Senior Paralegal, Commercial Litigation & Intellectual Property

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GENERAL PURPOSE:

The key functions of this position are: handling and partnering with attorneys and other paralegals to lead intellectual property and commercial litigation, including assisting outside and in-house counsel with intake, filing, case management, deadline tracking, fact collection and discovery. This position will also respond to subpoenas, demand letters and pre-litigation inquiries. Additionally, this position will be responsible for running product sales and accounting reports; and developing, monitoring and helping to administer various compliance programs or related legal projects (such as ADA access, records management, and electronic discovery). In undertaking these responsibilities, this position will require interaction and clear communications with internal and external stakeholders to ensure prompt resolution of legal claims. All of these tasks will be performed under the supervision and direction of a licensed attorney supervisor.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Litigation
  • Assist outside and in-house counsel with intellectual property and commercial litigation including intake, filing, litigation holds, case management, deadline tracking, fact collection, document organization and discovery
  • Communicate with various internal departments and vendors/vendors' counsel to assist and support in-house counsel in the timely resolution of legal claims, demand letters, and other pre-litigation inquiries
  • Use internal software tools to create sales and accounting reports to support in-house counsel

Litigation Budget Maintenance
  • Maintain and update Serengeti case management and billing database
  • Monitor case status and assist with financial reporting and quarterly forecast process
  • Assist in-house counsel with reserve reporting

Compliance Initiatives and Other Projects
  • Support attorneys and paralegals in group with compliance initiatives and commercial projects as requested
  • Assist with administrative work on occasion

COMPETENCIES:
  • Integrity & Trustworthiness
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Action Oriented
  • Listening
  • Priority Setting
  • Time Management
  • Attention to Detail
  • Organization

QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED:
  • B.A. degree or equivalent work experience
  • Paralegal certificate or equivalent experience not required, but considered a plus
  • Five to eight years + experience as a litigation paralegal at law firm preferred
  • In-house experience not required, but considered a plus
  • Practical knowledge of civil litigation, including issues pertaining to civil procedure, discovery, document production, confidentiality, privilege, motion practice
  • Excellent organization skills, with a passion for details
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to effectively work and coordinate with a variety of internal and external contacts
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong knowledge of Office (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/ADA:

Job requires ability to work in an office environment, primarily on a computer.
Requires sitting, standing, walking, hearing, talking on the telephone, attending in-person meetings, typing, and working with paper/files, etc.
Consistent timeliness and regular attendance is required.
Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

N/A

DISCLAIMER:

This job description is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of the job and position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of duties and responsibilities. Contents are subject to change at management's discretion.

Ross is an equal employment opportunity employer. We consider individuals for employment or promotion according to their skills, abilities and experience. We believe that it is an essential part of the Company's overall commitment to attract, hire and develop a strong, talented and diverse workforce. Ross is committed to complying with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, age, national origin, ancestry, physical, mental or developmental disability, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), veteran status, military status, marital or registered domestic partnership status, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, as well as any other category protected by federal, state or local laws.