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Professional Liability Associate

Dallas

Professional Liability Associate – Dallas Office

“Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP seeks a 3-5 year Professional Liability Associate in our Dallas office.  This position principally involves handling litigation matters, including trial or alternative dispute resolution, negotiations, experience involving actions before professional regulatory bodies, with a heavy emphasis on defending allegations of error or omission by design professionals, lawyers, accountants, real estate professionals and insurance specialists, among other professionals.  Candidates should have a working knowledge of state and federal civil procedure as well as experience handling depositions, hearings, and reporting to insurance carriers.  Excellent advocacy and writing skills are a must.

Marketing Communications Manager

Dallas

The Marketing Communications Manager is responsible for collaboratively creating and tactically executing the communications strategy for Thompson Coe.  The responsibilities for this position include public relations, website management, and digital strategy.  A successful candidate will have contacts with legal media outlets, an understanding of strategic messaging, and experience managing multiple projects simultaneously in a demanding environment.

Essential Duties

  • Write, distribute and promote press releases to the appropriate outlets.
  • Maintain existing and establish new relationships with media to field interview requests and pitch stories.
  • Develop best practices for communications to ensure the Firm is presented in a consistent and professional manner.
  • Assist with the development and execution of editorial strategies and content calendars.
  • Work with attorneys and practice heads on guest publishing opportunities.
  • Develop a standardized template for print and electronic materials.
  • Maintain Firm social media presence across all digital channels.
  • Brainstorm new and creative digital growth and content repurposing strategies.
  • Maintain and update marketing materials.
  • Responsible for website content and user experience such as adding new pages, widgets, content and optimization.
  • Proper metadata tagging to improve SEO

Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in Public Relations, Communications, Advertising, Marketing, or related field.
  • 5-7 years of experience in a Legal Marketing Communications role developing content.
  • Experience in data analytics preferred.
  • Must have basic computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite).

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • 5-7 years of experience with digital marketing preferred.
  • Experience in graphic design, preferred.
  • PR Agency experience desired.
  • Self-starter who works independently and in a team environment.
  • Excellent writing and grammar skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong research, analytics and reporting capability.
  • Excellent communication, collaboration and relationship building skills with a service mentality.
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2-5 year Casualty Associate

Dallas

Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP seeks a 2-5 year Litigation Associate for the Dallas office.   This position principally involves handling casualty litigation matters on behalf of major insurers, including commercial automobile, premises liability, products liability, and construction defect claims.  Candidates should have experience with client contact, depositions, hearings, and trials.  Excellent advocacy and writing skills are a must.

Legal Secretary (Reserve)

Austin

Thompson Coe is seeking a full-time Legal (Litigation) Secretary to provide desk coverage and overflow assistance for various desks in our Austin, TX office. Qualified candidates will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Advanced knowledge utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Outlook, Electronic Case Filing, Time Entry software, and other 3rd party software utilized by the Firm. Prepare/revise complex documents using advanced word processing features including styles, section formatting, merge, tables, redlining, cross referencing, table of contents, table of authorities, etc.
  • Demonstrate computer proficiency by handling a variety of computer related tasks on a daily basis as part of the job function.
  • Attend in-house training sessions on computer software as updates occur and need arises.
  • Ensure timely completion of assignments.
  • Interact congenially with clients, attorneys, non-attorney staff, and other representatives in and outside of the Firm.
  • Ability to handle pressure, extended hours when and if needed, interruptions, and multiple projects with frequently changing priorities in an efficient manner, rapid turnaround as required, and generally perform in a fast-paced, high-tech environment.
  • Provide assistance to others in the Firm as workload permits.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently, possess a willingness to help others and has above average customer service skills.
  • Proficient in all areas of law and software in order to work in any section in the Firm; ability to adjust to multiple tasks from multiple individuals in the Firm.
  • Perform work honestly, ethically and safely.
  • Maintain a good attendance record. Is punctual and prepared to perform duties upon arrival.
  • Adhere to Firm policies and procedures as outlined in the Firm Handbooks.
  • Dress professionally.
  • Maintain positive and respectful attitude.

When Assigned Secretarial Desk Coverage The Following Shall Apply:

