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Scientific Advisor

Job ID: 6860

Updated: Sep 26, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Category: Paralegal

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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

The Scientific Advisors are a group of in-house technical advisors with advanced degrees in science and engineering.  Typically, a Scientific Advisor will be assigned to IP Litigation cases.  The advisor works with all of the attorneys on the matter, typically from commencement of the case through trial.  Successful advisors develop solid working relationships with senior partners and clients.  They also continually find new and better ways of performing research, improve processes through the application of new technology, and coordinate with the Firm’s Library Services as an additional resource for information. 

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

  • 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 developing technical arguments and presenting scientific and technical data to those without scientific backgrounds.
  • Advisors are expected to assist in all aspects of the investigation of each case that they are assigned to.
  • Advisors are expected to assist the attorneys during document review; 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 in presenting technical arguments and preparing demonstrative exhibits. 

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills:

  • All Advisors must have a B.S. or M.S. degree with several years of experience in electrical engineering or computer science.
  • An Advisor 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 an electrical engineering degree, then the Advisor must have a demonstrated ability to review and analyze specialized science and legal documents relating to electrical engineering.)  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.

Supervision:

  • 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. 

How to Apply

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