Paralegal – Personal Injury Law
Steven H. Schafer & Associates, LLC, 405 Cochituate Road (Route 30), Suite 305, Framingham, MA 01701.
Convenient Location. Small, boutique, professional Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury firm has opened a MetroWest/Route 128 office just off the Route 30 – Natick/Framingham exit on the Mass Pike.
Full Time (or Part-Time for the right candidate). This position requires a presence in the office, although some work could be done remotely.
Paralegal Position. Most recent graduates think they should workat large firms to obtain the best experience while they consider attending law school in the future, hence this listing begins with a story: A number of years ago we hired a temporary paralegal through a placement agency. An Ivy League graduate, the person had worked as a paralegal for a Wall Street firm, largely reviewing documents, but didn’t like the work or the environment, and was scheduled to begin a Masters in Social Work program at one of the major universities in Boston the following year. After several weeks, the person asked Mr. Schafer if there would be a long-term position for him if he delayed the MSW program and instead took the following year to take the LSAT’s and apply to law school. “I didn’t like the work I was doing in New York,” he said, “but I really like the hands-on work I am doing here.” The paralegal stayed on and eventually graduated from law school; he is now building a specialized practice and actually worked with us as co-counsel on a case last year.
We are rebuilding a small team, post-pandemic, for our MetroWest office and have one or two openings for paralegals. Ideally, candidates would have law office experience, but we will train persons with excellent organization and writing skills, the ability to pay attention to details, and a desire to excel. These positions would be ideal for candidates considering law school in the future.
Our paralegals largely work on substantial cases involving medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability, construction site accidents, nursing home negligence and abuse, auto and truck collisions, and wrongful death.
Paralegals in our office do not perform “make work” assignments, but work on cases involving people who have suffered real harms and losses for whom we make a real difference. Paralegals are an integral part of our small team, and contribute significantly to the progress of our cases. Responsibilities eventually include:
· Screening potential clients
· Diarying important dates
· Obtaining, organizing, and summarizing medical records, investigative reports, accident records, and similar documents
· Document management
· Technical and medical research
· Case investigation, sometimes in the office and sometimes in the field
· Drafting discovery responses
· Assisting at depositions and at trial
· Communicating with clients, witnesses, experts, and vendors
· Good computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google searches, Lexis
· Preferably familiarity with at least one computer case management system (we use TrialWorks), or the ability to master the system
· Familiarity with Rules of Civil Procedure, Discovery, or the ability to learn the rules
· Good writing skills with emphasis on grammar, punctuation, spelling, and proofreading
· Persistence and follow through on assignments and prioritizing deadlines
· Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
· Curiosity and the desire to learn new things
· Willingness to speak up and voice thoughts and opinions
A paralegal certificate is valuable, but not necessarily a requirement. A medical background is a plus. Experience in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury cases is ideal, but we will consider training someone with the requisite skills and abilities.
Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
Application Process. Please send resume and writing sample via email or mail to Steven H. Schafer, Esquire. See above address, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, apply through Handshake.