  • Prepares correspondence, memoranda, legal documents and material for a general nature from written and oral drafts; drafts standard correspondence and other documents.
  • Create various legal documents for filings and/or closings as required. Prepare notebooks, exhibits, and other documentation as assigned.
  • Transcribe dictation via tapes, input of handwritten copy and telephone dictation when necessary. Extensive knowledge and use of legal terminology and court and agency formatting, or other formatting, as required.
  • Proofread documents for grammar, punctuation, syntax and formatting consistency.
  • Fax, copy, and respond to emails as necessary.
  • Read, sort and date incoming mail. Follow section guidelines pertaining to mail. Ensure outgoing mail is timely delivered. If necessary, route mail to specific delivery service and follow up on timely delivery. Route publications and review if required by supervisor.
  • Receive, process, and/or transfer telephone calls and messages from clients, co-counsel and other personnel in a prompt and courteous manner. Access both voice mail and email as needed.
  • Establish and maintain calendar and deadline reminder systems. Manage calendar and assist in meeting deadlines. Apprise supervisor(s) of responsibilities in advance of commitment.
  • Open new client/matter files, request conflict checks, and maintain all client and general files. Conduct periodic review for possible storage or destruction of older files. Prepare files to be closed. Maintain files in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Handle billing process, time entry and billing memos under the guidance of the attorney, as appropriate. Ensure timekeepers time entry is closed in a timely manner.
  • Receive clients and visitors. Maintain good public relations with clients. Observe confidentiality of attorney/client relationship. Prepare materials for client meetings, update client contact lists, interface with client questions.
  • Handle check requests, travel expenses and travel arrangements. Travel arrangements include airline, car and hotel reservations.
  • Preparation of materials for publication or speaking engagements.
  • Research and legal assistant duties as required. Uses the Internet for research and general information as well as web-based programs, as necessary.
  • Communicate regularly with supervisors about department issues.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Approximately three to five years on the job experience is necessary in order to gain an understanding of law office policies and procedures and produce accurate legal documents with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to prepare complex, properly formatted documents.
  • Ability to transcribe legal documents, correspondence and reports from rough draft or dictation at a level of not less than 70 wpm.
  • Ability to read and write in order to write routine reports and correspondence; proof and perform minor editing (e.g., punctuation, grammar, spelling) of routine law office correspondence and legal case matters. Attention to detail.
  • Ability to interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and policy and procedure manuals.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary in order to communicate efficiently and effectively in person, by email, and telephone to provide information with ordinary courtesy and tact; follow instructions, both written and oral, effectively from a diverse group of clients, attorneys and staff, to provide information with ordinary courtesy and tact.
  • Ability to handle pressure, extended hours as needed, interruptions, and multiple projects with frequently changing priorities in an efficient manner, rapid turnaround as required, and generally perform in a fast-paced, high-tech environment.
  • Handle overflow work from other staff.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Displays excellent organizational skills.
  • Friendly and professional demeanor.
  • Work occasionally requires a high level of mental effort and strain while producing a high volume of information while performing other essential duties.
  • Work occasionally requires more than 40 hours per week to perform the essential duties of the position; may require irregular hours.

Associate's degree or equivalent from two-Year College or technical school; Bachelor's degree from four-year College or university; or three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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Commercial Litigation Associate

Austin

The Austin office of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons seeks a Texas-licensed attorney with 3-6 years commercial litigation experience. Applicants should be receptive to partner direction, but capable of managing a case without significant oversight. Knowledge of insurance defense practice requirements preferred but not required.

Legal Secretary (Part-Time)

Saint Paul

Legal Secretary

Thompson Coe, a national defense law firm, is seeking a part-time Legal Secretary to provide secretarial support to its Product Liability team in our downtown Saint Paul Office. 

Legal Secretary

Thompson Coe, a national defense law firm, is seeking a part-time Legal Secretary to provide secretarial support to its Product Liability team in our downtown Saint Paul Office. Qualified candidates will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Job Duties:

  • Provides administrative support to litigation attorneys in the practice of law

  • Types legal documents, discovery and correspondence

  • Maintains, organizes, and manages client files

  • Dockets/calendars deadlines

  • Enters attorney time into billing system

  • Exercises discretion and maintains information of a confidential nature

  • Manages and prioritizes projects to meet various deadlines

  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • One to two plus (2+) years of experience in a law firm or office

  • Excellent secretarial, grammar, and proofreading skills

  • High proficiency in MS Office Suite

  • Familiarity with document management systems, preferably iManage

  • Well-organized

  • Self-starter; ability to work effectively in a team environment

  • Ability to communicate professionally

  • Typing speed of 65+ words per minute

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Legal (Litigation) Secretary - Insurance Defense

Dallas

Thompson Coe, a downtown insurance defense law firm, is seeking a full-time Litigation Secretary to provide desk coverage for four (4) attorneys and overflow assistance for various desks. Qualified candidates will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Job Duties:

•Provides administrative support to litigation attorneys in the practice of law;

•Assists in preparing for hearings, trials, mediations, arbitrations, depositions, meetings, etc. in a fast-paced, high volume litigation practice;

•Types pleadings, discovery, briefs, status reports, and correspondence from dictation;

•Maintains, organizes, and manages client files;

•Dockets/calendars deadlines;

•Manages electronic and paper filing systems (state and federal);

•Enters attorney time into billing system;

•Exercises discretion and maintains information of a confidential nature;

•Handles multiple tasks simultaneously;

•Assists with section coverage when staff are absent (helps out other secretaries);

•Works occasional overtime, as needed;

•Other duties as assigned (example: travel plans, expense reports, invoices);

Qualifications:

•Five plus (5+) years of recent litigation experience in a law firm (preferably insurance defense);

•Advanced knowledge of the litigation process; rules of procedure; excellent litigation, secretarial, grammar, and proofreading skills;

•High proficiency in MS Office Suite;

•Ability to operate standard office equipment

•Experience with electronic court filings (state and federal);

•Familiarity with DMS (document management system), preferably iManage;

•Familiarity with Chrome River Expense & Invoicing a plus;

•Ability to turn constructive feedback into best practices for future use;

•Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with co-workers, clients, courts and opposing counsel and be proactive about seeking clarification of ambiguities;

•Ability to read and understand attorney mail and email;

•Typing speed of 65+ words per minute;

Thompson Coe offers competitive compensation complemented by a benefits package. Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, résumé and salary requirements in confidence to the posted email address.

