Senior Legal Assistant – Mass Torts

New York

Job Summary

Skadden is seeking a Senior Legal Assistant - Mass Torts to join our Legal Assistant Services team in the New York office.  The Senior Legal Assistant utilizes experience and knowledge of case/deal resources and methods to assist with advanced, complex tasks and projects, with minimal supervision, throughout all phases and aspects of Litigation/Corporate work, while providing guidance to legal practice assistants, legal assistants, attorneys and other professional staff, as needed.

  • Assists with the preparation and filing of state court and Federal Court pleadings and other court papers.
  • Prepares and handles technical, complex filings, including sealing procedures.
  • Pulls cases, shepardizes briefs and assists with cite-checking.
  • Provides support throughout all phases of discovery, including document review, production and depositions.
  • Assists with complex tracking and data analysis projects.
  • Assists with preparation for interviews, depositions, hearings, trials and/or client meetings.
  • Prepares for, provides support at, and attends, Mass Torts trials.
  • Proofreads briefs, memoranda of law, opinions and other documents.
  • Assists with retrieval of rules, regulations and company profiles.
  • Handles advanced, complex projects, and provides project management skills to effectively lead projects and teams.
  • Ensures that all Mass Torts case files are maintained within Department-approved protocols and case management systems, and seeks to improve workflows regarding storage and recall of electronic and paper files.
  • Organizes and manages electronic and paper files.
  • Maintains the integrity of client files.
  • Performs non-legal research using various research tools, including the Internet, Westlaw, LexisNexis, PACER, SEC/EDGAR and other media and financial services sites, and/or other court-related websites for case law, statutes, articles, books, etc.
  • Assists partners, associates and other legal assistants across offices, as needed.
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to facilitate effective work relationships with others.
  • Manages Firm resources responsibly.
  • Complies with and understands Firm operation, policies and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of state court rules and procedures
  • Working knowledge of Federal Court rules and procedures
  • Demonstrated experience working on class action litigations
  • Demonstrated ability with complex court filings, in both paper and electronic (e-filing) formats
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel
  • Ability to fluently navigate various electronic databases and document management systems
  • Working knowledge of Relativity and other e-discovery applications such as TextMap and CaseMap
  • Knowledge of Firm operation, policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of relevant Firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), with the ability to learn new software and operating systems
  • Strong research skills and proficiency in using various research tools, including the Internet, Westlaw, LexisNexis, PACER, SEC/EDGAR and other court-related websites and/or media and financial services
  • Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organizational and planning skills
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team
  • Ability to assume responsibility for assigned projects and tasks
  • Ability to assume leadership role on case teams
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities
  • Ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Demonstrates close attention to detail
  • Flexibility to travel as required
  • Flexibility to adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs

Experience/Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum of five years of experience in a legal assistant position or a position requiring similar skillset, expertise and experience
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