Commercial Litigation Paralegal

Reference # CLP_-_11-08-18
Open Date November 8, 2018
Close Date February 28, 2019
Location Calgary

Purpose of Role

BLG’s Commercial Litigation Group is looking for a dynamic Commercial Litigation Paralegal with a growth mindset that can help solve for today while building for the future.

BLG’s Commercial Litigation Group is growing. In introducing this new role, it is expected that the Commercial Litigation Paralegal will help identify and develop new business processes to provide efficiencies and maximize the important contribution the Paralegal role will provide to the Practice Group. The Paralegal role will be an important member of the legal team working with the Lawyers and Legal Support Staff to provide the highest level of client service. The ideal candidate must be a team player, have a strong work ethic, a mind-set of continuous improvement, and be a self-starter in a fast paced environment. The successful candidate will help the Commercial Litigation Practice Group build and grow the Paralegal role, aligning with the needs of the Practice Group and our clients.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the desire and ability to identify problems and gaps, develop and design creative solutions and will have experience working in a Commercial Litigation environment as a Paralegal.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of these roles include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborates with the Commercial Litigation Regional Group Managing Partner and Senior Coordinator, Paraprofessional Services to develop workflow processes to optimize the Paralegal role
  • Actively participates as a contributing member of the legal team to manage matters and provide excellent client service
  • Assists with identifying Paralegal tasks and proactively offers solutions to drive efficiencies in the Practice Group through utilization of the Paralegal role
  • File management from inception to conclusion
  • Electronic/paper organization and maintenance of files
  • Drafting originating applications, Statements of Defence and other pleadings, interlocutory proceedings and motion materials
  • Identifying, requesting and monitoring lists of required productions and information from both the client and opposing counsel
  • Preparing electronic document briefs, charts, chronologies and summaries of documentary evidence for use on questioning, mediation, pre-trial and arbitration/trial
  • Analysis of client documents and preliminary drafting of the Affidavits of Records
  • Reviewing and summarizing transcripts; managing undertakings and refusals
  • Compiling books of authorities and other briefs
  • Preparing mediation and pre-trial briefs
  • Preparing documentation required for appeals including books of authorities, compendium materials, and assisting with preparation of facta
  • Arranging and participating in meetings with experts
  • Compiling statistics and information, and performing research tasks
  • Preparing bills of costs
  • Hearing and trial preparation
  • Maintaining a bring-forward system to: ensure team members have everything required for scheduled meetings, discoveries, mediations, arbitration hearings or Court appearances
  • Adhering to time recording best practices including recording their time daily; achieving minimum billable and non-billable targets as determined annually
  • Cooperating within the team to assist with overflow, urgent deadlines and back-up coverage.

Key Competencies Required

  • Minimum 5+ years litigation law clerk experience
  • Knowledge of Alberta Rules of Court, Federal Court Rules and statutes
  • Knowledge and experience with the Alberta Energy Regulator or National Energy Board would be an asset, but is not required
  • Community College Law Clerk Diploma
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Knowledge of Relativity software an asset
  • Professional demeanor and strong organizational, investigative, fact-finding, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to process a high volume of documentation with excellent attention to detail
  • A team player attitude with excellent communication and interpersonal skills for liaising with clients, lawyers, investigators, experts, and staff
  • Strong organizational, investigative, fact finding and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently, and to prioritize assignments
  • Availability to work extended hours when necessary

Application

If you have an interest in this position or know of someone who may be suitable, please forward a current resume to Brittany Cheyne (Manager, Human Resources), at BCheyne@blg.com no later than February 28, 2019.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Everyone at BLG is required to carry out the duties of their role while upholding the important principles of our respectful workplace policies, and treating everyone with respect, regardless of position. At BLG, valuing diversity and inclusion is key to a respectful workplace.

BLG is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse candidates, including people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

*Please note that relatives of current BLG employees and Partners are not eligible for consideration.

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