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Paralegal I - IP Litigation

Job ID: 7892

Updated: Jun 21, 2024

Location: New York, NY, 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 alternative asset management; restructurings; high-stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation; 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 20 offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

  • Work on matter from the beginning through trial or arbitration, managing the flow of information and ensuring adherence to best practices.
  • Develop solid working relationships with attorneys.
  • Improve processes through the application of new technology.
  • Interact with vendors and government agencies (e.g. Patent & Trademark Office) to obtain information and materials, such as certified copies of patents, file histories and file wrappers.
  • Manage the files (“case record”) including correspondence, memos, pleadings, and client documents in a matter, and monitor deadlines by creating and maintaining calendars of key dates.
  • Work in all phases of the discovery process, from collection of documents from the client to the production of documents to other parties.  Manage the document review process to identify and track potentially responsive, confidential and privileged materials.
  • Compile information necessary to respond to interrogatories, document requests and requests for admission served on clients.
  • Set up databases, obtaining assistance and support as necessary from Litigation Support and from outside vendors.
  • Manage litigation support systems including Relativity, TextMap, Concordance and Live Note. 
  • Prepare for and manage depositions by preparing witness files, compiling and organizing exhibits, arranging the technical logistics with court reporting agencies, researching prior testimony and publications, and tracking materials sent to the experts.
  • Manage deposition transcripts and exhibits, and maintain searchable computer databases of testimony.
  • During the briefing process, checks legal and fact cites, ensures proper formatting style, assemble and organize the exhibits and supporting documents and arrange for filing with the court and serving on all parties.

Qualifications & Requirements

This position requires complex IP litigation experience, including involvement in large discovery, creating and managing databases and imaging systems, supervising teams, preparing for trials in Federal court, and managing trial support.  Must have experience with a range of litigation support applications.  Preferred experience with out-of-town trial offices for cases that have gone to verdict.  The ideal candidate will possess 3+ years of IP Litigation paralegal experience. Additional qualifications include excellent analytical and organizational abilities, solid communication and management skills, creativity and initiative.  Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required.  Flexibility for travel and overtime required a must.


This job operates in a professional office environment.

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