Senior Paralegal Specialist (Litigation)

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
September 23, 2022
Houston, TX
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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We are currently seeking a Senior Paralegal Specialist supporting our Litigation practice reporting to assigned attorneys, the Litigation Practice Coordinator and the Litigation Practice Manager.

The Senior Paralegal Specialist will have hybrid work capabilities and can reside in either the Dallas or Houston office. The Senior Paralegal Specialist is assigned to work primarily on specific cases, provide general assistance to a case team of attorneys, and/or to support attorneys whose practice involves specific areas of law. The Senior Paralegal Specialist may also monitor regulations, legal developments and compliance procedures in their area of expertise and collaborate with the Litigation Practice Manager on special projects, case logistics, and implementation of best practices. In addition, the Senior Paralegal Specialist may be asked to train and mentor a team of junior paralegals, attorneys, project assistants and other staff. The Senior Paralegal Specialist is expected to perform all responsibilities with a commitment to providing superior service to the firms clients, attorneys, advisors and staff, and to maintain an atmosphere of teamwork and continuous improvement.

Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Provide senior level paralegal support to trial teams, from case inception to finish, including managing trial logistics in coordination with Trial Services, liaising with the court clerk as needed, preparing trial exhibit lists, deposition designations, and other legal documents for trial, and coordinating war room and other trial supplies.

  • Proactively and independently anticipate and attend to case needs and coordinate workflow with attorneys and/or other paralegals and staff.

  • Under the supervision of an attorney, draft, edit, cite-check, conform and otherwise assist in the preparation of legal documents. Prepare basic pleadings and shell templates of discovery notices and responses.

  • Compile and prepare exhibits for court filings including cover sheets and redactions if necessary.

  • Maintain pleadings files and other case records; circulate materials to case team, as needed. Maintain chronological records of case activity.

  • Arrange filings, mailings and service list deliveries with appropriate courts, government agencies and other parties.

  • Prepare binders of case documents and exhibits for depositions, hearings, trials and other proceedings.

  • Obtain services from outside contractors, including court reporters, contract attorneys, research services, exhibit preparation services, filing services and printers. Process billing and disbursement paperwork in connection with those services.

  • Assist with organization of client materials and attorney work product, including use of databases, imaging systems and other computer-based technology.

  • Conduct statutory, regulatory or factual research with respect to client matters. Such research might include investigation of federal or state laws and regulations, relevant markets, corporate participants and industry standards and practices.

  • Participate in due diligence, privilege and other reviews of client records and files.

  • Act as liaison for the case team with support departments and other offices of the firm, anticipating and assuming responsibility for special staffing needs, such as overtime, clerical and/or notary assistance.

  • Establish strong rapport and working relationships with attorneys and staff. Foster and encourage a culture of superior client service, responsiveness and collegiality.

  • Demonstrate poise, professionalism and discretion when interacting with peers, attorneys, staff, and outside business contacts.

  • Travel, as required by the Practice and/or client.

  • As requested by the Litigation Practice Manager, Litigation Practice Coordinator, or assigned attorneys, coordinate work of other paralegals and/or project assistants or staff.

Qualifications (Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities):

  • Four-year college degree required

  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal certification preferred but not required

  • 5+ years of general litigation experience required, with an emphasis on trial experience within a law firm setting

  • Substantive knowledge of and familiarity with specific areas of law, as required.

  • Strong analytical and research skills

  • Advanced working knowledge of MS Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate potentially detailed and complex information to others

  • Strong organizational and time management skills, including the ability to organize self and others

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and adjust to changing priorities in a professional manner

  • Ability to manage multiple projects with specific deadlines, and complete tasks under time pressure as necessary

  • Demonstrated strong attention to detail

  • Ability to read, comprehend and follow instructions

  • Ability to work independently and with a team

  • Willingness and ability to assume new tasks and responsibilities

  • Strong service orientation, and an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with users, peers, office and firm management, and outside business partners

  • Commitment to the office and firm

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