Nationwide Paralegal Specialist in Columbus, Ohio

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Federal securities filing, financial services, variable insurance experience preferred.

JOB SUMMARY: Provides the highest level of administration and professional assistance and support to the legal staff in the development, research, management and resolution of legal issues involving their respective business units. Prepares and drafts complex legal documents, agreements and pleadings related to litigation and non-litigation matters. Works independently and with substantial latitude for un-reviewed actions or decisions.

Job Description

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to Counsel/Paralegal Supervisor; typically no direct reports but may have a paralegal reporting to this position; may serve in a team lead capacity.


  1. Provides the highest level of legal support services to attorneys and counsel in the form of legal research, drafting of legal and business communications, and document preparation for trial. Requires little supervision in the execution of assigned tasks.

  2. Conducts the broadest and most complex and detailed legal research and compiles data from such references as on-line references, digests, practice manuals or other sources. Researches and provides analysis of statutes, regulations and court decisions. Prepares summaries of digests and recommends resolutions to legal questions. Prepares memos to internal and external contacts.

  3. Drafts contracts, patent applications, resolutions and other legal documents. Works with attorney on unusual matters. Drafts detailed deposition outlines/questions, motions, pleadings, subpoenas, orders and briefs.

  4. Conducts and supervises broad level assignments, necessitating the ability to evaluate matters which may have a major impact on the conduct of the company. May assist the attorney in executing moderate legal matters.

  5. Leads the analysis and evaluation of records and data for discovery. Drafts recommendations and correspondence to clients, claims attorneys, and customer with regard to discovery and legal matters.

  6. Develops and maintains internal information data bases. Creates new processes for data maintenance, storage and retrieval.

  7. Conducts and evaluates open and closed paralegal file audits and informs attorneys and management of the audit results; makes appropriate recommendations for improvement.

  8. Is an expert in both fundamental and advanced paralegal concepts, practices and procedures of particular field of specialization. Maintains currency in both business unit and legal professional competencies.

  9. Assists in the development and implementation of policies, procedures and precedents for the paralegal area.

  10. Serves as subject matter expert, coordinates workflow and mentors/trains lower level paralegals.

  11. Litigation -responds to requests for production o documents, response to interrogatories, and coordinates pre-trial proceedings and discovery.

  12. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education:Undergraduate or post-graduate studies in business administration, insurance or other related area preferred.

Designations:Certification in paralegal studies preferred.

Experience:Typically eight or more years experience as paralegal with proven performance.

Knowledge:Advanced knowledge of paralegal, concepts, practices and procedures. Advanced knowledge of the operations, practices and procedures of general counsel or civil litigation. Proven knowledge of filing requirements of relevant courts and administrative agencies. Must have a demonstrated knowledge in legal research and complex deposition motion practices as well as appellate procedures.

Skills/ Competencies:Advanced analytical, research and organizational skills. Proven ability to set work priorities that conform with established standards and to be self-starter and work with limited direction. Capacity to manage complex projects with minimal supervision. Proven ability to provide leadership and support. Ability to give presentations in both formal and informal settings. Strong verbal and written skills for contact with associates, attorneys, clients and customers. Ability to operate a personal computer and related legal and business software and data based.

Staffing Exceptions:Staffing exceptions to the above minimum job requirements must be approved by the: Officer, Managing Counsel and Human Resources.


Overtime eligibility:Eligible (non exempt)

Working Conditions: Normal office environment, Occasional travel. Non-standard or extended work may be required based on project needs.

ADA:The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some associates assigned to the job to performs a somewhat different combination of duties.

Credit Check:Due to the fiduciary accountabilities of this job, a valid credit check and/or background which will be requires as part of the selection process.

Job Evaluation Activity: Evaluated March 2006 SMP

Additional Job Description

This position can be field at a Paralegal Specialist or lower level Paralegal position.



Job ID: 54855