Family Law Paralegal
Our dynamic, fast-growing firm is looking for a paralegal to join our high-energy, talented team. Our firm handles the full range of family law cases, from high net worth divorce cases to contested custody cases to pre-marital and post-marital property agreements. We approach our clients' cases with creativity and compassion and take pride in assisting our clients to reach lasting, satisfying solutions to their family law issues. Clients range from C-suite executives to stay-at-home parents, and each person receives the highest level of personal attention from our team.
We are seeking candidates committed to excellence, who will uphold our high standards for impeccable work quality and professionalism. If you are eager to hit the ground running and learn quickly in our fast-paced, top-tier family law firm, we want to meet you!
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Prepare and draft legal documents including but not limited to, pleadings, discovery requests and responses, subpoenas, and correspondence.
- Coordinate and schedule hearings, trials, depositions, mediations, meetings, and phone conferences with the client, opposing counsel/party, experts, and the courts.
- Maintain attorney calendars for hearings, trials, depositions, mediations, deadlines, meetings, phone conferences and other appointments.
- Prepare notebooks, including exhibits, for hearings, trials, depositions, mediations, and other appointments.
- Prepare documents for filing and/or e-filing with the court.
- Receive, organize, convert, redact and Bates label documents from the client, opposing counsel/party, experts, etc. in both paper form and electronic form.
- Review, analyze and organize documents received from the clients, opposing counsel/party, experts, court personnel, and others.
- Prepare, process, and organize incoming and outgoing responsive discovery documents.
- Keep client filing current and organized.
- Create and maintain a document tracker for documents received and produced for each client file.
- Communicate with clients, opposing counsel/party, experts, mediators, court personnel, and others in various forms both written and verbal, including but not limited to letters, emails, in-person, and telephone calls.
- Prepare and draft Inventory and Appraisements, Financial Information Statements, and property division spreadsheets.
- Navigate the county’s online record system.
- Provide in-person support for attorney in preparation of and during meetings, mediations, depositions, hearings.
- Provide in-person support for client in preparation of and during meetings, mediations, depositions, and hearings.
- Provide in-person general office support.
- Work independently and/or with others, including but not limited to other staff members, attorneys, clients, opposing counsel/party, experts and vendors
- Multitask and maintain organized client files
- Consistently meet required deadlines
- Be proactive regarding deadlines
- Effectively communicate in a clear and concise manner with clients, attorneys, experts, court personnel, and other staff members at the firm
- Ability to adapt to various individual styles and preferences of attorneys within the firm, including but not limited to format of documents and case management style
- Delegate tasks to other staff members when necessary
- Prioritize tasks and maintain efficiency
- Ability to physically manipulate and carry files and file boxes for organizational purposes within the office as well as for transport to proceeding locations such as courthouse or mediator office
- Ability to sit, stand, or otherwise remain stationary for extended periods of time while doing computer work or attending proceedings such as mediation and trial
- Ability to move and navigate within the office in order to access office equipment, conference rooms, file cabinets, and supplies
- Comply with the firm policies and dress code
- Comply with confidentiality protocols
- Protect and maintain the reputation of the firm
- Exercise sound judgment and decision-making skills
- Regular attendance and punctuality during business hours
- Minimum 3 years’ experience as a Family Law Paralegal in Texas and 5 years as a paralegal
- Working knowledge of legal terminology, procedural statutes, standing orders, evidentiary rules and local rules for the counties in which the attorneys in the office practice law
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and Adobe
- Proficiency in E-File Texas
- Proficiency in Westlaw Form Builder
- Board certification in Family Law through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization a plus but not required
- Usual work hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch Monday through Friday
Resume submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.