Current IP, Legislative & Paralegal Opportunities

**If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed below - or any other position in a law firm please contact Geri Moreland to discuss at  geri@capitolrecruiters.com.

Litigation Paralegal – Investigations, White Collar, and Fraud practice group for prominent global law firm in Washington, DC.  Ideal candidate has 5+ years of litigation paralegal experience, a Bachelor’s degree, Paralegal certificate, and is fluent in reading and speaking Chinese (ideal but not required).Responsibilities for this position include: assist in the investigation and response to subpoenas, civil investigative demands, and other requests from regulators and other governmental agencies, manages metrics, and reports for the Government Investigations Team; maintains strong working relationships with service providers; tracks and monitors legal holds and custodians across broad range of matters; demonstrates knowledge of electronic discovery applications; maintain document, transcript and work product databases; assist with finalizing briefs or motions, exhibits, subpoenas, discovery requests, and responses; organize and prepare exhibit lists and/or privilege logs; correspond with clients, counsel, court clerks, expert witnesses, and/or vendors; assist with trial site preparation and attend trials; cite-check briefs and memoranda; conduct Lexis and Westlaw legal research; perform PACER, Courtlink, and ECF docket management tasks; meet minimum 1,650 hour annual billable requirement.  Position Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, prefer candidate fluent in reading and speaking Chinese; Paralegal certificate preferred. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Senior Litigation Paralegal – For powerhouse global law firm.  This position focuses on products liability/mass tort. Ideal candidate is an experienced, career-track litigation paralegal with substantial experience as a litigation paralegal in a large law firm. Candidate will function as lead paralegal on large, complex cases and provide informal mentorship to junior paralegals.  Duties for this position include: every component of litigation case management, such as file management, discovery, and trial activities.

Position Requirements:  Must have at least 5 years of litigation paralegal experience working for large law firms or boutique litigation firms, 2+ years' experience with products liability / mass tort cases required, recent experience with all stages of litigation, including intake, discovery, and trial; experience preparing for and attending trials/arbitrations, prior experience preparing court and administrative agency filings, including e filings, experience coordinating trial/arbitration logistics, including negotiating for work space, setting-up remote office space, and coordinating with vendors, superior interpersonal and written communication skills, experience using a-discovery databases (e.g. Relativity), experience using litigation support software for managing files and transcripts, availability for travel and overtime as needed, Bachelor’s degree, paralegal certificate helpful.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Legal Services Manager - for prominent law firm in Washington, DC.  This position is responsible for managing the Project Assistants firm-wide (25 people); preparing lobby disclosure reports; and serving as the Paralegal for the Professional Conduct Committee on all collection and malpractice litigation matters for the Firm.  Some of the responsibilities for this position:
Provide paralegal department orientation and on-going training and mentoring
Provide coaching regarding performance standards; conduct performance evaluations
Review and Approve Project Assistant Timesheets and Time Entry
Manage Project Assistant Workload
Lobbying Reports – Prepare/submit all Lobbying Disclosure Reports on a quarterly basis
Litigation Paralegal Assistance - Perform Litigation Paralegal tasks on Firm Representation for Collection and Malpractice Litigation Matters
Professional Conduct Committee Assignments - Assist with drafting Engagement Letters and Conflicts Waivers Memos, assist with File Transfer logistics, provide assistance to Professional Conduct Committee Projects.

Position Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree required
Must have a minimum of ten years of Law Firm litigation paralegal experience
3+ years of law firm management experience required
Thorough understanding of employment laws and ability to manage entry level professionals
Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
Flexibility for OT and business related travel.

Senior International Trade/Litigation Paralegal for highly regarded law firm in Washington, DC.  This position supports attorneys on fast paced IP Litigation team. 
Responsibilities for this position include:
- Assist with the preparation of filings for the USDOC, USITC and USCIT and USTR.
- Participate in Customs audits and compliance programs.
- Prepare frames and statistical sampling for audits based on potential loss of revenue.
- Case Management for Trade Litigation, Customs imports audits, and Export Control, Sanctions, and Foreign Corrupt Practice Act Investigations.
- Communication with clients regarding needed documents and company information.
- Creation and management of client Extranets.
- Prepare export license and commodity classification applications.
- Perform research at the Department of Commerce Central Record Units and Library of Congress, and monitor International Trade Commission's public dockets, as well as US Trade Website, Federal Registration Notices, Federal Circuit and Slip Opinions.
Position Requirements:
- Bachelor's degree or an Associate's Degree and a  Paralegal certificate from an ABA approved program.
- A minimum of 7 years of international trade experience.
- Excellent writing and communication skills.
- Ability to work in a team environment required.
- Excellent understanding of Microsoft Word and Excel.
- Familiarity with U.S. export controls is a plus.   Salary is commensurate with experience. 

