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Paralegal - Defense Litigation

New York, NY, USA Req #85
Monday, April 29, 2019
Founded in 1856, Harris Beach and its subsidiaries provide a full range of legal and professional services for clients across New York state, as well as nationally and internationally. Harris Beach is among the country’s top law firms as ranked by The National Law Journal. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations, privately-held companies, emerging businesses, public sector entities, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. Principal industries Harris Beach represents include education, energy, financial, food and beverage, health care, insurance, manufacturing, medical and life sciences, real estate developers, and state and local governments and authorities. The firm’s more than 200 lawyers practice among offices throughout New York state in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Melville, New York City, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Uniondale and White Plains, as well as in New Haven, Connecticut and Newark, New Jersey.

We are seeking a Defense Litigation Paralegal with a minimum of 3 years of experience. The paralegal must have experience with case management to support the Mass Torts & Industry Wide Litigation practice group. The paralegal will review records, manage and meet discovery deadlines, as well as utilize spreadsheets to manage and update case activity to assist attorneys with case monitoring and client reporting. This position requires a high level of motivation, flexibility, initiative and ability to follow through on numerous ongoing projects. The successful candidate must exhibit a positive attitude and a willingness to help.


  • Create and update case management spreadsheets to track medical records, discovery requests and responses and settled/discontinued actions

  • Prepare binders and exhibits for depositions, mediations, expert review, settlement conferences, arbitrations and trials

  • Process authorizations and compile medical records, photographs, and other fact investigative material to be analyzed and/or produced

  • Utilize online ECF filing system on both state and federal court levels

  • Preparation and service of various legal documents, i.e. subpoenas, discovery requests motions, etc., and execute follow-up regarding service and filing of documents

  • Travel to court to file documents, attend hearings or assist at trial

  • Proofread and assemble motions and accompanying exhibits

  • Review, download, profile and distribute case notifications received electronically

  • Communicate with clients, vendors, expert witnesses, opposing counsel, local counsel and counsel for co-defendants as needed

  • Accurately record and maintain billable hours 


  • More than 3 years of defense litigation experience

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications required

  • Experience utilizing SharePoint, e-discovery platforms and trial technology tools a plus

  • Must exhibit well-developed interpersonal and client relation skills

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills required

  • Excellent organizational and planning skills

  • Must exhibit initiative and problem solving skills

  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy

  • Must be able to effectively multi-task, meet deadlines and excel in a team atmosphere

    Harris Beach is committed to an inclusive environment and we welcome applications from diverse candidates. Harris Beach PLLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The firm’s policy prohibiting unlawful discrimination applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, placement, assignment of duties, training, promotion, compensation & benefits and termination. It is the policy of Harris Beach PLLC that all applicants and employees enjoy a positive, respectful and productive work environment, free from behavior, actions or language constituting unlawful harassment. Accordingly, harassment or discrimination of any kind based on an individual’s race or color, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, military status, genetic predisposition, carrier status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, creed, domestic violence victim status or any other legally protected status is strictly prohibited. Harris Beach complies with the provisions of the Human Rights Law, all other State and Federal statutory and constitutional non-discrimination provisions including non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.

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  • Pay Type Hourly
  • New York, NY, USA