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Litigation Paralegal

Dallas

Thompson Coe is looking for an experienced personal injury litigation paralegal to join our Dallas 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 personal injury defense and construction litigation docket. The qualified candidate will utilize a high level of job expertise to complete paralegal tasks under the supervision of case attorneys. Must be able to exercise independent judgment and decision making. Experience organizing and managing complex files and discovery is required. Ability to work in a cooperative and positive manner with all coworkers, clients, attorneys and non-attorney staff and observe confidentiality in all matters relating to the Firm.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Reviews, organizes and summarizes case documents in order to assist in preparation of case for trial.
  • Reviews records to determine what information is needed for cases.
  • Draft routine pleadings, motions, notices, affidavits, memoranda, and correspondence. Organize and prepare exhibits, documents, and evidence.
  • Perform legal research and social media searches.
  • Prepare and summarize discovery.
  • Order and summarize medical records.
  • Reviews and analyzes matters for the purpose of preparing matter evaluations and status reports to clients. Communicate with clients, attorneys, staff, experts, 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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ recent law firm litigation paralegal experience, with State court and Federal litigation experience
  • Four-year Bachelor's degree and/or two-year ABA approved Paralegal certificate ideal but not required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite to include PowerPoint, Excel and Adobe Pro
  • Knowledge of evidentiary and procedural rules
  • Candidate must have helped prepare for and assisted through trial at least five times
  • Ability to consistently meet deadlines while managing multiple projects with competing priorities along with attention to detail
  • Positive attitude and exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills required for daily interaction with clients, opposing counsel and mediators
  • Ability to exercise discretion, good judgment, and poise in handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness; look for ways to improve and promote quality.
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Senior Paralegal

Houston

Thompson Coe is looking for an experienced civil litigation paralegal to join our Houston 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 Insurance Defense docket.

Thompson Coe is looking for an experienced civil litigation paralegal to join our Houston 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 Insurance Defense docket.

The qualified candidate will utilize a high level of job expertise to complete paralegal tasks under the supervision of case attorneys. Must be able to exercise independent judgment and decision making. Experience organizing and managing complex files and discovery is required. Ability to work in a cooperative and positive manner with all coworkers, clients, attorneys and non-attorney staff and observe confidentiality in all matters relating to the Firm.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Reviews, organizes and summarizes case documents in order to assist in preparation of case for trial.
  • Reviews records to determine what information is needed for cases.
  • Draft routine notices, affidavits, memoranda, and correspondence.
  • Prepare discovery.
  • Order and summarize medical records.
  • 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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ recent law firm litigation paralegal experience, with State court and Federal litigation experience
  • Four-year Bachelor's degree and/or two-year ABA approved Paralegal certificate ideal but not required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite to include PowerPoint, Excel and Adobe Pro
  • Ability to consistently meet deadlines while managing multiple projects with competing priorities
  • Positive attitude and exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills required for daily interaction with clients, opposing counsel and mediators
  • Ability to exercise discretion, good judgment, and poise in handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness; look for ways to improve and promote quality.
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Civil Litigation/Casualty

Austin

The Austin office of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons seeks a Texas-licensed attorney with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in litigating personal injury cases or a related practice area. 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. 

Civil Litigation/Insurance Defense

Austin

The Austin office of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons seeks a Texas-licensed attorney with 3-5 years of civil litigation/insurance defense experience.  

Strong litigation skills are required, including experience handling depositions, hearings, and trials.  Excellent advocacy and writing skills are necessary.  Applicants should be receptive to partner direction, but capable of managing a case without significant oversight.

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Civil Litigation Associate

Austin

The Austin office of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP seeks a Texas-Licensed attorney with 2-6 years of civil litigation experience.  

The Austin office of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP seeks a Texas-Licensed attorney with 2-6 years of civil litigation experience.  This position principally involves defense of Labor and employment and commercial matters.  Strong litigation skills are a must, including experience handling depositions, hearings and trials.  Excellent advocacy and writing skills are necessary.  Applicants should be receptive to partner direction, but capable of managing a case without significant oversight.

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Attorney - Casualty Section - Dallas, Texas

Dallas

Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP seeks a 4-6 year Litigation Associate for the Dallas office. 

4-6 year Casualty Associate - Dallas Office
Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP seeks a 4-6 year Litigation Associate for the Dallas office. This position is specifically focused on legal research and writing, motion practice and briefing. It will require some handling of smaller to midsized casualty litigation matters on behalf of major insurers, including commercial automobile, premises liability, products liability, and construction defect claims, but research and writing is the skill most desired. Writing skills are a must. Writing samples need be submitted. Experience handling depositions, hearings and small trials a plus. Zero expectation for client management or business development for this lifestyle friendly post.

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3-7 year Casualty Litigation Associate Attorney

Houston

Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons has three openings for 3-7 year Casualty Litigation Associate Attorneys for our Houston, TX office. These positions principally involve handling casualty litigation matters, including commercial automobile, energy, premises liability, products liability, and construction defect claims. Candidates should have experience with client contact, motion practice, depositions, and hearings. Excellent advocacy and writing skills are required. Insurance litigation firm experience preferred.

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.

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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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.

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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