Financial Restructuring Paralegal (DFM #947)

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High-profile, international law firm in Dallas is seeking a Financial Restructuring Paralegal to assist various attorneys in a very busy practice area!

Under the direction of the Disputes Technology & Services (DTS) practice group leader and DTS Paralegal Manager, the Financial Restructuring Paralegal is a highly skilled, objective-oriented individual who utilizes a combination of practical experience and cutting-edge technology in a collaborative environment to provide Firm clients and attorneys with creative and cost-efficient solutions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support all aspects of the financial restructuring practice, including bankruptcy litigation proceedings.
  • Manage and maintain a current and complete client/matter file.
  • Prepare and maintain service lists and working group contact lists for active cases.
  • Maintain calendars of critical deadlines.
  • Draft correspondence to clients, vendors, and other counsel.
  • Review and monitor docket reports; retrieve pleadings and other case material from active case dockets.
  • Analyze and report on metrics regarding parties, Courts, Judges, motions outcomes and litigation milestones.
  • Update websites for creditor committee cases.
  • Prepare court filings, including but not limited to fee applications, proofs of claim, bankruptcy petitions and other first day pleadings, discovery requests and responses, subpoenas, deposition notices, motions, declarations, proposed orders, and exhibit appendices.
  • Assist with document collection processes and oversee document production. Organize and maintain discovery and research files.
  • Prepare, serve and e-file documents in various courts, including but not limited to State Courts, and Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts.
  • Perform factual and legal cite checking of motions and briefs utilizing the Blue Book and other key cite checking authorities.
  • Prepare materials for and assist attorneys with client meetings and court proceedings including but not limited to hearings, depositions, and trial.
  • Conduct UCC searches and real property searches to determine the status of liens on property and/or equipment.
  • Prepare UCC documents for filing with various state agencies.
  • Research public documents, including but not limited to retrieving UCCs, court records and Secretary of State filings.
  • Coordinate with external vendors to source competitive bids and negotiate contracts.
  • Collaborate with the Business Intake & Conflicts department in connection with conflict checks on large bankruptcy matters.
  • Coordinate with the Client Billing department to prepare fee statements/applications.

 

Core Competencies:

 

  • Must be reliable and a self-starter.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to work well in high pressure environments.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks to perform essential duties of the position under time constraints and with frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to organize and manage large volumes of data.
  • Ability to self-manage, anticipate, and delegate responsibilities as necessary.
  • Ability to work well with internal and external clients and build relationships with individuals at all levels of an organization.
  • Strong organizational skills, problem solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong work ethic, high degree of integrity and ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Willingness to take full ownership of assignments.

 

Knowledge & Skills:

 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Paralegal Certificate from ABA accredited program preferred.
  • Minimum 6 years of experience in a large law firm environment, preferably within a financial restructuring practice.
  • In-depth understanding of bankruptcy procedure and the life cycle of adversarial proceedings.
  • Proficient with procedural rules including but not limited to State Rules of Civil Procedure, related Local Rules, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
  • Engaged with current bankruptcy litigation events, cases, decisions, and updates to rules.
  • Experience using Microsoft productivity tools (Intermediate/Advanced): Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word.
  • Proficient with software including but not limited to document management software/iManage, Opus2, Relativity, Lex Machina, Docket Navigator, Westlaw, Lexis, PacerPro, Sanction, and Trial Director.
  • Ability to proofread materials for contextual, grammatical, typographical, or spelling errors.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment such as computers, photocopiers, scanners, and fax.

 

High Level of Contact With:

 

  • Disputes Technology & Services (DTS) Practice Group Leader
  • DTS Paralegal Manager
  • Lawyers, paralegals, and other legal support staff

 

Moderate Level of Contact With:

 

  • Client representatives
  • eDiscovery and Litigation Technology staff
  • Information Technology staff

 

Occasional Level of Contact With:

 

  • Vendor representatives

 

Firm provides a very competitive benefit package along with beautiful offices in Dallas.

 

Salary:  $75,000-$85,000

 

 

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