Defense Litigation Paralegal

New York, NY, USA Req #250
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Founded in 1856, Harris Beach and its subsidiaries provide a full range of legal and professional services for clients across New York state, as well as nationally and internationally. Harris Beach is among the country’s top law firms as ranked by The National Law Journal. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations, privately-held companies, emerging businesses, public sector entities, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. Principal industries Harris Beach represents include education, energy, financial, food and beverage, health care, insurance, manufacturing, medical and life sciences, real estate developers, and state and local governments and authorities. The firm’s more than 200 lawyers practice among offices throughout New York state in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, New York City, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Uniondale and White Plains, as well as in New Haven, Connecticut and Newark, New Jersey.

Description: We are seeking a Defense Litigation Paralegal with 3-4+ years of experience. The paralegal should have experience with case management to support the Mass Tort and Medical Life Science groups with a focus on toxic exposures and product liability, but also including general liability. The paralegal will track, collect, and potentially review medical and other records; manage and meet discovery deadlines; and manage and update case activity to assist attorneys with case monitoring and client reporting. This position requires a high level of motivation, flexibility, initiative, and ability to follow through on numerous ongoing projects. The successful candidate must exhibit a positive attitude and a willingness to help.


  • Create, update, and otherwise proactively manage multi-case/jurisdiction client reports, including spreadsheets, that track all aspects of case status, including substantive allegations, motions, settlement activity, statistics, and claimant information
  • Process authorizations and collect and compile medical records, including through vendors
  • Monitor and interpret reporting, court orders, calendars, etc. to identify, calendar, and communicate deadlines and appearances to attorneys and assist with all phases of discovery
  • Prepare reliance materials, binders, and exhibits for depositions, mediations and settlement conferences, expert review, and trials
  • Assemble motions and accompanying exhibits
  • Compile photographs, and other fact investigative material to be analyzed and/or produced
  • Prepare and serve various legal documents, i.e. subpoenas, discovery requests, motions, etc., and execute follow-up regarding service and filing of documents
  • Communicate with clients, vendors, expert witnesses, opposing counsel, local counsel, and counsel for co-defendants as needed
  • Prepare deposition digests and summaries, analyze medical records and draft chronologies
  • Using document management software, prepare document productions by analyzing, coding, redacting, and bates stamping documents
  • File electronically in both state and federal court
  • Travel to court to file documents, attend hearings, or assist at trial
  • Review, download, profile, and distribute case notifications received electronically
  • Accurately record and maintain billable hours


  • 3-4+ years of defense litigation experience
  • Experience managing client reporting and case tracking documents
  • Experience processing medical authorizations and collecting and compiling medical records
  • Experience interpreting reporting, court orders, and other sources to identify and communicate deadlines and litigation events
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications required
  • Must exhibit well-developed interpersonal and client relation skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills required
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Must exhibit initiative and problem solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Must be able to effectively multi-task, meet deadlines, and excel in a team atmosphere
  • Toxic tort and product liability experience a plus
  • Experience reviewing medical and technical records a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience utilizing SharePoint, e-discovery platforms, and trial technology tools a plus
  • Military experience welcome

Harris Beach is committed to an inclusive environment and we welcome applications from diverse candidates. Harris Beach PLLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The firm’s policy prohibiting unlawful discrimination applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, placement, assignment of duties, training, promotion, compensation & benefits and termination. It is the policy of Harris Beach PLLC that all applicants and employees enjoy a positive, respectful and productive work environment, free from behavior, actions or language constituting unlawful harassment. Accordingly, harassment or discrimination of any kind based on an individual’s race or color, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, military status, genetic predisposition, carrier status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, creed, domestic violence victim status or any other legally protected status is strictly prohibited. Harris Beach complies with the provisions of the Human Rights Law, all other State and Federal statutory and constitutional non-discrimination provisions including non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.

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  • Pay Type Hourly
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  • New York, NY, USA