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Legal Assistant/PARALEGAL (EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION)

REPORTS TO: Managing Partner and Staff Attorneys, at times to the Administrative Office Manager and Paralegal/Media & Marketing Coordinator.

STATUS: Full-time, approx. 40 hours/week (open to negotiation, including full-time).

COMPENSATION: Dependent on experience

SCHEDULE: To Be Determined

LOCATION: 1 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

OUR FIRM

The Prinz Law Firm is a woman-owned boutique legal practice focusing on employment and business law. Unlike typical firms in our field, we serve both employees and employers, and we do so through fierce, transparent, and compassionate representation. Our work is varied and can include litigating non-compete agreements, negotiating executive severance packages, combatting discrimination, and training businesses to form positive workplace cultures. In all we do, our experienced attorneys and staff take pride in cultivating client relationships marked by trust, professionalism, creativity, and flexibility.

After client support, nothing matters more to us than our firm culture. Our small practice is marked by a highly collaborative team that leans on one another to accomplish big projects and overcome tough challenges. And no matter one’s position or role, we value one another as co-workers and make mutual respect and good humor hallmarks of our day-to-day interactions.

THE POSITION

As a fast-paced, growing law firm focusing our practice on employment law, we are seeking a reliable, organized, detail-oriented paralegal to assist attorneys and office staff with legal and office support. The position of paralegal has a broad range of duties, including filing documents with the court, preparing and drafting legal documents, conducting occasional legal research, and assisting attorneys with overall case management.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • E-file documents with various courts.
  • Draft documents for litigation, e.g., demand letters, complaints, motions, and discovery requests and responses.
  • Draft and file administrative agency charges and responses (e.g., with EEOC and IDHR).
  • Review and index discovery documents.
  • Oversee case and file management for several clients, tracking matter activity and pending deadlines.
  • Conduct occasional legal research.
  • Proofread documents for accuracy and cogency.
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly team meetings.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, projects, and other responsibilities as requested by attorneys and senior staff members.
  • Maintain client and firm confidentiality at all times.
  • Utilize creative and analytical skills to problem-solve a variety of challenges.
  • Ensure that documentation and billing practices are consistent with firm policies and procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Ability to respectfully and attentively follow directions.
  • Ability and desire to work as part of a cooperative, collaborative team.
  • Ability to work independently at times, and to self-monitor and self-manage.
  • Clear understanding of general law office standards and protocols.
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism in conduct and manner representative of the firm.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage time-sensitive documents and requests.
  • Proficient in the use of technology including MS Office, case management software systems, and electronic filing.
  • Excellent research, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Demonstrates initiative and commitment to delivering high-quality work product.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • 3-5 years' experience in paralegal role is required. Certification and meaningful experience in a litigation setting is preferred; prior employment law experience a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of legal terms and procedures pertaining to the field of employment law preferred.

HOURS AND COMPENSATION

Position offers flexible hours during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Compensation: dependent upon experience.

WRITING REQUIREMENT

Draft a 300–500-word response to one of the following:

  • What are 3 values of our firm that attract you and why?
  • Have you ever misjudged someone? How and why did you misjudge them? How did the experience change you?
  • Who is the best teacher you have ever had and why?
  • What historical person do you most admire? What about his/her life inspires you?
  • What skills do you have that have helped you most in life?

TO APPLY

Submit résumé, cover letter, and writing sample to administrator@prinz-lawfirm.com with subject line “Paralegal.”

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