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Scientific Advisor

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Job ID: 4364


Location: New York, NY, United States

Category: Paralegal

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Essential Job Functions

The Scientific Advisors are a group of in-house technical advisors with advanced degrees in science and engineering.  Typically one Scientific Advisor is assigned to most IP litigation cases, particularly those that are large, complex or multi-party actions.  The advisor works with all of the attorneys on the matter from the commencement of the case through trial, including, but not limited to, preparation and prosecution of opinions to support clients' commercial strategies.  Successful advisors develop solid working relationships with senior partners and clients.  They also continually find new and better ways of performing research, improving processes through the application of new technology, and coordinate with the Firm’s Library Services as an additional resource for information. 

  • Advisors are expected to use their science and technology background to facilitate the flow of information between inventors, experts, attorneys, and clients.
  • Advisors are expected to assist attorneys in presenting scientific and technical data to those without scientific backgrounds.
  • Advisors are expected to assist in all aspects of the investigation of each relevant case that they are assigned to.
  • Advisors are expected to assist the attorneys with the preparation and refinement of research that is relevant to case specific infringement and patent validity searches.
  • Advisors are expected to assist the attorneys during document review process; they will also assist attorneys with witness preparation and may attend depositions to offer guidance and clarity on technical matters.
  • Prior to and during trials, Advisors will be expected to develop and provide guidance with the preparation of demonstrative exhibits. 

Qualifications & Requirements

All Advisors must have a Ph.D. or M.S. degree with several years of experience in Immunology.

Additionally, an Advisor must fit at least one of the two descriptions below.

Advisors with a Ph.D. or M.S. Degree

An Advisor with a Ph.D. will assist attorneys in reviewing, understanding, and relying on scientific or specialized documents.  The Advisor must have a demonstrated ability to analyze specialized data and documents from the perspective of his or her field of study. (i.e., if the Advisor holds a Ph.D. in Immunology, then the Advisor must have a demonstrated ability to review and analyze specialized science and legal documents relating to Immunology.)  The Advisor must be able to review a report, pleading, etc. and answer questions clearly and succinctly regarding the scientific contents.  The Advisor must have good writing skills and be able to explain scientific concepts in layman’s terms.  The Advisor may be expected to attend and assist attorneys at depositions, meetings, hearings, trials, etc.  The Advisor must be able to perform a scientific citation check of legal pleadings and other documents.  The Advisor must have a demonstrated ability to perform research and factual investigations relating to his/her field.  The Advisor’s work must always be supervised by a Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney.


The Advisor position falls under the Paralegal Program and all administrative duties remain the same for Paralegals and Advisors.  All work done by Advisors must be under the direct supervision of Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorneys. 

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