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Paralegal │ Litigation

Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP is seeking a full-time experienced Paralegal for our Tampa office. The Paralegal will perform a wide variety of duties, without limitation, assisting in preparing, proofreading, and editing correspondence, pleadings, motions, and discovery documents, assisting with legal research, discovery projects, hearing, and trial preparation.

Qualified candidates must possess a minimum of 3 years of experience as a Paralegal with a focus on Civil Litigation.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate professionalism, confidentiality, initiative, flexibility, organizational skills, client service skills and the ability to be proactive. Qualified candidates must also possess mastery of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, as well as electronic document management systems and litigation support applications. The ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks based on business needs is essential.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Required:

  • Experience in E-filing documents with Federal and Florida State Courts
  • Experience with discovery process
  • Trial experience, including exhibit preparation, witness preparation and management, knowledge of subpoena preparation, experience working with judicial assistants and trial presentation vendors, experience assisting attorneys in the courtroom
  • Scheduling of Court appearances and depositions; calendaring same
  • Assist attorneys in drafting, proofreading, redacting, and editing various documents and contracts for correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, format, and content
  • Time entry and client billing
  • Submission of new business intake and conflicts checks
  • Answer telephone and routine questions from clients and team members and/or route calls to appropriate staff members
  • Assist with the organization of client materials and attorney work product within our document management system
  • Assist in obtaining and managing client documents, including electronic data, and determining potential existence of documents that may be relevant to each case
  • Efficiently and thoroughly understand how to use all necessary Firm software
  • Schedule appointments, depositions, meetings, hearings, etc. and keep appointment calendars for the candidate’s team of attorneys
  • Paralegals are generally expected to record 1500 or more billable hours during the performance year

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills – written and oral
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Client service oriented
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and litigation support applications as well as document management systems with aptitude to learn other systems/programs
  • Ability to multi-task and work well under pressure and meet deadlines while maintaining a professional demeanor and timely seeks assistance when needed

Educational/Job Experience Requirements:

  • High school diploma from an accredited institution
  • Florida Registered Paralegal
  • Three (3) + years of law firm experience preferred with demonstrated knowledge of complex issues within the Litigation practice area
  • Availability for overtime as needed

Office Location: Tampa, FL

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the Firm. Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, citizenship, ancestry, pregnancy, familial status, actual or perceived status as a victim of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, or any other legally protected status entitled to protection under federal, state, or local antidiscrimination laws. All applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 except when an accommodation or exemption is required by federal or state law.

Application Link:

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/1283640/JP-Firm/Paralegal-Litigation

Legal Administrative Assistant

Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP is seeking a full-time experienced Legal Administrative Assistant for our Clearwater office. The LAA will perform a wide variety of legal administrative duties. Major duties include providing comprehensive and efficient administrative and secretarial support, preparing and editing correspondence of legal documents, calendar management to include scheduling court appearances and depositions.

Qualified candidates must possess a minimum of 3 years of experience as a legal administrative assistant with a focus on litigation. Trial experience and preparation is highly preferred including Litigation in State and Federal court.

We strive to produce the highest quality of work in a friendly, collegial work environment. We provide excellent benefits. Your outstanding ability to handle multiple tasks, coordinate ever-shifting priorities and maintain an awareness of impending deadlines and schedules will make you the ideal candidate for this hands-on role. We work in a fast-paced environment, with a supportive and collaborative culture that helps us achieve our goals. You will have a major impact within the firm and with our clients. If you are motivated, hard-working, and dedicated, Johnson Pope is an ideal place for you.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Experience in E-filing documents with Federal and Florida State Courts
  • Scheduling of Court appearances and depositions; calendaring same
  • Assist attorneys in drafting, proofreading, redacting, and editing (i.e., “redline”) various documents and contracts for correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, format and content.
  • Answer telephone and routine questions from clients and team members and/or route calls to appropriate staff members.
  • Assist with the organization of client materials and attorney work product within our document management system
  • Review and edit pre-bills, ensure they are ready for attorneys’ review and approval
  • Ensure that the clients’ billing requirements are correctly set up
  • Input and edit attorneys’ time
  • Maintain attorneys’ client contact information
  • Submission of new business intake and assist with running conflict checks, opening and closing of client matters
  • Perform administrative duties, such as client file management, general correspondence, expense reports, check requests, etc.
  • Efficiently and thoroughly understand how to use all necessary Firm software
  • Schedule appointments and meetings and keep appointment calendars for the candidate’s team of attorneys

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills – written and oral
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Client service oriented
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint with aptitude to learn other systems/programs. Experience in iManage (FileSite/DeskSite) is a plus
  • Advanced Adobe professional and Adobe Acrobat
  • Ability to file documents in State and Federal courts
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as a team
  • Effectively communicate and integrate with clients

Educational/Job Experience Requirements:

  • High school diploma from an accredited institution
  • Three (3) years of law firm experience preferred
  • Availability for overtime as needed

Office Location: Clearwater, FL

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the Firm.
Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, citizenship, ancestry, pregnancy, familial status, actual or perceived status as a victim of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, or any other legally protected status entitled to protection under federal, state, or local antidiscrimination laws.
All applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 except when an accommodation or exemption is required by federal or state law.

Application Link:

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/1307343/JP-Firm/Legal-Administrative-Assistant

 

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