The Paralegal assists the Legal Department by working on corporate issues, contractual and lease negotiations, research projects, litigation-management (including collections), trademark applications, employment law matters, regulatory concerns (including permitting), legislative affairs and other similar issues.
- Assist the General Counsel and other legal staff with litigation management, including discovery.
- Prepare contracts, negotiate terms and conditions, and enforce the contract when necessary.
- Review contracts and suggest options more favorable to the company when needed.
- Help advise the Human Resources Department, directors, managers and supervisors on employment issues to ensure compliance with labor laws.
- Review deeds, liens, easements, leases, and other real estate documents.
- Monitor regulatory and legislative activities which may affect business operations or future plans, including activities related to permitting and permit reporting.
- Advise the company on ways to protect its intellectual property rights.
- Ensure the corporate structure is preserved, prepare corporate resolutions, establish new related entities, and communicate with the officers and directors.
- Advise company decision-makers concerning the effects of legal issues on business operations.
- Address other legal or business issues that may arise.
- Perform legal research.
- Meet with employees, outside counsel, government agencies, and others to discuss legal issues.
- Make public presentations.
- Travel to other entities, outside meetings and attend company events.
- May occasionally be asked to participate in social events with vendors or key persons of interest.
- May occasionally assist other corporate services personnel with key non-legal needs of the business.
- File monthly lobby reports.
- Organize, index, file and prioritize information.
- Answer phones and take messages.
- Monitor incoming invoices, process expense reports and reconcile credit card statements.
- Other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- Associate's degree (experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a year-to-year basis)
- Ability to type 60 wpm
- Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite – e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
- Excellent written and verbal communication in English
- Knowledge of filing methods, office practices and procedures
- Proficiency with business English and basic math
- Professional appearance and demeanor
- High level of interpersonal skills
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team of administrative associates
- Experience handling sensitive or confidential information
- Ability to exercise independent judgment and prioritize workload
- Excellent attention to detail
PREFERRED SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS
- Bilingual in English and Spanish
REQUIRED LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS
- Paralegal certification
- Valid Class C driver’s license
- Record of safe driving for the last three years as shown on a current motor vehicle report (MVR), with no serious accidents or traffic violations