Litigation Paralegal

Commercial Liability Defense
oregon
Full Time

Description

Smith Freed Eberhard is seeking a paralegal with commercial law experience to join our Portland office. Smith Freed Eberhard is a tier one litigation defense firm that specializes in multiple practice areas. Attorneys at the firm are consistently recognized by Martindale Hubbell, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers as being top-ranked trial lawyers. To find out more information about the firm, please visit our website at www.smithfreed.com

Smith Freed Eberhard offers a flexible and fun work environment.  Collaboration between partners, associates, paralegals and staff is vital to serving our clients well.  Our casual work environment allows you to deal with what needs to be done rather than keeping up appearances.  Employees have the ability to participate in making the community a better place with pro bono, community service, and fundraising opportunities and activities.  Smith Freed Eberhard provides the tools you need to succeed in your cases and your career.

Smith Freed Eberhard is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, military service obligations or other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Summary

As a paralegal for Smith Freed Eberhard, your responsibility includes case management by reviewing and analyzing claims file materials, preparing notebooks, indexing and comparing documents, and creating and maintaining medical chronologies and billing summaries.  You will be responsible for all aspect of discovery, which includes preparing and serving discovery requests, summarizing discovery responses, and identifying and obtaining all documents needed to complete discovery.  This could entail preparing Subpoenas Duces Tecum and conducting investigation research.  You will be responsible for assisting the attorney with exhibits, documents, and file preparation for deposition, arbitration, and/or trial.  You will be required to identify and understand each client-specific billing guideline and ensure all billable work is being performed within those guidelines.

Responsibilities
  • Assisting with the preparation, filing and service of pleadings.
  • Acting as liaison among all parties including court or other neutrals for scheduling and sharing information
  • Organizing and managing documents, including the creation of spreadsheets and retrieval systems
  • Coordinating the collection, review and production of documents and responding to discovery requests
  • Assisting with trial preparation including the assembly of exhibits, witness binders and appendices for depositions and court filings
  • Summarizing deposition and trial transcripts and exhibits
  • Researching case-related factual issues using in-house files and outside reference sources
  • Compiling information and, preparing statistics, charts, graphs and other summaries to detail the findings
Competencies
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments, and manage multiple deadlines
  • Monitor and case management of litigation files, including tracking deadlines
  • Ability to move cases forward with little supervision
  • Draft various pleadings such as Motions, Affidavits, Orders, Request for Production, Requests for Admissions, Subpoena Duces Tecum, etc., specific to case
  • Familiarity with Oregon law
  • Review and respond to written discovery requests
  • Review medical records/bills and create medical summary and medical billing
  • Perform in-depth research and investigation for case development
  • Assist attorneys with exhibits, documents, and file preparation for deposition, arbitration, and trial
  • Identify and understand each client-specific billing guideline to ensure work is being performed within those guidelines
Compensation

Compensation and Benefits

  • Compensation commensurate with education and experience.
  • Great office views of the city
  • Bonus opportunities
  • Well rounded benefits package including Health, Dental, FSA, STD, LTD, Life Insurance, 401k, and profit sharing
  • Mass transit reimbursement
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Licensed Massage Therapist on staff
  • Meditation room
  • Firm provided coffee and snacks

Requirements

The ideal candidate for this position is a paralegal who has demonstrated the ability to handle complex assignments, work independently, have excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills, handle a variety of tasks simultaneously, and has experience with the commercial side of law.  Familiarity with medical chronologies and/or the insurance industry is a plus, as well as experience in preparing Motions, Affidavits, Orders, Request for Production, Requests for Admissions, Subpoena Duces Tecum.

Nice to haves

Firm Values: One Firm, One Team, One Direction

Cultivation

  • We coach, mentor and provide feedback to one another
  • We maintain a growth mindset and avoid complacency
  • We lead with innovation and hard work
  • We embrace change and ideas from everyone

Collaboration

  • We work together to innovate and achieve winning solutions
  • We learn from our collective successes and experiences
  • We encourage teamwork on every task no matter how big or how small

Compassion

  • We show empathy towards our colleagues, clients and communities
  • We celebrate wins and learn from losses
  • We listen to all voices fairly

Community

  • We communicate openly, directly and respectfully
  • We commit to fun, family and a healthy work-life balance
  • We are inclusive of diverse ideas, viewpoints and people
  • We support each other and our community at large
It’s your turn.

Apply to our Paralegal – Portland position now.