Nationwide Paralegal Specialist in Columbus, Ohio
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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.
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.
CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Develops and maintains internal information data bases. Creates new processes for data maintenance, storage and retrieval.
Conducts and evaluates open and closed paralegal file audits and informs attorneys and management of the audit results; makes appropriate recommendations for improvement.
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.
Assists in the development and implementation of policies, procedures and precedents for the paralegal area.
Serves as subject matter expert, coordinates workflow and mentors/trains lower level paralegals.
Litigation -responds to requests for production o documents, response to interrogatories, and coordinates pre-trial proceedings and discovery.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:
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 reports the Sr. Counsel in Corporate Legal.
Responsibilities performed by departing associate:
Search in TeamConnect application for, and inquire of attorneys about, any material claims to report/disclose to external auditors
Prepare legal representation letters on material claims, litigation, and regulatory matters for GAAP and STAT financial statement audits
Partner with Corporate Litigation and NF Legal Practice groups to obtain confidential information on pending claims and matters to provide to reinsurers, insurers, and KPMG
Review and update reports that summarize status of professional lines insurance policy claims and reinsurance claims
Review and revise Property & Casualty and Accident & Health reinsurance contracts and ancillary agreements (e.g., confidentiality, nonwaiver, and trust agreements)
Research legal authorities/sources on complex issues pertaining to insurance and reinsurance matters
Work with Corporate Litigation and OCLO Support Center to gather invoices and information to support insurance / reinsurance recoverables
Analyze proposed and enacted/adopted federal and state legislation and regulations
Prepare and respond to internal questions concerning applications and sources utilized by our group and provide other project management support
Job ID: 52715