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Paralegal - Admiralty

Company: Phelps Dunbar LLP
Location: New Orleans
Posted on: September 24, 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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