Nationwide Trial Division Sr Paralegal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Job ID: 52159
*This Senior Paralegal opening is available in Nationwide'sTrial Division office in center city Philadelphia.
*Ideal candidate will possess defense litigation experience and the ability to work in a fast paced / paperless environment._____________________
JOB SUMMARY: Performs a variety of complex legal related tasks with minimal supervision of a trial attorney or managing attorney. Assists in the preparation and trial of lawsuits by coordinating pre-trial proceedings, participating in discovery activities, drafting motions, pleadings, and subpoenas, obtaining witnesses and performing related duties. Ability to handle small matters with little to no oversight and/or direction and handle medium size matters with some oversight and direction. Skilled to mentor and train new paralegals within the office. Activities may be directed by Trial Attorney, Managing Attorney or Regional Attorney.
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to Managing Attorney or Regional Attorney.
CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reviews office files and answers routine correspondence. Conducts legal research, file management and case progression activities. Drafts correspondence to opposing attorneys, claims and clients with regard to related discovery matters, case status, motions, etc.
Drafts interrogatories and other discovery as well as complex pleadings, discovery motions and orders for attorney review and approval.
Obtains, compiles and analyzes records for discovery. Handles incoming discovery. Analyzes and responds to incoming discovery. Reviews and analyzes medical records.
Prepare experts/other witnesses and any other necessary pre-trial and/or trial activities.
Summarizes and/or indexes depositions, and on completion of discovery, summarizes and indexes all material.
Drafts jury instructions. Drafts and issues necessary subpoenas.
Contacts parties and witness(es) concerning trial dates and coordinates with the attorney their appearance and testimony.
Coordinates any necessary interviews; meet with clients and/or witnesses as necessary to ensure proper case development.
Arranges for necessary medical and expert witnesses and coordinates their time.
Performs other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Education: Undergraduate studies in business administration, insurance or other related area preferred.
Designations: Certification in paralegal studies preferred; equivalent experience may be substituted.
Experience: Typically four years as a paralegal with proven performance.
Knowledge: Operation, practices and procedures of a law office engaged in civil litigation. Filing procedures of relevant courts and administrative agencies. Demonstrated knowledge of legal research and dispositive motion practices. Demonstrated knowledge of ability to analyze and interpret medical reports.
Skills/ Competencies: Strong verbal and written communication skills for contact with employees, attorneys, clients and customers. Ability to operate a personal computer and related legal and business software and data bases (i.e. Powerpoint Pacer, Pacer, Lexis, etc.). Ability to design and maintain a filing system. Ability to effectively prioritize work. Analytical ability to independently research information and determine applicability of legal action.
Staffing Exceptions: Staffing exceptions to the above minimum job requirements must be approved by the: VP, Trial Division and HR Officer.
Overtime eligibility: Eligible (non exempt)
Working Conditions: Professional law office environment. Occasional travel.
ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some associates assigned to the job to performs a somewhat different combination of duties.
Credit Check: Due to the fiduciary accountabilities of this job, a valid credit check and/or background which will be requires as part of the selection process.
Job Evaluation Activity: Evaluated January 2007 SMP (Updated 5/2014 SLR)
Job Function/Family: LEG/PAR