Employment lawyer of counsel

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Of Counsel Job Responsibilities

I. Compensation: This compensation is designed to cover all hours worked in a workweek. a. Flat weekly salary: $400 per week b. Case bonus structure: 10% of the after-expense case value of each case closed. Payment will be made upon securing the settlement proceeds from the cases you close. This does not mean upon hiring you are vested in the outcome of every firm case. You must be employed when the cases are closed and have worked the case. c. Severance agreement review: $125 flat fee. i. Estimated 2 per month – $250 per month. ii. Annual: $3,000.00 iii. Payment rendered on completion of consultation. d. Estimated income from the position. i. Salary: $20,800 per annum. ii. Case bonuses: $90,000.00. Estimated 60 cases closed per year. This could potentially be more however case length varies. We anticipate that you can manage 100 cases a year, potentially more with the paralegal staff, but cases close at varying rates. iii. Total- $121,000.00.

II. Responsibilities: a. Case progression: i. Ensure that the cases are moving through the firm time targets.

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ii. Minimal Estimated time: 1 hour weekly staff meeting with each paralegal who is handling approximately 40 cases. b. Review and sign off on paralegals work: i. Review all case documents that are required to go out from the firm with a signature and approve. ii. Review and negotiate settlement agreements. iii. Instruct paralegals to perform better work. The goal is that paralegals should do everything as well as a lawyer that does not require a license (depositions, court appearances, rendering legal advice). c. Client communications: i. Render legal advice to clients. d. Court appearances- i. Attend all court appearances. Expected to be aware of the issues in the case and prepared for the conference. ii. Argue motions and hearings. e. Depositions: i. Conduct depositions and conduct them in an efficient fashion.

1. Prepare concise outlines

2. Identify the key issues that need to be addressed,

3. Limit the deposition to minimize costs.

4. Question appropriately. f. Settlement negotiations: i. Oversee settlement negotiations and parameters for paralegals to follow. ii. Step in on negotiations – allow paralegals to convey offers and conduct negotiations, but step in when needed. iii. Ensure settlement goals are achieved. g. Trial: i. The opportunity to chair at trial. Since so few matters go to trial. In the event we go to trial, we can discuss compensation for the case You will be entitled to collect your attorney fees if we prevail.

III. Tasks by litigation phase:

1. Case Strategy: a. Determine the case theory b. Determine course of conduct & causes of action.

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2. Demand letter a. Review, edit, and sign off on demand letter and damage computation.

3. Pleadings stage: a. Review, edit, sig off on pleadings and sign off.

4. Discovery phase propounding: a. Review discovery plan b. Review discovery demands and see what information we need to collect, sign off, and send.

5. Discovery phase receiving: a. Review and sign off on deficiency letters.

6. Depositions: a. Instruct the paralegals on exhibit notebook for depositions b. Create exhibit outline c. Conduct depositions d. Defend depositions e. Prepare witnesses for depositions

7. Motions: a. Drafting motions. i. Summary judgment ii. Motion to compel iii. Motions in limine iv. Motion for protective order

IV. Key Performance Indicators: a. Case settlement value: i. $15,000 > → good. ii. $10,000 – $15,000→ Avg. iii. Below $10,000 avg. → Unacceptable. b. Case close time (define by date retined through date we get the money): i. 1-4 months→ Excellent ii. 4-9 months→ avg. iii. 9 + months→ below avg. c. Client satisfaction: i. Give the firm 5 star review→ Excellent ii. No review but pleased→ Average and not desired.

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iii. Any negative complaints→ unacceptable. d. Leadership and paralegal satisfaction: You are leading the paralegal team. It is your responsibility to ensure that they are properly evaluated, trained, and supported through positivity and encouragement. There is no management through fear and threats, or being condescending tone. i. Paralegal 5-star reviews→ ii. Zero paralegal complaints→ iii. Paralegal complaints → Unacceptable e. Paralegal training: You are leading the paralegal team. It is your responsibility to ensure that they are properly evaluated, trained, and supported through positivity and encouragement. There is no management through fear and threats, or being condescending tone. i. Paralegal performance improvement→ Unacceptable ii. Zero paralegal stagnation → unacceptable iii. Paralegal backsliding → Unacceptable f. Organization & Adherence to systems. i. Organization and adherence to the systems in place.

