and carrying up to 20 pounds occasionally, up to one hour per day
  • Bending and stooping occasionally, up to one-half hour per day

Shumaker Loop & Kendrick

Why Work Here?

Supportive work environment with great team members and benefits!

Address

101 South Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28280
Charlotte, NC
28280 USA