Washington DC

Litigation Paralegal Specialist/Senior Paralegal (DC)

CM Legal

Litigation Paralegal Specialist / Senior Paralegal
This position works under the direct supervision a lawyer and provides the lawyer substantive legal services.  A lawyer may delegate any task normally performed by a lawyer to a Paralegal Specialist, except those tasks prohibited to a non-lawyer by statute, court rule, administrative rule or regulation, controlling authority, the applicable rule of professional conduct of the jurisdiction in which the lawyer practices, or the ABA Guidelines for the Utilization of Paralegal Services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ability to perform legal research, draft correspondence, cite-check, bluebook, and analyze pleadings.
  • Experience with litigation document review databases, case management databases, and e-discovery software.
  • Understands Litigation practice area protocols, an ability to anticipate attorney needs, an ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Experience overseeing junior-level paralegals.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage case documents, including organization, substantive review for relevance and responsiveness, and identification of privileged and confidential information, as well as preparation of documents for production.
  • Experience with Trial preparation and logistics, including management of scheduling, coordination with court clerks, preparation of witness files, page/line deposition summaries, management of exhibits, and leading with setting up trial space.


  • Drafts, analyzes, and prepares legal documents for a supervising lawyer or supervising paralegal.
  • Coordinates legal projects and communicates legal information for a supervising lawyer or supervising paralegal.
  • Prepare draft communications for a supervising lawyer or supervising paralegal.
  • Collects, evaluates and summarizes relevant facts and legal concepts for a supervising lawyer or supervising paralegal.
  • Attends client meetings, coordination meetings, and legal proceedings with a supervising lawyer or supervising paralegal.
  • Provides legal project management for a legal matter for a supervising lawyer or supervising paralegal.
  • Supervises Project Assistants, Paralegals and Senior Paralegals on assigned tasks.
  • Maintains notary license in local jurisdiction.
  • Follows all supervising lawyer or supervising paralegal instructions.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains accurate and appropriate time records regarding hours spent working for clients, working for the Firm, and working on administrative tasks.
  • Meets all time entry and timesheet deadlines specified by the Firm, the Paralegal Department, and the Accounting Department.
  • Bills a minimum of 1,536 creditable hours each performance evaluation year that begins April 1 and ends March 31 of which a minimum of 1,416 of those hours are client billable hours.
  • Limits approved pro bono hours and approved firm representation hours to a maximum of 120 total hours during each performance evaluation year.
  • Works a predictable schedule, and also provides flexibility in daily schedule to meet Firm’s needs during periods of heavy workload.
  • Timely notifies both supervising lawyers, supervising paralegals, and the Paralegal Manager of any time out of the office during normal work hours.
  • Reports the receipt of non-billable work to the Paralegal Manager upon receipt.
  • Avoids overtime for non-billable assignments.
  • Contacts supervising lawyers, supervising paralegals and Paralegal Manager when available for new assignments.
  • Accepts accountability and responsibility for all work assignments.
  • Adheres to The National Federation of Paralegal Association’s “Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.”
  • Attends relevant legal education to continuously improve legal skills.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Trial experience is required.
  • Strong knowledge of state and federal rules.
  • Knowledge of legal principles, practices, laws, and regulations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Understanding of legal processes and practice-group specific procedures.
  • Excellent interpersonal, team, and customer service skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced, and at times, stressful environment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, and to exercise discretion and good judgment.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and practice-group specific software.

Education & Experience:
Paralegal Specialist
Education: Bachelor’s Degree or Paralegal Certification from ABA approved program required.
Experience: 13+ years relevant experience required.
Senior Paralegal
Education: Bachelor’s Degree or Paralegal Certification from ABA approved program required.
Experience: 10+ years relevant experience required.

The expected salary range for this position is between $100,000 and $147,000. The actual base salary offered will depend upon a variety of factors, including without limitation, the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and if applicable, the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job.

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