LITIGATION PARALEGAL (Wilmington Office)

To apply, please send resumes to hrwilmington@cshlaw.com.

FLSA Status:   Non-Exempt

Reports to:   Supervising Attorney(s), and/or HR Director

Employment Status:  Full time – 40 hours per week

Supervisory Responsibilities:  No

Summary:   A paralegal assists attorneys in performing their job, enhances attorney effectiveness by providing information and legal support, as well as representation of the attorneys to clients and others.  Paralegals perform a variety of tasks, including drafting legal documents, reports, and summaries, performing research, and preparing for depositions, settlement conferences, motions, trials and hearings.

Minimum Qualifications:  4 year degree, or Paralegal certificate from an accredited paralegal program, or At least 10 years’ experience working as a paralegal

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:  

  • Must be proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite; i.e., Word, Outlook, etc.
  • Minimum typing speed of 50 wpm
  • Knowledge of NetDocuments (Document Management Software) and Elite helpful
  • Must be flexible/detail oriented
  • Excellent client service or interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle conflicting priorities
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to provide paralegal support for two or more attorneys
  • Ability to complete tasks in a timely fashion
  • Ability to manage/meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, or as part of a team, using initiative in all aspects of assignments
  • Keen observation skills
  • Prior North Carolina litigation paralegal experience a plus
  • Working knowledge or familiarity with NC and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Evidence

Expectations:

  • Regular attendance 5 days per week – consistently on time (unless pre-approved or modified schedule)
  • Accuracy of work product
  • Aspire to record 100 or more billable hours per month

Physical Demands:  The paralegal position requires long periods of sitting at a keyboard drafting documents and/or correspondence, or doing other data entry.  Some light to moderate lifting of files will be required, along with some bending, stooping and reaching.  Occasional travel may be required.

Essential Functions: 

The litigation paralegal position may involve some or all of the following duties:

  •  Record daily billable time in time and billing system;
  • Prepare conflict check worksheets upon receipt of new cases and set up case files upon firm’s acceptance;
  • Calendar deadlines, hearings, client reporting requirements, discovery, and other events and deadlines in document management system;
  • Draft correspondence, case status reports and budgets;
  • Draft pleadings, including answers, motions, notices, orders, calendar requests, subpoenas, affidavits, and other court filings;
  • Draft discovery requests and responses;
  • Draft Settlement Agreements and Releases;
  • Schedule mediations and depositions;
  • Confer with clients/insureds regarding discovery responses, mediation, depositions, etc.;
  • Locate, contact and/or interview parties, witnesses, and experts;
  • Communicate with opposing counsel, co-counsel, clients, insureds, expert witnesses, court personnel, and others, to facilitate progress of cases;
  • Communicate with vendors regarding copying, preparation of exhibits, imaging, etc.;
  • Prepare information to be provided to experts, including pleadings, demographics, and medical records, and maintain a record of the same;
  • Review and analysis of large quantities of documents for confidentiality/privilege/work product/relevance prior to production to plaintiff’s counsel;
  • Maintain deposition errata sheets;
  • Prepare medical and event chronologies;
  • Summarize depositions;
  • Prepare and update indices of pleadings, discovery, and other file materials;
  • Organize, analyze and maintain case file, including documents, discovery, pleadings, medical records,  and trial notebooks;
  • Perform online research regarding criminal record, driving record, and civil suit histories;
  • Perform legal research;
  • Cite-check briefs and assist in preparation of supporting exhibits;
  • Create databases, code documents, and load deposition transcripts into Eclipse;
  • Assist with preparations for hearings/mediations/trials, including preparation of exhibits, power point presentations, notebooks, etc.;
  • Maintain attorney deadlines and calendar;
  • Any other related tasks that may be assigned by Management or supervising attorneys.