Litigation Paralegal

CitgoHouston, TX

Relocation

Relocation Benefits are not available for this position.

Note

Employer will not sponsor visas for position

Job Summary

May provide advanced in house litigation paralegal services in connection with state and federal lawsuits, arbitrations, claims, government inquires, subpoenas and regulatory proceedings involving the Company, including: intake of new cases; docketing of events; ensuring timely response; tenders of defense to insurers and indemnitors; organization, maintenance and control of responses to document production requests and subpoenas; creation and management of document databases; coordination of other discovery, including depositions and interrogatory answers; must be familiar with eDiscovery processes including the issuance of legal holds and electronic review of records for production in tools such as Relativity; liaison with designated outside counsel and their paralegal staff; contact court administrators and opposing counsel; liaison with internal clients and other departments; provide assistance to Legal Department attorneys; interpretation and implementation of contractual provisions regarding defense and indemnity. Conduct legal research and develop standard pleadings and documents. Maintain and update extensive departmental case management system (TeamConnect) which tracks status of all assigned cases and provides critical information for reporting to senior management. Utilization of TeamConnect includes monitoring budgetary requirements of outside counsel per our Retention Standards; opening new files; updating matter status notes, involved parties, dispositions, recoveries and settlements; maintaining calendars/appointments, contact cards and accurate allocations; approving invoices as required; entering expenses; monitoring service of process; closing and archiving matters; and preparing reports for the paralegal’s areas of responsibility. Assist with document and electronic information requests and production in litigation, regulatory investigations and governmental agency requests or subpoena.

Minimum Qualifications

Degree:
    Associate's Degree.
    Paralegal certificate, college training in paralegal studies or Paralegal certification preferred.
The minimun number of years of job related experience required by this job is:
    8 years.
List any specialized training or unique skills required:
    Minimum of 8 years paralegal experience (in either litigation or transactional).
    Associate’s Degree; Paralegal certificate from an institution approved by the American Bar Association; college training in paralegal studies or in a law degree program; OR successful completion of NALA Certified Legal Assistant exam or other paralegal certification exam strongly preferred.
    Experience with TeamConnect or comparable document database program or electronic matter management system preferred.
    Experience in legal database and research solutions such as Westlaw and Lexis needed preferred.
    Project management skills with experience in discovery processes (traditional and electronic) preferred.
    Strong verbal and written communications skills.
    Law firm trial prep and trial attendance experience preferred.
    Former in-house litigation experience preferred.
    Proficient organizational skills, ability to handle multiple projects.
    Ability to manage confidential and sensitive information.
    Familiarity with records retention and destruction processes preferred.
    Flexibility and attention to detail required.
    Must be able to work independently and take initiative managing a legal docket.
    Some experience with contract review or other transactional work is a plus.
    Proficient in MS Office software including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel.
    A valid driver’s license is required.

Job Duties

Provide advanced litigation paralegal services in connection with state and federal lawsuits, arbitrations, claims, government inquires, subpoenas and regulatory proceedings involving the Company, including: intake of new cases; docketing of events; ensuring timely response; tenders of defense to insurers and indemnitors; organization, maintenance and control of responses to document production requests and subpoenas; creation and management of document databases; coordination of other discovery, including depositions and interrogatory answers; liaison with designated outside counsel and their paralegal staff; contact court administrators and opposing counsel; liaison with internal clients and other departments; provide assistance to Legal Department attorneys; interpretation and implementation of contractual provisions regarding defense and indemnity. Alternatively, may provide advanced commercial paralegal services in connection with contracts, finance and real estate matters, bankruptcies, trademarks and patents, foreclosures, corporate governance, collection and judgments, and other transactional matters involving the Company. Conduct legal research and develop standard pleadings and documents. Maintain and update extensive departmental case management system (TeamConnect) which tracks status of all assigned cases and provides critical information for reporting to senior management. Utilization of TeamConnect includes monitoring budgetary requirements of outside counsel per our Retention Standards; opening new files; updating matter status notes, involved parties, dispositions, recoveries and settlements; maintaining calendars/appointments, contact cards and accurate allocations; approving invoices as required; entering expenses; monitoring service of process; closing and archiving matters; and preparing reports for the paralegal’s areas of responsibility. Assist with document and electronic information requests and production in litigation, regulatory investigations and governmental agency requests or subpoena.
Scanning, organization and electronic filing of documents and correspondence as part of management of assigned cases.
Participate in special departmental or company-wide projects as requested.

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