Troutman Sanders LLP recognizes the American Bar Association (ABA) definition of the duties and responsibilities of a paralegal and incorporates it as a basic element of the following description.
A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive* legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. *Substantive is further defined by Troutman Sanders LLP as: work which, for the most part, requires a sufficient knowledge of legal concepts that, absent such assistance, the attorney would perform.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Perform paralegal duties and responsibilities as directed by group leader and other attorneys in assigned substantive practice group.
Demonstrate strong organizational and writing skills.
Research, analyze and summarize law sources such as statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, treatises, constitutions, legal codes and law-related information relevant to practice area.
Research, investigate, analyze and summarize facts and factual issues relevant to practice area.
Receive and follow complex instructions.
Draft and prepare legal documents appropriate to practice area.
Docket and take appropriate action to monitor and meet deadlines.
Establish priorities and work concurrently on a variety of projects.
Perform all assignments in strict compliance with ethical guidelines governing the practice of law.
Demonstrate good teamwork skills within and among practice groups, offices and firm to facilitate efficient delivery of legal services.
Consistently exhibit a high degree of professionalism.
Use initiative and discretion in accomplishing routine assignments with minimum supervision.
Direct and coordinate activities of law office support personnel as assigned.
Participate in the training and professional development of other paralegals in routine practice elements.
Conduct PACER research and run PACER reports.
Works with litigation databases, including conducting searches, loading transcripts, and coding documents.
Assist in deposition preparation, including preparation of deposition notebooks.
Organize and monitor the maintenance of large matter files, i.e. correct and timely filing of correspondence, pleadings, transcripts and other case materials
Number and stamp documents for document productions, trial exhibits and trial notebooks.
Copy and code documents in large document production performed inside or outside the office.
Organize, chronologize, categorize and index documents, or other legal documents.
Assist with trial organization.
Retrieve public records and/or obtain public records from online sources or directly from government institutions.
Summarize simple depositions or other legal documents
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common technical journals, financial reports, legal and legislative documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from clients, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to draft motions, briefs, memoranda and pleadings that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to senior level attorneys, top management, clients and peer groups.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of legal and technical instructions in diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Graduation from a four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree, and certificate of completion from a paralegal training program, American Bar Association (ABA) approval preferred.
About Troutman Sanders LLP
Founded in 1897, Troutman Sanders LLP is an international law firm with more than 650 attorneys practicing in 12 offices located throughout the United States. The firm’s clients range from large multinational corporations to individual entrepreneurs and reflect virtually every sector and industry. The firm’s heritage of extensive experience, exceptional responsiveness and an unwavering commitment to service has resulted in strong, long-standing relationships with clients across the globe. In recognition of the firm’s strong service culture, Troutman Sanders has been on the BTI Client Service A-Team for 13 consecutive years.
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity is an essential part of Troutman Sanders’ culture and contributes to the firm’s success and continued expansion. The firm proudly supports many initiatives that foster an inclusive environment. Since 2008, the firm has earned the top rating of 100 percent in the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Troutman Sanders is not only known for dedication to clients, but also for commitment to the communities in which fi...rm personnel live and work. Members of the firm are active in civic, charitable, religious, educational, professional, international, governmental and arts-related organizations. In addition, firm attorneys and paralegals devote thousands of hours to pro bono legal services each year.