Senior Immigration Paralegal I

Berry, Appleman & Leiden - New York, NY2.9

The Senior Paralegal is responsible for working with attorneys in the preparation, filing, and monitoring of various immigration and nationality law matters. Additionally, the Senior Paralegal is recognized for their expertise in a particular area of practice, or several areas of practice. The Senior Paralegal therefore serves as a team and practice group resource.

Frequently communicates with assignees and HR contacts, often serving as main point of contact
Provides guidance to assignees and HR contacts regarding proprietary systems and case processing
Thorough understanding of multiple communication procedures and requirements for assignees and HR contacts; reviews work of Immigration Assistants/Paralegals
Inputs client services rendered and sends to Accounting for processing
Demonstrates mastery of multiple case types, continually builds on knowledge and develops expertise in new areas; independently handles cases; teaches and mentors others; coordinates flow of cases and oversees project
Recognized for their expertise in a particular area of practice and, therefore; serves as a team and practice group resource
Processes a high volume of cases and works on cases of increasing complexity and variation; coordinates work for a major client and/or multiple clients, and is responsible for larger scope of work
Evaluates problematic cases and proactive provides strategies and/or solutions to issues, partnering with Attorney as needed
Prepares forms, letters, documents and correspondence for attorney review; adapts tools and resources for casework which deviates from templates; applies knowledge of BAL practices and contributes new best practices
Leverages BAL expertise to partner with Knowledge Management in developing new materials
Manages status of all filed applications and petitions and finalizes documents after attorney review
Utilizes document and data management systems to prepare, monitor, and record all aspects of client casework as per BAL policy; reviews work of Immigration Assistants/Paralegals
Prepares internal caseload reports for management; begins to generate reports for internal and external use to serve as effective quality assurance and to assist in client management
Shares process flow with assignees; Identifies problematic cases and discusses strategies and/or solutions with Attorney
Performs research to obtain information such as background on a company or industry, current wages, processing procedures, standard processing times, etc.; reviews research performed by others
Initiates contact with government agencies to obtain necessary information; alerts attorney regarding potential process delays/problems and ensures these are addressed and resolved
Provides the information people need to know to do their jobs and to feel good about being a member of the team. Provides individuals information so that they can make accurate decisions. Is timely with information
Is good at establishing clear directions. Distributes the workload appropriately. Assigns work in a well-planned and organized manner. Is a clear communicator and maintains effective two-way dialogue with others.
Acts as a mentor and for team members. Provides developmental feedback to jr team members, directly related to work on specific area dos practice.
Involves team members in achieving project goals and timelines as a way to learn and contribute to the process.
Provides orientation to new employees.
Evaluates content and delivery methods for training programs.

Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrate mastery of Paralegal skills
Proven ability to handle a high volume of cases
Proven ability to become thoroughly proficient in handling complex, challenging, and VIP cases
Proven ability to manage corporate clients as it relates to area of specialization
Comprehensive knowledge of Team practice
Ability to quickly absorb, learn and become skilled at a variety of legal work
Able and willing to share knowledge with others and effectively communicate policies/procedures/protocols to all
Capable of highly independent work

  • 3 – 5 years’ high-volume, U.S. corporate immigration experience
Minimum Education Level:
Bachelor’s degree + 1-year law-related experience under licensed attorney; or, PL certificate from ABA approved program