WILMINGTON OFFICE

Cranfill Sumner LLP is looking for a Litigation Paralegal to join the team in our Wilmington, NC office.  A Litigation Paralegal assists attorneys and legal staff in their day-to-day work, enhances attorney effectiveness by providing legal knowledge and support, and represents the attorney and firm to clients, legal professionals and other matter related individuals.  A Litigation Paralegal further supports the attorney by preparing pleadings, discovery and other legal documents and communication; reviewing and maintaining legal documents; and preparing for upcoming events, including hearings, depositions, mediations, and trials.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from a 4 year college or university, or
  • Paralegal certificate from an accredited paralegal program, or 
  • At least 10 years’ experience working as a paralegal

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Word
  • Minimum typing speed of 50 wpm
  • Knowledge of document management, billing, docketing, and e-discovery legal software is helpful
  • Excellent client service and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact well with and respond to the needs of all levels of individuals
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in oral and written form
  • Highly organized with attention to details, including the ability to own and prioritize all aspects of the position and meet deadlines in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Effectively manage and maintain confidential information
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently, or as part of a team, using initiative in all aspects of assignments
  • Ability to read and absorb complex information quickly and accurately
  • Ability to provide paralegal support for two or more attorneys
  • 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

  • Accuracy of work product
  • Consistent and timely attendance 5 days a week Monday – Friday (unless pre-approved or modified schedule)
  • Reflect our Core Values of Teamwork, Reputation, and Client Service
  • Aspire to record 100 or more billable hours per month

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Long hours of sitting at a keyboard drafting documents and/or correspondence, or doing other data entry
  • 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;
  • Set up new files, including preparation of conflict worksheet (including review of Complaint for names and relationships of parties and communication with attorney(s));
  • 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, including responsive documents;
  • Draft Settlement Agreements and Releases;
  • Communicate with clients and insureds regarding discovery responses, depositions, mediation, etc.;
  • Communicate with opposing counsel, co-counsel, clients, insureds, expert witnesses, court personnel, and others, to facilitate process of cases;
  • Communicate with vendors regarding copying, preparation of exhibits, imaging, etc.;
  • Locate, contact and/or interview parties, witnesses, and experts;
  • Prepare information to be provided to experts, including pleadings, demographics, and medical records, and maintain a record of the same;
  • Prepare medical and event chronologies;
  • Prepare materials for meetings, hearings, depositions, mediations, and trials, including preparation of exhibits, PowerPoint presentations, notebooks, etc.;
  • Review and analyze large quantities of documents for confidentiality/privilege/work product/relevance prior to production to plaintiff’s counsel;
  • Review, Local, State, and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Evidence;
  • Cite-check briefs and assist in preparation of supporting exhibits;
  • Possible preparation of index of pleadings, discovery, and other file materials (including medical records if not preparing chronology);
  • Possible scheduling of meetings, hearings, depositions, mediations, etc., and calendar same;
  • Summarize depositions;
  • Summarize discovery responses from other parties;
  • 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 online social media research;
  • Perform legal research;
  • Create databases, code documents, and load deposition transcripts into e-discovery software;
  • Maintain attorney client list, deadlines, and calendar;
  • Back up other Litigation Paralegal(s) as requested or assigned; and
  • Any other related tasks that may be assigned by Management or Supervising Attorney(s).

Qualified candidates interested in this position at the Wilmington Office (101 N. 3rd Street, Suite 400
Wilmington, NC 28401) can submit resumes to HRWilmington@cshlaw.com.