Paralegal – Intellectual Property and General Federal Court Litigation (Houston)
Porter Hedges is seeking an experienced Paralegal to support the attorneys in our Intellectual Property (IP) Section. A successful candidate for this position must have experience communicating with clients, preparing and filing pleadings in federal court and other government documents, preparing correspondence, meeting deadlines, and organizing and maintaining legal files.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Maintains complete physical and electronic client/matter files.
- Supports case management such as task lists, status updates, and overall case organization.
- Calculates and tracks deadlines, sharing responsibility with attorneys for ensuring all deadlines are met.
- Prepares shell documents for written discovery and responses.
- Prepares patent infringement/invalidity charts and patent family charts.
- Assists with preparation and assembly of court documents, including briefs, declarations, exhibits, and proposed orders.
- E-files pleadings in various federal district courts and federal appellate courts using the Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board End-2-End (PTAB E2E) electronic filing system.
- Coordinates service of filings and discovery.
- Assists with eDiscovery, including document collection, document production, and preparation of privilege logs.
- Supports depositions, including scheduling, identification of relevant documents, printing and organization of exhibits, and tracking transcripts and errata.
- Assists with preparation of expert reports.
- Supports attorney preparation for hearings, including preparing binders, retrieving documents, organizing facts, preparing demonstratives, booking conference rooms, and coordinating logistics.
- Supports trial preparation, including managing deposition designations and objections, exhibit lists, witness lists, objections to exhibits, attorney trial notebooks, witness notebooks, document indexes, and privilege logs.
- Attends hearings and trials with attorneys, as needed.
- Assists with tracking vendor invoices (e.g., court reporters, videographers, and experts).
- Determines next steps for incoming correspondence.
- Prepares and inputs time and billing data and text regarding all work time expended on any client or firm tasks.
- Other duties as assigned.
- A college degree is preferred, although the equivalent work experience of a high school diploma or equivalent and 3-4 years of work experience is acceptable.
- Possesses at least 2 years of federal litigation paralegal work experience; demonstrates a firm understanding of the "litigation case lifecycle.”
- Working knowledge of iManage (Desksite/Mailsite), Microsoft Windows, and Microsoft Office Suite.
- Highly organized and detail oriented; ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
- Possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work independently and effectively under time constraints and pre-set deadlines in an accurate manner with consistent high production; requires minimal supervision; may work outside of normal business hours.
- Demonstrates ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, provide superior internal client service, and be comfortable delivering under pressure in a team focused environment.
- Ability to work in the office or other work-related locations on a daily basis to provide assistance to attorneys as needed to meet clients’ needs. Some travel may be required.
- Ability to work a minimum of 40 hours weekly and to produce a minimum of 150 client-billable hours monthly in order to meet an annual requirement of 1,800 billable hours.
- Eligible for hybrid work schedule after working at the firm for 90 days (3 days in office, 2 days WFH).
- Robust benefits package that includes medical, dental, life, and short-term and long-term disability group insurance.
- Option to participate in the firm’s 401(k)/discretionary profit sharing program.
- Central downtown location and choice of firm-paid garage parking or firm-paid monthly METRO bus pass.
- Access to the building’s gym at no additional cost.
- Access to the building’s amenity floor that includes virtual Topgolf, shuffleboard, pool table, etc.
To be considered for current or future openings, please send your resume via fax or e-mail to:
Lisa K. Barrow
Director of Human Resources
1000 Main Street, 36th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002