Patent Litigation

Job #S20190711 – Seattle, Washington

Perkins Coie LLP's nationally-recognized Patent Litigation group is seeking a highly-motivated Paralegal to join the Seattle office. This position will assist throughout the firm with coordinating and supporting all phases of patent litigation matters. The individual in this role must possess extensive experience in, and a thorough understanding of all aspects of litigation case support including, but not limited to, document and data preservation, collection, processing, review, production, and document/information management systems and databases. Must demonstrate the ability to conduct legal research and complex factual investigations. This role manages discovery, prepares and schedules depositions, as well as the coordination of pretrial preparation and trial support, and all other case management duties assigned by attorneys.

Essential Functions:

  • Understand the substantive, technical and legal issues of case and contribute meaningfully to the overall case strategy.  Make relevancy calls and decisions about what information/documents are needed for your case. Contribute to accurate reporting to your case team regarding the status of your discovery efforts and provide meaningful suggestions/solutions to the team. 
  • Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communications and interpersonal skills to effectively interface with team members, staff, and employees at all management levels within the firm and within our clients’ organizations.
  • Will possess a solid understanding of litigation and the rules of civil procedure, including key a solid understanding of the Court’s and Judges rules and standing orders. Will provide formal and informal training, coaching, and mentorship to team members, new or less-tenured paralegals, and E-Discovery Services & Strategy team members.
  • Exercise good judgment in preparing timely and accurate case budgets, including budget forecasting. Exercise excellent judgment and initiative, and possess strong leadership, project management, and problem-solving skills to successfully drive projects to completion.
  • Keep accurate time records and comply with clients’ billing requirements. Coordinate and attend client conferences, court hearings, and trials as requested by the attorneys.
  • Manage source code reviews with an understanding of the client’s source code policies and procedures for handling their code.  Maintain compliance with all discovery orders, and the protective order as they relate to source code productions. 

Education & Experience:

A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of seven to ten years of paralegal experience is required.  Litigation experience working with all levels of management and staff of Fortune 100 companies is preferred. Paralegal certificate is preferred.  Experience in patent litigation and experience with the inter-workings of the U. S. Patent Office is a plus, but not required.  Experience with automated litigation support software is required.

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