Patent Paralegal – for prominent law firm in Washington, DC.  This position is responsible for supporting  patent attorneys in all aspects of their practices focusing on U.S. patent portfolio assistance and
docketing. Candidate must have current experience with rules and regulations pertaining to U.S. patent prosecution and best practices for docketing. 

Duties for this position include:

Prepare all documents relating to patent proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

File patent applications and associated documents using EFS-Web, and file patent assignment and other chain of title documents using EPAS.

Docket required actions and due dates based on USPTO or WIPO correspondence.  Review and update docketing records on a regular basis and help ensure that deadlines are met, and attorneys are notified on a regular and timely basis of upcoming deadlines and other important dates; prepare and distribute status reports as needed.

Draft correspondence to clients and in-house counsel.

Help maintain the integrity and accuracy of matters assigned to the firm’s USPTO customer number and reconcile and prepare reports of charges to the USPTO deposit account on a monthly basis.

Record time promptly and provide clear and concise descriptions of work performed.

Position Requirements: 
At least 2 years (preferably 3 or more years) of patent secretarial experience in an IP boutique firm or patent prosecution paralegal experience in an AMLAW 100 or 200 law firm, or similar work environment.
Familiarity with IPDAS, PCT-SAFE, PATTSY WAVE (or similar software), USPTO portals (including PAIR, EFS-Web, E2E, and EPAS), and retrieval of documents from foreign patent office databases.
Detailed knowledge of patent prosecution, including initial application filing, U.S. national phase entry, amendments and other papers throughout the examination process, patent term adjustment, appeal and petition procedures, requests for certificates of correction, maintenance fees, reissue proceedings, and ex parte reexam.
Experience with patent term extension applications is preferred.
Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with individuals at all levels of the firm in an appropriate and professional manner; strong service orientation, sense of accountability, attention to detail, and strong organizational and time management skills
Salary is commensurate with experience.

IP Paralegal Specialist for prominent, large law firm in Washington, DC.    This position is responsible for supporting attorneys regarding all phases of patent prosecution and trademark practice.

Duties include:

Prepare and file trademark registration applications, statements of use, extension requests, affidavits of use and incontestability, renewal applications, notices of opposition, cancellation petitions, notices of appeal and other papers filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

Prepare and file patent applications and associated documents using EFS-Web, AIA trial correspondence using PRPS, and patent assignment and other patent chain of title recordations using EPAS.

Prepare and file trademark applications and associated documents using TEAS, TEAS Plus, TTAB filings using ESTTA and trademark assignment and other trademark chain of title recordations using ETAS.

Perform trademark screening searches and other internet-based and factual research.

Maintain database of domestic & foreign trademarks registrations and applications, domestic and foreign patents and patent applications, domain names, and opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Review docket on a regular basis and maintain the same to ensure that deadlines are met and attorneys are notified on a regular and timely basis of upcoming deadlines and other important dates; generate and distribute status reports as needed.

Draft written communications to clients, foreign & domestic counsel and PTO.

Collect evidence of use for prosecution, maintenance, and administrative litigation matters.

Position Requirements: 

·        Must have at least 2 years trademark and/or patent prosecution paralegal experience in an AMLAW 100 or 200 law firm, or similar work environment.

·        Familiarity with CPI Trademark Management software, PATTSY, IPDAS, PCT Easy (or similar software), PATTSY WAVE (or similar software), PRPS and all aspects of USPTO portals (including PAIR, PRPS, EFS-Web, and EPAS for patents and TESS, TEAS, TSDR, ESTTA, TTABVUE, ETAS and AOTW for trademarks).

·        Knowledge of patent prosecution, including initial application filing, amendments and other papers throughout the examination process, AIA trials, payment of issue fee for grant of the patent, and post-grant filings such as certificates of correction and maintenance fees.

