Work at Weston Hurd
September 2022 – Weston Hurd has current openings available for a Legal Secretary (Cleveland office) and a Litigation Paralegal (Columbus office). Position descriptions are below:
LEGAL SECRETARY – Cleveland office
Weston Hurd is seeking a professional legal secretary to oversee a range of administrative and secretarial duties. The principal goal of a legal secretary is to support attorneys by performing a range of clerical duties including attending court proceedings, researching case information, scheduling meetings, and filing legal documents when needed. In addition to being an excellent written and verbal communicator, the ideal candidate will be polite and professional. To be successful in this role, you should possess an in-depth knowledge of legal procedures and terminology.
- Prepares correspondence, memoranda and other legal documents from written and oral instruction in a timely and efficient manner.
- Assists with preparations for court conferences and/or meetings as requested.
- Prepare legal filings and file with appropriate courts as requested.
- Maintains client files, including opening and closing files.
- Enters attorney(s) time accurately and in a timely manner.
- Prepares and coordinate client billing process in a timely and accurate manner.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- High school graduate or equivalency required
- A minimum of three to five years of experience working in the legal environment is required.
- Proficient computer skills, especially Microsoft Office Suite, are required
- Must be able to efficiently and effectively manage multiple priorities and possess exceptional customer service and communication skills.
- Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints.
LITIGATION PARALEGAL – Columbus office
Paralegal will assist attorney(s) by providing clerical and research support services including document preparation and review; interviewing clients and witnesses; research, investigations, and fact checking; and trial preparation.
- Meets with attorneys, clients, and other professionals to discuss assigned cases or projects.
- Drafts legal documents including routine pleadings and motions, affidavits, and interrogatories; files motions and pleadings according to judicial procedures.
- Researches and analyzes statutes, regulations, legal articles, judicial decisions, and other legal sources; provides written analysis to attorneys.
- Interviews clients and witnesses and prepares summaries of their statements.
- Prepares, organizes, stores, and retrieves case files, which may include evidence, exhibits, depositions, pleadings, exhibits, and other items.
- Assists attorneys with trial preparation, which may include attending trials and hearings.
- Develops and maintains records regarding billable hours spent on specific cases.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Understanding of legal language and principles, research methods, court pleadings and processes, and other related matters.
- Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality, and to exercise discretion and good judgment.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
Education and Experience:
- Associate degree in Paralegal Studies or related field required
- Bachelors degree in Paralegal Studies or related field preferred.
- Paralegal certificate required.
- Some related experience preferred.