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Paralegal - Admiralty

Company: Phelps Dunbar LLP
Location: New Orleans
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Phelps Dunbar is an AmLaw 200 full-service law firm. Phelps Dunbar LLP is offering an opportunity for an Admiralty Paralegal in the New Orleans office. The admiralty/maritime paralegal will perform various substantive legal duties under the supervision and direction of the attorneys in the Admiralty section.Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Organize and maintain files from the inception of the case through the completion.
  • Conduct factual investigations to identify key parties and relevant documents for the preparation of discovery.
  • Assist in the preparation of discovery requests and discovery responses.
  • Coordinate depositions of parties requested by attorneys (i.e. claimant, treating physicians, experts).
  • Draft various pleadings.
  • Assist with all aspects of case litigation, preparation and identification of exhibits for motions, position papers, mediation, depositions and trial.
  • Verify case citations in briefs for current validity and accuracy through LexisNexis.
  • Interact with government entities, physician offices, hospitals and court officials as well as with clients.
  • Assist in trial with exhibits, demonstrative aids and witnesses.
  • Maintain attorney calendars up-to-date with case deadlines.
  • Conduct legal research.
  • Maintain medical records up to date and into chronology binders.
  • Schedule and coordinate Independent Medical Examinations, Vocational Rehabilitation Evaluations, marine and economists with the preparation of expert reports
  • Maintain time sheets and meet firm deadlines as outlined.Education and Experience Required:
    • The paralegal must have a four-year college degree, certification in paralegal studies, and a minimum of one year litigation experience. Significant experience as a paralegal may be substituted for the certification.Qualifications and Skills Required:
      • Important skills include those relating to computer technology, automated legal research (LexisNexis), assertiveness, interpersonal relationships, telephone communication skills, excellent writing/grammar skills, analytical reasoning and organization.
      • Experience with litigation software and case management software is desirable.Performance Measures:The paralegal will be evaluated by the attorneys in the section with whom he/she works based on the following performance criteria:
        • Ability to perform responsibilities as outlined above, both in terms of the quality and quantity of work.
        • Familiarity with available litigation support technology.
        • Ability to work independently; degree of motivation and initiative.
        • Dependability and cooperation with attorneys and other support staff.
        • Achievement of the annual billable hour goals.

Keywords: Phelps Dunbar LLP, New Orleans , Paralegal - Admiralty, Legal , New Orleans, Louisiana

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