·        Knowledge of trademark prosecution filings and requirements, including the different types of trademark applications, the timing and requirements for statements of use, extension requests, affidavits of use and incontestability, renewal applications and other papers filed with the USPTO.

·        Superior interpersonal and written communication skills, strong service orientation, and attention to detail.

·        Demonstrated ability to coordinate and perform multiple tasks simultaneously; work equally well as part of a team in both a leadership and subordinate role; and excellent organizational skills.

Salary is commensurate with experience. 

Project Manager – for Litigation Support/E-Discovery department of global law firm. This position is responsible for managing the selection/utilization of current litigation support technologies, and case-specific information management techniques, processes, and tools by litigation teams. Candidate will make recommendations to lawyers and clients regarding case support strategies and staffing, developing litigation support and discovery approaches and budgets, and coordinating/managing vendors. This position is also responsible for mentoring support staff on cases and often will participate as a case team member.  Duties for this position include: 

Acting as project leader on assigned cases or lead during specific phases of large litigation matters such as discovery, or trial prep and location setup.

Early in the case lifecycle, work with client representatives, lawyers, paralegals, and vendors to assist in hardcopy document and digital content collection, distribution or production regarding litigation matters.

Coordinate with lawyers, paralegals, and other LSS members, and vendors ensuring accurate, and efficient management of document review and production.

Conduct and participate in training and coaching lawyers and paralegals regarding best and most efficient use of the LSS supported software tools and techniques.

Work with the Director on staffing cases, projects, project plans and budgets for case support.

Coordinate with consultants, vendors, and firm IT staff to ensure proper delivery of services to case teams.

Position Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, 5+ years of experience in litigation support or paralegal area of a large law firm including trial experience; flexibility to travel to other offices and to trial sites; thorough understanding of typical litigation matter process, and of common litigation support, discovery and e-discovery management concepts, procedures, and systems; superior interpersonal and written communication skills; proven organizational and technical skills; proficiency with MS Office; significant experience with various litigation support database software tools and vendors. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Litigation Paralegal – for highly regarded global law firm in Washington, DC. Hiring 2!  This is a great opportunity for a litigation paralegal with trial experience to transfer their skills to a powerhouse global law firm. Some of the responsibilities for this position: Work closely with senior paralegals and lawyers regarding all phases of litigation case management; including document and file management, case calendaring, discovery support, and trial prep and logistics activities.• Coordinate with outside entities (e.g. courts, government agencies, expert witnesses, corporations, vendors and other law firms) as needed in support of assigned cases, Draft and review legal documents as requested by attorneys; and conduct legal research. Position Requirements; prior experience with all stages of litigation, including use of e-discovery database tools, e-filing, and trial preparation activities required; experience working at trial or arbitration proceedings, strong interpersonal and written communication skills required, ability to work well under deadlines and pressure typical of complex litigation, investigation, and arbitration matters, Proficiency with cite-checking and Bluebook rules preferred, availability for overtime business travel as needed. BS/BA degree required, paralegal certificate preferred. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Senior Corporate Paralegal – for prominent global law firm in Washington, DC.  This position is responsible for assisting with corporate transactions such as venture formations, foreign qualifications, reinstatements, acquisitions, mergers, withdrawals, dissolutions and stock issuance transactions.

Some of the duties for this position include:

Assist with some SEC filings including Form D filings, Confidential Treatment requests and Registration Statements; proofread agreements; create/revise drafts of transactional documents; provide pre-closing, closing and post-closing assistance, including: prepare closing sets, closing memorandum and closing documents; order certified charters, good standing certificates, tax status certificates; coordinate filings, stock and wire transfers; organize Statements of Work, and other common technical, business and operations exhibits; assist with IP searches, including domain registration and related title searches for copyrights, patents and trademarks, as well as litigation searches; coordinate IP diligence in support of transactions; compile, analyze and summarize information; conduct corporate, securities, IP, and related legal and business research using Westlaw, and Lexis/Nexis; assist with other projects and duties as assigned. 

