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Katten is a firm of first choice for clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services in the United States and abroad. Our nationally recognized practices include corporate, financial services, litigation, real estate, environmental, commercial finance, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property, and trusts and estates. Our more than 700 attorneys serve public and private companies, including a third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals. We provide full-service legal advice from locations across the United States and in London and Shanghai.
Summary for the Securities Litigation Researcher Job Opening
The Securities Litigation Researcher is responsible for providing research and paralegal support to supervising attorneys in all aspects of Securities Litigation. The Securities Litigation Researcher maintains professionalism and strict confidentiality in all client and Firm matters.
This position can be located in either the Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles-Century City, New York or the Washington, D.C. office. Katten is currently working remote at this time. After the office reopens, Katten will offer the opportunity to work from home with occasional office presence required (KattenFlex).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, the following. Other duties may be requested and/or assigned. Essential functions are primary job duties that an individual must be able to perform successfully with or without a reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Research Duties (approximately 60% of position)
Perform complex Securities Litigation research and reference services that include, but are not limited to:
Identify newly filed securities lawsuits and companies that are likely to be sued imminently and identify connections to defendants or potential defendants using internal databases and social media, including LinkedIn;
Case law, statutory and regulatory research;
Locate and pull requested articles, reports, court filings and other documents and materials; locating relevant government reports and filings, including SEC filings;
Compile, monitor and track news, legal, business and legislative developments by creating and maintaining alerts in a variety of databases.
Conduct effective and proactive in-depth reference interviews to clarify the subject, scope and purpose of their request, as well as their desired deliverables and cost and/or time constraints.
Distill, summarize and customize research results in order to meet the specific requirements of the practice group. Provide research results as a clear and concise report of findings, where possible.
Maintain a broad and thorough knowledge of the Firm’s online and print resources; including legal, government, business, scientific and financial information sources and relevant search strategies for each, determining and leveraging the appropriate resources to meet practice group’s time and cost needs.
Strictly comply with and understand Firm policies and procedures, including but not limited to those relating to client and Firm confidentiality and information and data security.
Paralegal Duties (approximately 40% of position): Client billable hour requirement - 680 hours annually (56 client billable hours average per month).
Organize and maintain documentation for large case management matters.
Advise attorneys of status dates and changes.
Monitor databases and coordinate staffing.
Coordinate document retrieval under the supervision of the attorneys.
Maintain familiarity with key witness files.
Assist in the preparation of documents for trial.
Assist with, and attend, trial.
Determine and maintain database needs for large case management.
Perform electronic filings, summarize abstracts and prepare draft pleadings.
Maintain up-to-date time reports to ensure accurate client billing.
Cite check attorney briefs.
Perform file maintenance.
This position has minimum supervisory responsibilities, potentially of project assistants and Paralegal I staff.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Bachelor’s degree and three or more year’s related experience preferably in a law firm environment; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Legal research knowledge and ability to use law library are required. Proficient use of social media, including LinkedIn, required. Paralegal certificate from an ABA accredited paralegal program a plus. Basic knowledge of the stock market and Securities litigation experience a plus.
Computer proficient with experience and working knowledge of Westlaw and other litigation-related databases, Internet research, due diligence, Excel, Outlook and MS Word preferred. Applicable knowledge of methods of legal research, court rules and procedures, litigation terminology and documentation, docketing procedures and bates numbering is preferred. Working knowledge of Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) procedures is also preferred.
Specialized knowledge relating to Securities, including proficiency with Securities-related electronic and print resources such Securities Mosaic/Intelligize, Courthouse News, Saegis, PACER, and other common legal systems.
Substantive discovery and trial experience with state and federal courts.
Proficient in the use and maintenance of Relativity databases, including but not limited to, running and monitoring complex electronic document productions.
Excellent organizational skills including record keeping, data collection and system information. Ability to compile and analyze data and furnish information in report format, written correspondence, e?mail or verbally.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Ability to communicate with courtesy and diplomacy, efficiently follow written and verbal instructions, provide information, and maintain effective relationships with a diverse group of attorneys, clients, staff and outside contacts.
Analytical skills requiring an aptitude for detail and accuracy in order to analyze and research litigation-related data, process information and perform essential duties.
Strong legal research skills including complex legal and business research in a variety of resources, jurisdictions and information types including legal, business, government and financial information sources and knowledge of federal, legislative and regulatory research.
Self-motivated, dynamic, proactive, resourceful individual with the ability to both take direction and work in a collaborative, service-oriented team; and work independently, initiating and carrying projects through to completion, with minimal supervision.
Dependable team player who works collaboratively and cooperatively with others in a team-oriented environment. Ability to act independently and make decisions within scope of the position’s responsibilities.
Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, detail-oriented work environment, adapt to changes in workflow and ensure work is completed within defined deadlines. Proactive with excellent troubleshooting, problem resolution and follow-through skills.
Possess excellent knowledge of reading, writing, grammar, spelling, punctuation, proofreading, and formatting in order to interpret source data, prepare litigation documents and forms, proofread material for grammatical, typographical and spelling errors.
Ability to perform mathematical calculations and apply mathematical concepts when computing, reconciling balances and verifying numerical data on forms and documents.
Ability to operate standard office equipment including computer, laser printer, telephone, photocopier, calculator, scanner, facsimile, etc.
Ability to occasionally retrieve and distribute files, written documentation and copies or office supplies weighing up to 20 pounds.
Work occasionally requires more than 37.5 hours per week (35 hours per week for New York office) to perform the essential duties of the position.
Occasional travel to other Firm locations may be required on short notice.
We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental/vision, 401k with employer contribution; transportation fringe benefit program; back-up care option; generous paid time off policy; and long-term and short-term disability policies.
Katten will consider for employment qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Article 9 to Chapter XVIII of the Los Angeles Municipal Code.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer/AA-M/F/SO/Disability/Veteran.
Katten is a full-service law firm with more than 700 attorneys in locations across the United States and an affiliate in London. We strive to be a firm of first choice for clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services nationally and globally. While Katten offers an extensive range of legal services across numerous industries, our core areas of practice include corporate, financial services, litigation, real estate, commercial finance, intellectual property and trusts and estates. Among our clients are a wide range of public and private companies, including a third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals.
The firm has a uniquely flexible and entrepreneurial culture that fosters partnerships with our clients. Knowing the law is not enough. We understand our clients’ business objectives and address their legal needs in a manner that is consistent with the “big picture.” We have earned a reputation for being trusted business advisors, and we demonstrate our value every day in the successful results we achieve.
Katten further understands the advantage of diversity within the firm, and is consistently honored ...for its diversity program. We value the talents and perspectives of our diverse teams of attorneys, which enhance our ability to successfully serve our clients.
Katten and its attorneys serve the community with the same unwavering dedication, commitment to hard work and legal excellence that they bring to all matters handled by the firm. Through our pro bono program, attorneys and other legal professionals give their time, resources and talent to serve individuals and organizations in need, to engage in important national litigation, and to partner with local legal service providers to ensure access to the justice system.
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