IP Litigation Paralegal

McDermott Will & Emery LLP / MWE - Washington, DC

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is a leading international law firm with a diversified business practice representing commercial, industrial and financial enterprises both publicly and privately held. The Firm has a long history of social responsibility and supporting the communities in which our people live and work.

The IP Litigation Paralegal reports to the Practice Group Director and works under the direct supervision of the group’s attorneys assisting with all aspects of intellectual property litigation. The Paralegal organizes and indexes documents and maintains document collections in databases; coordinates all aspects of document productions; performs basic legal and non-legal research using the Internet, Lexis, Westlaw and practice specific databases; drafts cover letters and other documents; Bluebooks, cite checks, proofreads and edits documents; compiles deposition/trial exhibits and exhibit lists; assists with trial preparations and in the courtroom.

As an IP Litigation Paralegal, you will:
Organize, index and compile documents in formats useful for case management; maintain document collections and productions in databases; assist attorneys in initial review of documents for responsiveness and privilege status; coordinate all aspects of document productions (protective order or confidential information designations, submission/service via electronic media, etc.); maintain or oversee maintenance of case management tools.
Perform basic legal and non-legal research on the Internet, Lexis, Westlaw and practice specific databases; confirm court rules and filing requirements; travel to and/or call courts, agencies and similar organizations to obtain information; assist in drafting discovery documents and responses (interrogatories, request for admission, request for production); draft letters, subpoenas, case summaries/chronologies and other documents for attorney review; Bluebook, Shepardize, cite check, proofread and edit documents; assist with deposition scheduling and prepare deposition exhibits and witness files.
Assist with trial preparations and at trial; assist with preparation of pre-trial filings; may assist with case calendar; may set up work spaces for trial, locally or remotely (arrange for vendors, equipment, telephones, supplies, etc.); maintain trial exhibits and update exhibit list as exhibits during trial; assist with documents being filed before, during and after trial.
May supervise or provide direction to Project Assistants or temporary staff; must be flexible to travel, work overtime and to assist other practice groups when needed; must be able to work under pressure and handle stress.

Job Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree
Paralegal Certificate or equivalent work experience
Minimum of 3 years’ experience; strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
Proficiency with Firm-standard and litigation support software (e.g., Microsoft Office, Outlook, Adobe Pro, CaseNotebook, Relativity, eRooms, CaseMap, Sharepoint, Westlaw, BriefCheck/ WestCheck, or similar software introduced from time to time)