Position Requirements: 

·        Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree is a plus

·        Must have at least 5 years of transactional paralegal experience at a large law firm in-house corporate legal department

·        Strong interpersonal and written communication skills required

·        Proven analytical, organizational and trouble-shooting skills

·        Strong research skills with fluency utilizing Westlaw, LexisNexis, SEC/EDGAR and other financial services and legal research tools and services.

Flexibility for overtime, and occasional travel as needed.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Senior Analyst, Litigation Support – For Highly regarded law firm. This position is responsible for general litigation technology support to case teams and serves as liaison between attorneys, paralegals, internal support groups and outside service providers. Candidate will function as hands-on technical expert, performing data intake and manipulation tasks required by their cases. Some of the duties for this position include: assisting attorneys and paralegals regarding case needs to identify discovery document management tools and solutions for transcripts, pleadings and correspondence. The Senior Analyst will plan, schedule and budget for case specific support such as document collection, processing, review, production and trial; advises case teams on Firm’s Best Practices for managing electronic discovery. Candidate will coordinate with IT and administrative departments to support case team requirements for services such as SFTP transfer, securing source code, and war room setup, administer document review databases, including user rights management, database and coding form design, indexing, import/export of fielded data, OCR/extracted text, and metadata, prepare early case reports of load files and raw data using tools such as Microsoft Access, Excel, text editors, and LAW, acts as a mentor for more junior members of the department. Position Requirements: must have at least 4+ years of experience in a large law firm or legal environment in progressively more responsible litigation support positions, superior interpersonal and technical writing communication skills, strong service orientation with the ability to develop effective working relationships with others, including legal teams and vendors, and mentees, familiarity with methods to identify duplicates, near duplicates, email threads, and families within document collections, experience in case management to initiate and navigate vendor relationships on cases that may be large or have special needs, proven success as a team leader who will coordinate tasks with others in the department and with vendors, extensive knowledge of multiple document review tools such as Ringtail, Concordance, Relativity, EZReview, or Kroll Ontrack Inview. LiveNote, IPRO, or other similar tools is required, experience supporting tools for case and transcript management such as CaseMap and LiveNote. Candidate should have flexibility to occasionally travel as needed to other offices and trial sites, prior trial experience ideal, Bachelor’s degree required. Salary plus OT and generous employee benefits offered.

Litigation Support Analyst – for prominent global law firm in Washington, DC. This position is responsible for providing litigation technology support to case teams and functions as interface between attorneys, paralegals, internal support groups and outside service providers. Candidate will be the technical expert, conducting data intake and manipulation tasks required by their cases. Some of the duties for this position: Assists attorneys and paralegals to identify discovery document management tools and solutions for transcripts, pleadings and correspondence; prepare plans, schedules and budgets for case support such as document selection, processing, review, production and trial; advises case teams on Firm’s Best Practices for managing electronic discovery, develops working relationships with client-approved vendors, communicates data specifications and requirements effectively, administers document review databases, including user rights management, database and coding form design, indexing, import/export of fielded data, OCR/extracted text, and metadata, manipulates and prepares early case reports of load files and raw data using tools such as Microsoft Access, Excel, text editors, dtSearch, and LAW, prepares small document collections for review by processing data using LAW. Also coordinates similar processing for larger collections with outside processing providers, assists with preparation of search strategy for culling of documents based on discussions with legal team and knowledge of query syntax in early case assessment/culling and document review platforms, provides training and support of Firm Software (Ringtail, Concordance, LiveNote, and CaseMap) to legal teams and corporate clients, assists department leadership and other Analysts in preparation of various standardized procedures and materials, participates in presentations and training on various litigation support topics. Position Requirements:
2+ years of experience in a law firm with a thorough understanding of the requirements of litigation support, legal documents, and procedural requirements, trial experience ideal
Excellent communication, organizational, technical writing and interpersonal skills
Strong service orientation and ability to develop effective working relationships with others
Working knowledge of multiple document review tools such as Ringtail, Concordance, IPRO, Relativity, EZReview, or Kroll Ontrack Inview, LiveNote or similar is required
Must be able to support end-users and perform administrative tasks, experience supporting tools for case and transcript management such as CaseMap and LiveNote
Ability to work under pressure and to facilitate solutions
A self-starter with minimal supervision required
Proven ability to learn and adjust to new software without formal training
Flexibility for overtime and/or travel for trials
Salary is commensurate with experience plus paid overtime.