Senior Paralegal

Job Title

Senior Paralegal

Requisition Number

R1894 Senior Paralegal (Open)

Location

Walnut Creek, California

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Job Information

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Legal file review and initial drafting of legal documents, discovery, pleadings and trial documents, including jury instructions, pre-trial motions and other pleadings. Draft discovery requests and prepare responses to discovery.
  • Calculate statutory deadlines and timely complete assignments in compliance with internal and external deadlines.
  • Independently identify tasks to be performed in specific files, under supervision of counsel.
  • Manage files with minimal attorney supervision and exercise sound legal judgment.
  • Differentiate between decisions that can be made independently and those that need attorney consultation and involve the practice of law.
  • Identify viable causes of action and draft original complaints. Primary focus of the law group is litigation to recover the amounts paid in both auto and homeowners insurance claims (subrogation).
  • Sophisticated ability to utilize on line sources for investigatory purposes.
  • Investigate subrogation claims and engage in investigatory fact-finding through a variety of means, including interactions with CSAA insureds and employees.
  • Legal research, including using electronic resources (Lexis), on a variety of factual and legal issues involving civil procedure and subrogation law.
  • Ability to add substantive value while assisting attorneys in preparing educational presentations.
  • Ability to conduct comprehensive legal analysis for attorneys on a variety of issues.
  • Assists attorney with preparation of evidence and works with retained experts.
  • Responsible for range of administrative tasks including opening and closing files, calendaring court dates and processing invoices.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Required:

  • Strong computer skills and demonstrated knowledge of legal software applications and Microsoft Office Suite, Power Point and Adobe Acrobat DC
  • Adept written skills needed to compose quality legal documents and correspondence with minimal review
  • Experience in civil tort litigation with an emphasis on negligence, product liability, premises liability and governmental liability.
  • Ready ability to multitask and comfort in doing so. Quality attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle and respond to sensitive and confidential information
  • Strong analytical, verbal communication and organizational skills
  • Advanced knowledge of legal concepts, terminology, principles and procedures
  • Unwavering commitment to embrace both the spirit and specific requirements of the legal code of ethics
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a litigation team environment
  • A resourceful problem-solver who enjoys championing workplace process efficiencies

Education, Work Experience, Licenses & Certifications

Required:

  • Minimum of 8 years previous experience as a paralegal.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Certification(s) and/or licensure(s) in functional area.
  • Paralegal certification per CA Business & Professions Code Section 6450-6456 or as required by statute in other states as applicable.
  • Complete and stay current with Paralegal Continuing Education requirements.
  • Notary license preferred

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