Johnson & Johnson is recruiting for a Litigation Paralegal (Product Liability) to be located in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
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This position is for a paralegal within the Product Liability Litigation Group of the Global Legal Organization of Johnson & Johnson. The primary responsibilities of this position are to consult, assist, and coordinate with in-house counsel on all aspects of product liability case management including: conducting case assessments; responding to third party inquires and subpoenas; overseeing discovery responses, updates, and deadlines; gathering and compiling case materials; drafting and revising correspondence and other litigation documents; interviewing clients for relevant case information; and reviewing invoices and managing litigation costs.
As a Litigation Paralegal, you will report into an Assistant General Counsel, Product Liability Litigation Practice Group, and:
- Act as a liaison between in-house counsel, outside counsel and affiliate companies;
- Assist with case management as described above;
- Manage and evaluate claims under the direction of an attorney;
- Conduct research and resolve routine legal questions under the direction of an attorney;
- Perform diverse and complex legal tasks within specialty area to best serve business needs;
- Provide training and reports relating to specialty area to employees, outside counsel, and third parties;
- Ensure compliance with corporate reporting requirements;
- Identify and coordinate interaction with key players (i.e., witnesses, document custodians, consultants, and experts);
- Educate outside counsel on corporate relationships, product information and company logistics.
- Research parties as needed;
- Accept service of legal documents and ensure that proper service of legal documents has been effected for various corporate entities;
- Recommend and work on improvements to company practices and processes;
- Attend mediations, court conferences and trials;
- Duties specifically relating to discovery include:
- Overseeing collection of records and other information for dissemination to outside counsel;
- Reviewing complaints/subpoenas to identify pertinent document categories to preserve;
- Drafting and issuing document hold notices to proper entities;
- Providing guidance to Records Managers;
- Fielding inquiries from notice recipients;
- Considering privilege issues;
- Ensuring timely responses to discovery/subpoena demands;
- Ensuring appropriate timing for release of hold notices; and
- Ensuring database decommission occurs, when appropriate, as matters are resolved.
- Work with matter management and electronic document systems (LawManager and iManage Systems) to ensure case status and documentation is updated in a timely fashion;
- Analyze outside counsel and vendor bills, ensure adherence by outside counsel to billing and budgeting requirements, and audit outside counsel invoices to identify non-compliance with billing guidelines and enforce reductions;
- Review and monitor case budgets, including analysis of budget vs. spend; and
- Draft and prepare complex legal documents, correspondence and pleadings related to litigation and non-litigation matters.