Litigation Paralegal
The Murphy Law Firm
Remote
Posted ago
The Murphy Law Firm

If you are a vastly experienced family law senior paralegal who enjoys working with like-minded individuals in a harmonious atmosphere and who would like to gain control of your work/life balance, The Murphy Law Firm may be the right fit for you.

The Murphy Law Firm, a law firm practicing in Maryland and the District of Columbia, is growing quickly and needs to add a remote, contract, certified Family Law Senior Paralegal to its team. This paralegal will perform routine legal document preparation but will also be the go-to paralegal for high-level non-routine drafting assignments. This position will require that the paralegal be able to draft non-routine documents such as modifications and contempt exceptions from scratch. This paralegal will prepare trial binders and will perform substantive billable legal work under the direction of our founding and managing attorney. A Paralegal’s goal is to relieve the attorney he or she works with of a portion of the tasks involved in the practice of law.

IF YOU HAVE NEVER WORKED AS A PARALEGAL AND/OR DO NOT HAVE THE REQUISITE EXPERIENCE REQUESTED IN THIS JOB POST, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY.

(THE TERM "PARALEGAL" IS NOT THE SAME AS NOR DOES IT INCLUDE WHAT IS TYPICALLY KNOWN AS A LEGAL ASSISTANT, LEGAL SECRETARY, OR RECEPTIONIST/INTAKE.)

ALSO, THIS POSITION IS VERY DRAFTING INTENSIVE SO YOU NEED TO HAVE EXPERIENCE IN DRAFTING LEGAL DOCUMENTS FROM BEGINNING TO END, SOMETIMES WITHOUT A TEMPLATE.

We are looking for someone with the experience necessary to hit the ground running. Our caseload is primarily family law, and we will need someone with vast experience in this practice area. We also practice personal injury and criminal law and some experience in these practice areas is highly desirable. 

Responsibilities

In addition, the Paralegal will -

  • Review tasks in MyCase (case management system)
  • Docket (Scheduling) tasks
  • Fill out legal forms
  • Draft letters and court pleadings
  • Draft documents by customizing standard forms
  • Write reports and legal documents, both routine and high-level
  • Perform thorough research related to laws and judicial decisions, about current as well as past cases
  • Help attorney prepare cases for hearings and mediations
  • Prepare trial and mediation notebooks
  • Communicate with clients with updates and gathering information
  • Draft proposed orders, settlement agreements, and parenting plans
  • Draft motions
  • Prepare discovery and responses to discovery demands
  • Prepare discovery dispute letters
  • Back up phone reception
  • Ensure that trial preparation begins on time
  • Make sure that our attorney is ready and has everything needed for Court
  • Be able to spot and verbalize solutions to variations like discovery deficiencies in an alimony case
  • Know what to do when calendaring conflicts occur
  • Other tasks as assigned
  • This is a virtual position, and we anticipate that this position will begin at 35-40 hrs/wk

We are a fun team that respects each other but who also want to do something meaningful and important. We are professional and serious when the situation warrants it.

We are a small but fully staffed law firm with one attorney (We are currently looking for a second attorney to join us.), a case manager, two paralegals (You would be the third one.), one intake/legal assistant, one intake specialist, and a billing specialist. As a paralegal, you are here to work on legal cases and help our attorneys prepare for trials and whatever else that may come up related to our cases.

This is a contractor position, and the contractor will be responsible for all of his or her taxes and other expenses and determining the weekly schedule.

Qualifications

Must Haves

  • Must have at least five (5) years of family law paralegal experience (This is non-negotiable.)
  • Must be vastly knowledgeable in legal drafting and processes
  • Must have a paralegal certificate or Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies
  • Must be diligent in moving cases forward
  • Must be able to exercise excellent decision-making skills and capabilities
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Must be able to multitask
  • Must be self-motivated
  • Must be patient
  • Must be willing to learn new software applications
  • Must be familiar with Google Drive and G-Suite products

Preferences

  • Criminal and/or Personal Injury law experience, highly desired
  • MyCase (case management system) experience, highly desired
  • Maryland and DC experience, highly desired but not required

Compensation
$45,000
About The Murphy Law Firm

The Murphy Law Firm takes on primarily family, criminal, and personal injury law matters, which include matters involving drug possession, DUI/DWI, traffic citations, handgun charges, divorce, child visitation, child support, alimony, domestic violence, custody, and car accidents.

Angel Murphy, Esq. is the Founding and Managing Attorney of The Murphy Law Firm, LLC. As a licensed Maryland and District of Columbia attorney and passionate advocate, Angel takes a personal approach to lawyering by devising a creative legal strategy for each client and for each case. Angel enjoys helping her clients face and overcome their legal challenges. She identifies with her clients and will work tirelessly to ensure that they are treated fairly in the courtroom and that their case gets the best possible outcome.

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