Posted August 6, 2018
Paralegal I (SC)
A Paralegal I is recognized as undergoing a period of training and development in practice area skills, professional skills (organization, effective planning, problem solving and analytical skills) and knowledge of Firm operations; works under immediate supervision with duties and tasks directed by a supervising attorney; relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform most functions of the job; uses limited discretion or independent judgment in performing job duties; and performs more routine tasks that involve related steps, processes and methods.
- General Administrative (copying/scanning documents, preparing expense reports, reviewing/editing letters and other correspondence)
- Maintains client database; works with Practice Manager Administrator to ensure client information is current at all times
- Creates initial client and litigation file
- Transcription as needed for attorneys, interviews and meetings
- Mails packets to clients; follows up to ensure a timely return of information
- Obtains client questionnaire and appropriate authorizations
- Obtains probate documents from PR should injured party be deceased
- Client contact – answers general, routine questions or referring client appropriately
- Requests records from health care providers, hospitals, Social Security Administration, Workers Compensation, financial institutions, etc.
- Responsible for payment of invoices associated with requests for medical records, financial records, SS records, etc.
- Completes and submits claim forms and all required information regarding administrative and bankrupt claims
- Organizes client medical notebook
- Prepares affidavits for PID, work history and co-workers as directed by attorney
- Schedules and notices depositions along with court reporter and videographer
- Assists more senior paralegals with preparing trial notebooks and packing for trial
- Arrangements for A/V equipment to be used at trial (projectors, blow-ups, etc.)
- Assists with scheduling witnesses for trial
- Indexes depositions
- Prepares simple pleadings; serves pleadings as directed
- Maintains contact with co-counsel
- Examines statutes, articles, constitutions, codes, etc. for the preparation of documents
- Files pleadings with court clerk as needed
- Bachelor’s Degree: 0-1 year of legal experience;
- Associate’s Degree/ABA Accredited Paralegal Certificate: 1-5 years legal experience, OR
- In the absence of a degree: 3-5 years of legal experience.
- Knowledge and understanding of the Rules for Professional Conduct (Rule 407, SCACR) and the South Carolina Rules of Court for both state and federal courts
- Interpersonal skills necessary to interface with partners, associates, co-counsel, support staff, medical personnel, and others outside the Firm. Able to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
- Experience in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment preferred; operates well under pressure.
- A working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Ability to learn other software and/or database management systems as necessary.
- Good judgment and discretion necessary to maintain confidentiality of information shared/gained/received while in the employ of RPWB.
- Able to take direction and organize and prioritize work assignments.
- Must be able to work independently and pay close attention to details.
- Must be able to lift at least 40 lbs. and work on the floor, organizing documents.
- Ability to work overtime as needed in order to meet deadlines.
Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected].