Experience: 1+ years
Location: Chicago Loop
Area of Practice: Online copyright infringement / Drone law
Paralegal/ Administrative Assistant
Paralegal/administrative assistant for a small law firm in a nice location and building in downtown Chicago near Michigan Avenue. We offer a positive and collegial working environment and the opportunity to learn interesting things while helping people in need. Our firm concentrates primarily in two practice areas:
1) Defending clients accused of online copyright infringement claims in federal court.
2) Drone law (commercial unmanned aircraft systems).
While the practice workload varies, currently most of the day to day work involves clients with online copyright infringement claims. We have an excellent national reputation in both of these practice areas and our clients are literally from Hawaii to New York.
Most clients are accused of downloading "free" movies using BitTorrent software or illegal streaming sites or apps like PopcornTime. Sometimes we find it was the parent's children who did the downloads, and often times nobody knows who did it. Clients tend to be grateful for our assistance which is a nice benefit to our practice area. Initially when they first contact us they may be confused and/or have anxiety about the accusation against them. Your job and ours is to provide competent information to them in order to allow them to make rational decisions about their legal choices on how to deal with it.
A large portion of time will be spent speaking on the telephone to both clients and prospective clients who were recently served with a summons, or they received an ISP letter informing them a subpoena was received to reveal their identity in relation to the movie download lawsuit, aka federal copyright infringement lawsuit. This will often involve providing the prospective client with legal options as well as the risks and benefits of each option.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Telephone intake including prospective clients
Keeping accurate track of the status of client matters
Assist in PACER research for new cases and case developments
Assist in creating blog articles under attorney supervision for new case updates
Assisting attorneys in communicating with clients and opposing counsel
Administrative and scheduling functions related to the practice.
Bachelor's degree and/or paralegal certificate from ABA program
Maintain strict confidentiality of client information.
Ability to organize case authorities in legal briefs.
Ability to write clearly in both correspondence and legal pleadings and motions.
Excellent oral communications
Pay attention to detail.
Ability to follow complex procedures and comply with instructions, court rules, etc.
Ability to identify what work needs to be done and carry out typical job functions with minimal direct supervision.
Ability to think creatively and solve problems.
Ability to manage and prioritize work on multiple cases and projects to meet established deadlines.
Ability to use judgment to make sound, justifiable recommendations, and to know when and to whom to escalate issues.
Able to learn new skills as technology changes.
Able to understand legal concepts and issues relevant to a litigation matter.
Able to assist in improving the Firm's litigation support workflows and practices
Online legal research
Experience with litigation procedures in federal and Illinois state courts
Experience with electronic discovery
Advanced knowledge of electronic research tools (e.g., Westlaw) and public records resources
Highly proficient with Microsoft Office (including Excel) and Adobe Acrobat
Strong written and oral communication skills
Excellent organization and project management skills
Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint
Honesty and ethical behavior. Legal requirements are a floor, not a ceiling.
A good sense of humor
Willingness to pitch in wherever necessary to help us get the job done.
Being able to handle stressful situations, focusing first on client needs and the needs of the law firm. You will be under the supervision of the attorneys and high levels of stress are not an ordinary occurrence at our firm. However when things come up you must be able to deal with them competently.
Feedback and constructive critique from the attorneys is an expected occurrence and learning opportunity.
Compensation depends on qualifications. A candidate with zero experience would be expected to start at between $30,000 - 35,000 to start plus a 401K company match, with a review in six months. A successful candidate with greater experience could be between $35,000 to $40,000 plus a 401K company match. Financial bonuses may occur depending on firm profitability and job performance.
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