Paralegal – Civil Litigation

Seeking experienced paralegal for our Avon location. While highly professional, our firm culture “behind the scenes” is very congenial and relaxed. Our average employee tenure is seventeen+ years and every employee is viewed as an integral member of the Team that serves our valued clients. We work very hard but enjoy the company of our co-workers at our annual Team Day luncheon (AWESOME food), Holiday Party (typically hosted at the home of one of our attorneys), and quarterly “happy” hours after-hours. We employ 30 attorneys and 44 support staff with offices in Avon and Sandusky.  Our Firm is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Information:

  • M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Non-exempt
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Health insurance, Group Life Insurance, voluntary dental, vision, disability, and additional life insurance. 401(k) after six months of employment
  • Dress code for this position is business casual with a strong emphasis on “business.”

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED), paralegal degree and/or certification preferred
  • 10+ years of paralegal experience in a civil litigation practice required
  • Ability to perform each job duty (with or without reasonable accommodation)
  • Possession of each competency and factor

Job Duties:

  • Compose, proof, edit and finalize documents including but not limited to: correspondence, pleadings, position statements, deposition notices, subpoena, summons, journal entries, discovery pleadings, settlement documents, motions, and other documents
  • Communicate by phone and in person with clients, agencies, courts, and internal and external attorneys and professionals to exchange information and to execute documents with or without attorneys present
  • Interpret and implement rules and procedures of civil and local courts and governmental agencies
  • Perform computer and manual legal research and prepare memoranda detailing findings; perform Internet research; Shepardize cases
  • Review and analysis of documents and compile information therefrom
  • Organize, index, and screen documents for production including control numbering
  • Trial preparation (all phases), including attendance and assistance at trial
  • Conduct all duties in compliance with all laws and legal ethics
  • Perform other tasks as assigned

Competencies:

  • Must have strong computer skills including MS Office 2010 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Windows 7, and Internet Explorer. Our Firm uses legal practice management software called Prolaw for which we will provide training
  • Must be comfortable and competent working in a structured environment with many established and highly specific procedures
  • Must maintain a professional, friendly, cheerful, and highly courteous demeanor at all times.
  • Must be punctual in arriving for work and in meeting all work deadlines
  • Must possess a Team player mentality with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Must be flexible and not possess a “that’s not my job” mentality
  • Must be proactive – those who ask “what can I do next to help?” fit the bill
  • Must be readily accepting of supervision, constructive criticism, and having errors pointed out while also being able to work autonomously
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be competent in grasping and incorporating new information quickly
  • Must exercise good judgment and make great decisions
  • Must exercise strong time management skills and prioritization of duties to create maximum efficiency with minimum disruption or redundancy
  • Must approach duties in an energetic manner and show strong initiative, ownership of your duties, and be truly engage in your duties
  • Must possess strong organizational and project management skills

Factors — Physical, Mental, & Environmental:

  • Must be able to work independently
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to maneuver throughout all areas of the facility and from floor to floor
  • Must be able to occasionally lift files boxes of up to 30 lbs (carts are available for transport); and, have the ability to push, pull, reach, bend, twist, stoop and kneel
  • Must have the manual dexterity to operate a computer and other necessary office equipment
  • Must be capable of multi-tasking and able to readily adjust duties to accommodate expected and unexpected changes without frustration or complaint
  • Must be able to use tact and understanding when dealing with a variety of personalities and perform well under stress
  • Must be fluent in oral and written English

Please complete the online Employment Application and submit a resume and cover letter to:

Wickens Herzer Panza
Attn: Christina A. Maschari, HR Manager
35765 Chester Road
Avon, OH 44011-1262
CMaschari@WickensLaw.com
(440) 695-8098 Fax

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