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Paralegal Evaluation Form

Paralegal name: ______________________________

Evaluation Date: _____________________________

Evaluator: __________________________________

I. Client Satisfaction: a. Keeping clients updated every 10 days.

  • Yes
  • No. b. Patient and non-confrontational with clients.
  • Yes
  • No. c. Clients are providing good feedback:
  • Yes

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  • No.

II. Case Management: a. How many cases is the paralegal handling:

  • 40 plus → Great
  • 30-40 → On target
  • Under 30 → needs additional cases. b. How many overdue tasks has the paralegal had in the past two weeks:
  • Zero→ Goal
  • 1-5→ On track
  • More than 5→ c. Has the paralegal been unable left any cases stagnant:
  • Zero→ goal
  • 1-5: Concerned and needs improvement
  • More than 5: Highly concerned

III. Self sufficiency: How much time are you taking in paralegal meetings keeping them on track? a. Is paralegal prepared for weekly staff meeting to ensure it run smoothly?

  • Yes
  • No. b. Is paralegal aware of the status of the case and generally on top of the case (what is it about, value, settlement status, next steps, problems, and opportunities).
  • Yes
  • No c. Is staff meeting:
  • Over 1 hour → then meeting is not efficient.

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  • Approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour → Avg.
  • Under 30 minutes→ Excellent.

IV. Problem Solving: a. Can paralegal troubleshoot basic holdups to a case:

  • Yes
  • No. b. Is paralegal asking routine questions repeatedly:
  • Yes
  • No. c. Does the paralegal come to you with proposed solutions.
  • Yes
  • No.

V. Attitude:

  • Is happy with the job:
  • Wants to continue working and growing:
  • General positive attitude toward work:
  • Team player and helps others:
  • Contributes valuable ideas to the team
  • Areas of concern or improvement:

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VI. Adherence to systems and protocol:

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a. Is paralegal following protocols and using templates:

  • Yes
  • No. b. If no: How and why is this happening?

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VII. Writing Quality: a. Current ability:

  • No revisions necessary.
  • Refinement: Improving argument structure.
  • Minor revisions. Refinement of tightening up clarity and conciseness, argument structure.
  • Major revisions: Basic grammar issues, punctuation, structure is missing.

Requires many revisions b. Improvement since last evaluation:

  • Beyond expected
  • Expected
  • None
  • Regression c. Required improvements:

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VIII. Research Quality:

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a. Current ability:

  • No corrections needed.
  • Brings relevant cases to your attention for approval. In support and against.
  • Cannot identify appropriate cases and holdings. b. Improvement since last evaluation:
  • Beyond expected
  • Expected
  • None
  • Regression c. Required improvements:

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IX. Issue identification: a. Does the paralegal understand all relevant areas of law:

  • Yes
  • If not, what laws do they not understand?

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________________________________________________________________ b. Can the paralegal understand what a prima facie case is for each case of action:

  • Yes
  • If not, what laws do they not understand?

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c. Does the paralegal understand problems with the case and bring them to your attention:

  • Yes
  • No d. Do you identify case issues that the paralegal missed:
  • Yes
  • No.

X. Negotiation ability: a. Is the Paralegal comfortable with negotiations.

  • Yes
  • No. b. Does the paralegal create appropriate damage computations;
  • Yes
  • No. c. Does the paralegal have a good concession strategy:
  • Yes
  • No. d. Can the paralegal not concede too much too soon?
  • Yes
  • No. e. Does the paralegal require a lot of support and reassurance?
  • Yes
  • No.

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Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay: $50,000.00 – $150,000.00 per year

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • White Plains, NY 10604: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)

Application Question(s):

  • Approximately how many depositions have you conducted?
  • Approximately how many trials have you conducted?
  • Please describe your familiarity with employment law:
  • Are you licensed to practice law in the state of new york?
  • Have you had any attorney disciplinary actions taken against you?
  • Have you trained paralegals or other lawyers in litigation?

Experience:

  • Litigation: 4 years (Preferred)

Language:

  • Spanish (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

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