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Litigation Paralegal

Job ID: 4606

Updated: Oct 4, 2018

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Paralegal

About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

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. They determine the information management needs of the matter, and develop and implement an effective system to manage and share documents and information among all those working on the matter.  The Paralegals work in all phases of the discovery process, as well as during trial preparation and attending trail with the team. Paralegals aslo work with the attorneys during the briefing process by checking the legal and fact cites, and ensuring accuracy and proper formatting style. They research local rules, and obtain information about the venue and the judge (e.g. judge’s bio, prior decisions and opinions).

Essential Job Duties

I.  Manages document production processes - hard copy, electronic, etc.

  • Assists with the collection of material from client, opposing parties, and third parties (hard copies, electronic data, physical evidence)
  • Maintains chain of custody
  • Tracks materials through the process
  • Designs and implements document review systems
  • Prepares privilege logs
  • Manages logistics of production of documents - hard copy, images, native

II.  Substantive Research

  • Analyzes documents and materials
  • Performs factual research
  • Compiles information into charts, graphs and timelines
  • Researches prior testimony and publications of opposing experts
  • Researches rules of procedure for relevant court venues, and assures adherence thereto

III.  Coordinates preparation and filing of briefs and legal documents

  • Researches local rules of procedure for relevant court venues, and assures adherence thereto; obtains information on the venue (e.g. judge’s bio, prior decisions and opinions); obtains precedent from other cases in the venue
  • Drafts routine filings (e.g. attorney appearances, notices of filings, notices of motions)
  • Checks legal cites for proper format, content and standing (Westlaw, Lexis; Blue Book)
  • Researches and checks fact cites for proper format, content and accuracy (Blue Book)
  • Compiles appendices and exhibits
  • Manages service of process; files with court and serves on parties; coordinates with local counsel

IV.  Interacts with outside entities (clients, government agencies, expert witnesses, consultants, other law firms, opposing parties, court personnel, etc.)

V.  Manages litigation support and information management systems

  • Makes relevant documents and information quickly and easily available to attorneys on the team
  • Designs and manages databases (Relativity, Concordance, Summation, Access, etc)
  • Designs and manages transcript management systems (LiveNote)
  • Designs and manages calendaring, task sharing, collaborative systems and extranets

VI.  Manages preparation for witnesses and depositions

  • Manages preparation of witness & subject files
  • Assists in preparation of witness outlines
  • Works with expert witnesses
  • Manages technical logistics for depositions (remote hookups, electronic transcripts, videography, synchronization)

VII.  Manages trial and hearing preparation and support

  • Compiles and tracks trial exhibits
  • Prepares pretrial documents
  • Sets up and manages trial offices and trial support (e.g. remote office setup and logistics)
  • Develops good relationship with Court Clerk, coordinating courtroom logistics with courthouse personnel
  • Assists in courtroom, anticipating needs of attorneys
  • Communicates with and coordinates witnesses, consultants, experts
  • Manages trial vendor support
  • Tracks exhibit admissions and, often, takes trial notes
  • Manages trial transcripts

VIII.  Manages resources

  • Supervises legal staff
  • Obtains and supervises support from Firm departments (e.g. Litigation Support, Graphics Services, Purchasing, Trial Support Services)
  • Manages relationships with supporting vendors (graphics, court reporters, trial support, hotels, etc.)

Qualifications & Requirements

The ideal candidate will possess 2+ years of experience that focuses on complex litigation cases, including managing large discovery, creating and managing databases and imaging systems, supervising teams, preparing for trial, and managing trial support. Must have high-level experience with a range of litigation support applications. Experience managing out-of-town trial offices for cases that have gone to verdict preferred by not required. Additional qualifications include excellent analytical and organizational abilities, solid communication and management skills, creativity and initiative. Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required. Flexibility to accommodate for travel and overtime is required.Ability to lift up to 25 pounds is required.

Technical proficiency should include MS Office, Litigation Support Application, Legal Research software and E-filing tools.

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