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Essential Job Functions
This position will have a considerable number of assignments from our copyright and trademark practice group. Typically, one IP Litigation Paralegal is assigned to most IP litigation cases with additional support provided in the form of Junior Paralegal personnel. In particular, cases that are large, complex or multi-party actions. The Paralegal will work with the assigned attorneys (including those attorneys in other offices) on the matter from the filing of the complaint through discovery, and attending trial. The Paralegal will be responsible for managing the flow of information and ensuring adherence to best practices. Successful Paralegals develop solid working relationships with senior partners and clients. They also continually find new and better ways of doing things, improving processes through the application of new technology.
The Paralegals interact with vendors and directly with government agencies (e.g. Patent & Trademark Office, Copyright Office, or Copyright Royalty Board) to obtain information and materials, such as certified copies of copyright or trademark registrations, file histories and file wrappers.
The Paralegals are responsible for managing the files (“case record”) including a complete set of the correspondence, memos, pleadings, and client documents in a matter, and help monitor deadlines by creating and maintaining calendars of key dates.
The Paralegals work in all phases of the discovery process, from collection of documents from the client to the production of documents to other parties. This means working with the client and their in-house legal staff to collect relevant electronic and paper documents and data, as well as assisting at client interviews and on-site document reviews. Once documents and data have been collected, the Paralegals design and manage the document review process to help identify and track potentially responsive, confidential and privileged materials.
Paralegals help compile information necessary to respond to interrogatories, document requests and requests for admission served on their clients. They also organize and review documents received from other parties.
In order to manage the large volume of documents and information during the discovery phase of litigation, Paralegals set up databases, either on-line or in-house, obtaining assistance and support as necessary from Litigation Support and from outside vendors.
Paralegals help attorneys prepare for depositions by arranging the preparation of witness files, compiling and organizing exhibits, and arranging the technical logistics with court reporting agencies. For expert depositions, they research prior testimony and publications, and track materials sent to the experts. Paralegals manage deposition transcripts and exhibits, and maintain searchable computer databases of testimony.
Paralegals work with the attorneys during the briefing process by checking the legal and fact cites, and ensuring proper formatting style. They are often responsible for assembling and organizing the exhibits and supporting documents as well as arranging for filing with the court and serving on all parties.
In preparation for trial, the Paralegals work with the attorneys, experts, and client to identify and compile potential trial exhibits, generate trial exhibit lists, and track objections to both party’s exhibits. They prepare deposition designations, and compile Pretrial Orders and other submissions. They coordinate the scheduling of witnesses for preparation and testimony. They work with trial consultants on graphics, linking deposition videos and other demonstratives, and coordinate courtroom logistics with courthouse personnel. They set up and manage off-site trial offices, arranging for all office support and logistics.
At trial, the Paralegal team prepares materials for each day’s examinations, tracks the use and admission of exhibits, tracks and reviews witness testimony, and delivers and picks up all materials at the courtroom each day.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Qualifications & Requirements
This position requires complex IP litigation (primarily copyright and trademark) experience - in various venues in the federal court system, as well as the trademark division of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office. Other tasks include electronic court filing (ECF), managing large discovery requests and responses, creating and managing databases and imaging systems, and supervising paralegal teams. The candidate must have high-level experience with a range of litigation support applications including web-based platforms. This person should also have experience managing out-of-town trial offices for cases that have gone to verdict. The ideal candidate will possess at least five years of IP Litigation Paralegal experience within a large law firm environment; a bachelor’s degree is preferred. Additional qualifications include excellent analytical and superior organizational abilities, solid communication and management skills, creativity and initiative. Flexibility for travel and overtime required.
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