Full Job Description
About Kirkland & Ellis
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms. Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.
Essential Job Functions
A Paralegal II, who will be assigned to the restructuring group and will work with all restructuring department paralegals and attorneys. The Paralegal II works with all of the attorneys on matters from the beginning through completion of restructuring, managing the flow of information and ensuring adherence to best practices. The Paralegal teams are responsible for managing the central files (“case record”) including a complete set of the correspondence, memos, pleadings, and client documents in the matter.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)
Manage Chapter 11 Bankruptcy matters
Compiles and manages central files
Collects from clients, other parties
Organizes and tracks documents in a secure but accessible system
Creates and manages information management systems
Makes relevant documents and information quickly and easily available to attorneys on the team
Manages databases (Concordance, Summation, Access, etc.)
Manages calendaring, task sharing, collaborative systems, extranets
Coordinates logistics and preparation of materials for asset sale auctions
Searches, reports, prepares objections to, monitors and resolves claims
Prepares proofs of claim
Prepares closing books for bankruptcy cases and debt trades
Prepares notices of transfer
Coordinates preparation and filing of briefs and legal documents
Researches local rules of procedure for relevant court venues, and assures adherence thereto; obtains information on venue (e.g. judge’s bio, prior decisions and opinions); obtains precedent from other cases in the venue
Drafts routine filings (attorney appearances, notices of filings, notices of motions, bankruptcy petitions, first day pleadings)
Manages master task list and work flow
Checks legal cites for proper format, content and standing (Westlaw, Lexis; Blue Book)
Researches and checks fact cites for proper format, content and accuracy (Blue Book)
Researches and integrates case precedent into motion filings
Compiles appendices and exhibits
Manages service of process; files with court and serves on parties; coordinates with local counsel
Manages electronic case filings and files pleadings on the electronic case docket
Develops and updates critical dates lists
Manages hearing preparation and support
Prepares hearing documents and binders
Sets up and manages remote offices and support (e.g. remote office setup and logistics)
Develops good relationship with Court Clerk, coordinating courtroom logistics with courthouse personnel
Assists at hearing, anticipating needs of attorneys
Communicates with and coordinates other professionals and consultants involved in hearing
Maintains hearing notes and proposed orders
Alters proposed orders as needed and facilitates filing with Clerk
Documents results of hearing, and maintains binder of orders
Prepares corporate debt and corporate organization charts
Coordinates preparation of schedules and statements
Retrieves, interprets and organizes SEC diligence
Prepares debt priority charts
Responds to creditor case inquiries
Prepares preference action pleadings
Monitors chapter 11 cases for creditors
Performs substantive research
Analyzes documents and materials
Performs factual research
Compiles information into charts, graphs and timelines
Interacts with outside entities (clients, government agencies, consultants, other law firms, opposing parties, court personnel, vendors, claims agents, etc.
Supervises and trains legal staff
Obtains and supervises support from Firm departments (e.g. Litigation Support, Graphics Services, Purchasing, Trial Support Services
Manages relationships with supporting vendors (claims agents, graphics, etc.)
Assists with KIIT and KURT (attorney training programs)
Fee Application Process
Drafts monthly, quarterly and final fee applications
Searches local rules pertinent to fee applications
Tracks filing dates for fee applications and certificates of no objections
Notifies attorneys about upcoming fee applications deadlines
Obtains from attorneys information needed to prepare fee applications
Manages process of drafting and revising fee applications
Accurately processes mathematical calculations
Works effectively in Word and Excel
Qualifications & Requirements
Education, Work Experience, Skills
This position requires at least 5 years of paralegal experience preferably in a law firm handling complex Chapter 11 Bankruptcy matters for large corporate clients, predominantly representing debtors. A demonstrated history of proposing and implementing process improvements is a plus. Additional qualifications include excellent analytical and organizational abilities, solid communication and management skills, creativity and initiative. A successful candidate must be able to work independently as well as with a team, have an acute attention to detail, and is able to multi-task and prioritize while working in a high pressure, deadline-driven environment. Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required. Ability to travel and work overtime is required.
Strong technical skills are required, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and a Document Management System. Knowledge of Carpe Diem, Westlaw, TextMap, Relativity, SharePoint, and LegalKey is a plus.
Certificates, Licensures, Registrations
Paralegal Certificate preferred but not required.
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, telephones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.
How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in Kirkland & Ellis LLP. To complete an application and submit your resume, please click "Apply Now."
Equal Employment Opportunity
All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
The www.kirkland.com job postings and recruiting mailbox are for candidates only. If you are a recruiter, search firm or employment agency, and do not have a signed contract with Kirkland & Ellis LLP ("K&E") and have not been asked specifically to submit candidates, you will not be compensated in any way for your referral of a candidate even if K&E hires the candidate. Direct contact with K&E employees in an attempt to present candidates is inappropriate and will be a factor in determining any future professional relationship with the Firm.