Legal Nurse Consultant
This position is located in the Nationwide Trial Division office in New York City. We are seekinga Registered Nurse, with a strong legal/medical records background to assistour team of insurance defense attorneys to prepare theircases.
JOB SUMMARY: Provides the highest level of administrative and professional assistance and support to trial attorneys or Managing Attorneys. Assists attorneys in the preparation and trial of lawsuits by managing pre-trial proceedings, handling of discovery activities, drafting complex and dispositive motions, pleadings, and subpoenas, obtaining witnesses and performing related duties. Conducts complex legal research and writing. Assists in training new paralegals, coordinating workflow and audit preparation. Ability to handle medium size matters with no oversight and direction. Activities may be directed by Trial Attorney, Managing Attorney or Regional Attorney.
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to Managing Attorney or Regional Attorney
CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
+ Runs day-to-day cases by reviewing office files and answers correspondence. Assists Attorney in management activities and in any matter of legal research as requested. Independently performs all matters of legal research including complex legal issues as assigned. Drafts memos, answers, correspondence to clients, claims and customers as necessary with regard to discovery matters and/or file/case status.
+ Drafts interrogatories and other discovery requests as well as highly complex pleadings including dispositive motions, orders and briefs. Sends to attorney for approval.
+ Obtains, compiles and analyzes records for discovery. Handles incoming discovery. Analyzes and responds to incoming discovery. Reviews and analyzes medical records.
+ Prepare experts/other witnesses and any other necessary pre-trial and/or trial activities.
+ Summarizes and/or indexes depositions, and on completion of discovery, summarizes and indexes files.
+ Drafts jury instructions including special jury instructions. Drafts and issues necessary subpoenas. Draft pre-trial order/statement.
+ Contacts parties and witness(es) concerning trial dates and coordinates their attendance and testimony.
+ Organizes all necessary interviews; meet with clients and/or witnesses as necessary to ensure proper case development.
+ Organizes all necessary medical and expert witnesses and coordinates their time.
+ Manages workflow and provides training to Paralegals. Conducts open and closed paralegal file audits and informs paralegals of audit results.
+ Prepares attorneys and office leadership in preparation for office/file audits.
+ Performs other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Education: Undergraduate studies in business administration, insurance or other related area preferred.
Designations: Certification in paralegal studies with ongoing, job-related continuing education preferred.
Experience: Typically eight years experience in a paralegal capacity with proven performance.
Knowledge: Has developed paralegal expertise in multiple areas of law. Operation, practices and procedures of a law office engaged in civil litigation. Filing procedures of relevant courts and administrative agencies. Established knowledge of legal research and complex and/or dispositive motion practices as well as appellate procedures. Demonstrated knowledge of ability to analyze and interpret medical reports.
Skills/ Competencies: Excellent verbal and written communication skills for contact with employees, attorneys, clients and customers. Ability to operate a personal computer and related legal and business software and data bases. Ability to design and maintain filing systems. Ability to set work priorities that conform with established standards. Understanding of training and development principles and concepts. Ability to give presentations in both formal and informal settings. Proven ability to provide leadership and support.
Staffing Exceptions: Staffing exceptions to the above minimum job requirements must be approved by the: VP, Trial Division and HR Officer.
Overtime eligibility: Eligible (non exempt)
Working Conditions: Professional law office environment. Occasional travel.
ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some associates assigned to the job to performs a somewhat different combination of duties.
Credit Check: Due to the fiduciary accountabilities of this job, a valid credit check and/or background which will be requires as part of the selection process.
Job Evaluation Activity: Evaluated January 2007 SMP (Updated 5/2014 SLR)
Job Function/Family: LEG/PAR