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Legal Assistant for Patent Group

Job Type: Full time
Company/Firm: Wiley Rein LLP
Location: Washington, DC
Date posted: 10/29/09
Salary: Salary dependent on experience
Job Description:

The Legal Assistant will manage cases and documents, perform factual research and maintain documents and databases in the Patent Group.


  • Works with attorneys on client billable projects meeting the Firm's minimum hours expectations, including but not limited to organization and management of case documents, both written and electronic, maintaining case calendars, research, cite-checking and/or filing of legal briefs and memoranda, preparation of forms and applications.
  • At attorney's direction, may act as a liaison between attorneys and clients by means of written and oral communications.
  • Trains assistants under his/her supervision in procedures and practice for projects.
  • Provides written performance appraisals for assistants and support staff under his/her supervision.
  • At the request of the Director of Legal Support, interviews candidates for Project Assistant positions within the Firm.
  • Other duties as may be assigned by attorneys and/or the Director of Legal Support.




Four year college degree (Science preferred). Preferred paralegal certificate and/or related experience.




Prefer a minimum one-year that may be obtained as a Project Assistant at Wiley Rein LLP or other relevant law-related experience. Applicants for consideration must have acquired skills (see 'SKILLS' below) in order to be eligible for the position. Applicants must have demonstrated proficiency in basic legal assistant skills and have received consistently excellent performance evaluations.

Wiley Rein LLP is a leading law firm nationally widely recognized for excellence, integrity, and efficiency. With offices in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia, the firm has over 270 attorneys practicing in more than two-dozen specialties of law. Wiley Rein offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement, qualified transportation program, a generous retirement plan, fitness center and much more.

Necessary Experience:

Qualifications include strong organizational and strong cite checking skills. Litigation, case management and trial experience required. A background in science is preferred. Candidates must be able to multi-task, coordinate work flow, and meet deadlines. This position requires extreme attention to detail and the ability to build a team with attorneys and co-workers, as well as strong computer (MS Word, Excel, databases) and research skills. Proficiency using case management and trial support software such as Concordance, Summation, IPRO or Trial Director is preferred.


Experience in performing detailed cite-checking, electronic filings, research and data analysis under the supervision of attorneys (e.g. LEXIS/Westlaw, Internet, factual research at government agencies and courts, investigative fact-gathering, etc.); proofreading, familiarity with Court/Agency rules and procedures, case management, including developing document management systems using electronic databases (Concordance, Summation), developing and following coding protocols, digesting and preparing written summaries of materials, preparation of supporting materials for depositions and trial; supervisory and training delegation skills; and consistent demonstration of growth in substantive skills and knowledge of practice area.


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