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Senior Paralegal

Job ID: 6741

Updated: Aug 4, 2022

Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States

Category: Paralegal


About Kirkland & Ellis

At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.

As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and management; restructurings; high-stakes litigation and trials; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,000+ lawyers) operating from 18 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

Typically one IP Litigation Paralegal is assigned to most IP litigation cases, particularly those that are large, complex or multi-party actions.  The Senior Paralegal works with all of the attorneys on the matter from the beginning through trial or arbitration, managing the flow of information and ensuring adherence to best practices. 

The Paralegals are responsible for managing the files (“case record”) working in all phases of the discovery process, from collection of documents from the client to the production of documents to other parties. 

Essential Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

Litigation Case Management

  1. Obtains information and materials from IP vendors and government agencies, such as the US Patent & Trademark Office
    1. Certified patents
    2. Patent file histories and wrappers
  2. Manages document production processes - hard copy, electronic, etc.
    1. Collects material from client, opposing parties, and third parties (hard copies, electronic data, physical evidence)
    2. Maintains chain of custody
    3. Tracks materials through the process
    4. Designs and implements document review systems
    5. Prepares privilege logs
    6. Manages logistics of production of documents - hard copy, images, native
  3. Substantive Research
    1. Analyzes documents and materials
    2. Performs factual research
    3. Compiles information into charts, graphs and timelines
    4. Researches prior testimony and publications of opposing experts
    5. Researches rules of procedure for relevant court venues, and assures adherence thereto
  4. Coordinates preparation and filing of briefs and legal documents
    1. Drafts routine filings (e.g. attorney appearances, notices of filings, notices of motions)
    2. Legal cite checking, shepardizing (Westlaw, Lexis)
    3. Fact checking
    4. Compiles appendices and exhibits
    5. Blue Book formatting, application of local rules
    6. Files with court and serves on parties
  5. Interacts with outside entities (clients, government agencies, expert witnesses, consultants, other law firms, opposing parties, court personnel, etc.)
  6. Manages litigation support systems
    1. Databases (Concordance, Summation, Access, etc)
    2. Transcript management systems (LiveNote)
    3. Calendaring, task sharing, collaborative systems
  7. Manages preparation for witnesses and depositions
    1. Manages preparation of witness & subject files
    2. Assists in preparation of witness outlines
    3. Works with expert witnesses
    4. Manages technical logistics for depositions (remote hookups, electronic transcripts, videography, synchronization)
  8. Manages trial preparation and trial support
    1. Compiles and tracks trial exhibits
    2. Prepares pretrial documents
    3. Sets up and manages trial offices and trial support (e.g. remote office setup and logistics)
  9. Manages resources
    1. Supervises legal staff
    2. Obtains and supervises support from Firm departments (e.g. Litigation Support, Graphics Services, Purchasing, Trial Support Services)
    3. Manages relationships with supporting vendors (graphics, court reporters, trial support, hotels, etc.)

Other Functions (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary. Delete if not applicable.)

  • All job functions that are not essential should be listed here.
  • Consider that these are functions that could be eliminated as a reasonable accommodation.
  • Include “any other functions/duties as assigned by management” or similar language.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • This position requires complex Intellectual Property litigation experience, including managing large discovery, creating and managing databases and imaging systems, supervising teams, preparing for trials in Federal court, and managing trial support.  Must have high-level experience with a range of litigation support applications.  Should also have experience managing out-of-town trial offices for cases that have gone to verdict.  The candidate will possess 8-10 years of IP Litigation Paralegal experience in a lead role and meet the California Business & Professional Code 6450 requirements, bachelor’s degree preferred.  Additional qualifications include excellent analytical and organizational abilities, solid communication and management skills, strong computer abilities, creativity and initiative. Flexibility for travel and overtime required.


  • Relativity
  • MS Office Suite
  • Legal databases and research tools
  • US PTO knowledge and experience

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

  • Paralegal certificate preferred

Work Environment

  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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