The Stoddard Firm is Hiring a Litigation Paralegal
We are hiring a litigation paralegal to help litigate product liability, negligent security, premises liability, and commercial vehicle wreck lawsuits. We’re glad you are interested in applying! Below we’ve provided a little information about our law firm and about what you would be doing if you worked here.
A Thumbnail Sketch of Our Firm
We are an energetic team of legal professionals representing seriously injured persons and families of those who have recently lost a loved one. Most of our clients are seeing us shortly after the worst day of their life, and it’s our job to help get that life back on track.
Our firm is a little different than most personal injury law firms. We turn down most cases, and instead focus only on catastrophic injuries worth large dollar amounts. We also never pressure firm clients to settle quickly. Why do this? Well, our goals are to get involved in only the most meritorious cases, to provide exceptional high-quality legal work, and hopefully to bring our cases in front of a jury. To meet these goals, we can’t say “yes” to most folks that walks in the door.
Our firm is seven years old. We have three lawyers (all in their 30s) who have been practicing for 13, 11, and 8 years respectively. Unfortunately for us, our longtime senior paralegal recently decided to be a stay-at-home mom. We miss her already, and those are big shoes to fill. We are very busy and definitely growing, so whomever we hire will have the opportunity to be the most senior paralegal over a subsequently hired paralegal team. With COVID, it’s hard to forecast exactly what the future will bring, but over the next eighteen months or so, we anticipate hiring at least one additional lawyer and one additional paralegal.
Our firm owns a two-story office building right across the street from Emory University that has six lawyer offices and three paralegal offices. So when we say we are growing, we mean it. With all this space, there are no “pods.” Instead, all of the firm’s paralegals will be provided with an office, and each office has windows and new furniture.
A Job Description for Our New Paralegal
In short, at our firm, a paralegal’s job is to gather information, organize that information, and present it to the firm’s lawyers such that the lawyers can quickly absorb it. It’s also the paralegal’s job to do these tasks with a smile.
Here are the brass tacks of the job: (i) locate, request, and organize medical records and bills, (ii) locate, request, and organize documents from investigatory government entities, (iii) schedule depositions, (iv) draft certain pleadings for lawyer review, (v) oversee / manage serving lawsuits and subpoenas, (vi) file pleadings with the court, (vii) mail items to opposing counsel / the courts, (viii) open the firm’s incoming mail and save it to our server, (ix) answer phones / take messages, (x) prepare hearing and trial notebooks for the lawyers, (xi) organize case files, and (xii) participate in firm brain storming strategy sessions.
This is a full-time position so our new hire should expect a forty-hour work week. On occasion, we may need a paralegal to stay a little later than normal, and on very rare occasion, we may need a paralegal to work a few hours on a weekend. Usually, if a paralegal is working on the weekend, it’s because we have a trial starting on Monday. BUT again, for the most part, it’s a forty-hour work week.
Salary and Benefits
The paralegal who fills this full-time position will likely have a starting salary between $37,500.00 – $62,500.00. Applicants with no experience as a personal injury litigation paralegal can expect to be on the lower end of this range, while applicants with substantial relevant experience as a personal injury litigation paralegal can expect to be on the upper end of this range. We have given bonuses each year that the firm has been in business. We have also provided raises each year the firm has been in business.
In addition to the salary, we currently offer a “gold” health insurance plan with Humana, and we pay the full premium for each employee.
The firm also has a 401K profit share plan, and while there are a long list of federal laws governing how these plans work, here are the highlights: the firm will match the first 3% of salary that the employee contributes to the plan, and the firm will match ½ of the next 2% of salary that the employee contributes to the plan (i.e., if you save for your retirement, we will give you extra money to help you save for that retirement, but if you don’t save for your retirement, we will not give you the extra money) The employee must work at the firm for a full calendar year before participating in the plan. Again, the rules of 401K are complex and governed by federal law, but this is a basic outline of how our plan works.
What We Are Looking For
We want to hire the best candidate we can find. We need someone who is responsible, highly organized, and dependable. The right candidate will also have a high personal standard for submitting quality work. Further, and importantly, we need someone positive and pleasant to be around. After all, attitude is contagious, and we are going to be spending a lot of time together.
Subject to these requirements, here is generally what we are looking for:
- Prior experience working as a paralegal – preferably in the personal injury litigation
- A paralegal certificate
- A home address in the Atlanta area
- A well written application packet devoid of spelling errors
What You Need To Do To Apply
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org containing a cover letter and a resume – and fast. Since we don’t have a paralegal right now, we are looking to make a quick hire. Thank you! We look forward to reviewing your materials, and if we think you are a good fit, we will reach out about an interview.