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Paralegal I - Restructuring

Job ID: 7291

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

Location: Chicago, IL, 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 3,500+ lawyers) operating from 19 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 Restructuring Paralegal I will assist Senior Restructuring Paralegals with managing all aspects of a Chapter 11 reorganization and out-of-court restructuring matters.  The Restructuring Paralegal teams are responsible for managing the organization and accuracy of documents and data in electronic databases ensuring all files are maintained with Firm approved case management systems. 

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

Manages Chapter 11 bankruptcy matters and assist in preparation and handling of bankruptcy e-filings and related documents.

  • Coordinates logistics and preparation of materials for Court filings, hearings, auctions, and client meetings
  • Manages process of drafting and revising fee applications
  • Drafts routine filings (e.g. attorney appearances, notices of filings, notices of motions, bankruptcy petitions, pleadings)
  • Assist with electronic court filing of bankruptcy related documents
  • Arrange service of filed pleadings with noticing agents
  • Monitors case dockets and circulates case filings
  • Monitors changes to federal and local rules, and requirements

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

  • Any other functions/duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills:

The ideal candidate will possess 2-4 years of experience preferably in a law firm handling complex Chapter 11 Bankruptcy matters for large corporate clients predominantly representing debtors.  Candidates must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.  The ability to work effectively in a team environment is required.   Flexibility to accommodate for travel and overtime is required.  Ability to lift up to 25 pounds is required.


  • MS Office proficiency required.
  • Electronic filing and Pacer Pro proficiency required.
  • Knowledge of Carpe Diem, Westlaw, and familiarity with DMS a plus.

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