Thompson Coe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a smoke-free workplace.

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Insurance Coverage and Litigation Attorney

Houston

Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP seeks a 3-6 year Insurance Coverage & Litigation Associate in the Houston office. This position principally involves handling complex commercial property matters on behalf of major insurers, including construction defect issues. Candidates should have a working knowledge of state and federal civil procedure, and excellent advocacy and writing skills are a must. Litigation/appellate experience preferred, and previous experience with bad faith allegations is strongly preferred.

Associate Attorney

Houston

Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP seeks a 3 - 5 year Litigation Associate Attorney for our Houston office. This position principally involves handling professional liability and casualty litigation matters on behalf of major insurers, including the defense of real estate, legal, and insurance professionals and commercial automobile, premises liability, products liability, and construction defect claims. Candidates should have experience with client contact, depositions, hearings, and trials. Excellent advocacy and writing skills are required.

Attorney

Houston

Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP seeks a 4 - 7 year Litigation Associate Attorney for our Houston office. This position principally involves handling professional liability and casualty litigation matters on behalf of major insurers, including the defense of real estate, legal, and insurance professionals and commercial automobile, premises liability, products liability, and construction defect claims. Candidates should have experience with client contact, depositions, hearings, and trials. Excellent advocacy and writing skills are required.

Sr. Paralegal

Austin

Thompson Coe is looking for an experienced civil litigation paralegal to join our Austin office. This is a great opportunity for a proactive self-starter with exceptional organizational skills and the ability to manage a very large and fast-paced docket. Tasks involve organizing and reviewing large volumes of documents, preparing key document notebooks and other resources for attorneys to use at hearings, depositions, mediations, and trial. Candidates should have prior litigation experience, preferably in supporting construction defect cases, great time management and superb communication skills.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Reviews, organizes and summarizes case documents in order to assist in preparation of case for trial
  • Draft complaints and answers, routine notices, affidavits, motions and petitions, memoranda and correspondence.
  • Prepare discovery
  • Reviews, organizes and summarizes case documents, construction plans, contracts, etc. in order to assist in preparation of case for trial.
  • Reviews and analyzes matters for the purpose of preparing matter evaluations and status reports to clients. Communicate with clients, attorneys, staff and other outside personnel to obtain or provide information.
  • Enter time into accounting and billing software daily.
  • Ability to handle pressure, interruptions, and multiple projects with frequently changing priorities in an efficient manner, rapid turnaround required, and generally perform in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficient in all software; ability to adjust to multiple tasks from multiple individuals in the Firm.
  • Follows ethical requirements as set forth by the Rules of Professional Conduct of the state.

Eligible candidates must have the following qualifications and skills:

  • College degree and/or ABA approved paralegal certificate
  • 3-5 years of civil litigation experience, preferably in insurance defense
  • Drafting discovery requests, motions and answers
  • Monitoring calendar deadlines
  • Deposition and trial preparation
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Proficient with Microsoft applications including Excel and Adobe
  • Experience with both State and Federal Courts, including e-filing procedures
  • Professionally interact with clients, attorneys and other staff
  • Positive attitude
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Legal Secretary

Houston

Thompson Coe, an Insurance Defense law firm, is seeking a full-time Legal Secretary to provide support to various attorneys.

Qualified candidates will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Provides administrative support to litigation and labor and employment attorneys in the practice of law
  • Assists in preparing for hearings, trials, mediation, arbitration, depositions, meetings, etc. in a fast-paced, high volume litigation practice
  • Maintains, organizes, and manages client files
  • Knowledge of state and federal litigation deadlines - Dockets/calendars deadlines
  • Exercises discretion and maintains information of a confidential nature
  • Experience using a document management system; preferably iManage
  • Ability to E-file in State and Federal court
  • Assist with travel arrangements and process expense reimbursements
  • Maintain attorney calendars
  • Open new client/matter files, request conflict checks
  • Complete check requests / tracking
  • Assist with timekeeping
  • Superior written and communication skills
  • Handles multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Works occasional overtime, as needed
  • Adhere to Firm policies and procedures as outlined in the Firm Handbooks
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Three (3) plus years of recent litigation experience in a law firm; preferably insurance defense
  • Advanced knowledge of the litigation process; rules of procedure; excellent litigation, secretarial, grammar, and proofreading skills
  • High proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment
  • Ability to turn constructive feedback into best practices for future use
  • Ability to adapt to change and new technology
  • Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with co-workers, clients, courts and opposing counsel and be proactive about seeking clarification of ambiguities
  • Ability to read and understand attorney mail and email
  • Ability to work positively within a team environment
  • Typing speed of 65+ words per minute

Thompson Coe offers competitive compensation complemented by a benefits package.

Thompson Coe is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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