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Washington, DC - Staff - Investigations and Policy Specialist

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Office: Washington, DC
Department: Litigation   
Reports To: Assigned Attorney(s), Litigation Practice Coordinator
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Schedule: Core Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., M-F; additional hours, including weekend availability, expected as required to fulfill responsibilities

General Summary:  

Under general supervision of assigned attorneys and the Litigation Practice Coordinator, and following prescribed practice group, department, office and firm procedures, Investigations and Policy Specialists provide research and paralegal support to attorneys whose practice involves congressional investigations defense work. Investigations and Policy Specialists are assigned to work primarily on specific, politically-sensitive government investigations, to carefully monitor congressional activities and media coverage, and to provide general assistance to a project team of attorneys.  Investigations and Policy Specialists also provide targeted, strategic research and analysis.  In addition, Investigations and Policy Specialists may be asked to provide general supervision of Project Assistants and other clerical staff.  Investigations and Policy Specialists are expected to perform all responsibilities with a commitment to providing superior service to the firm’s clients, attorneys, advisors and staff, and maintaining an atmosphere of teamwork and continuous improvement.  Above all, Investigations and Policy Specialists must fulfill the needs of the practice group and firm in a manner which is consistent with the Firm's visions and values.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Duties are performed throughout every work day, as necessary):

  • Conduct statutory, regulatory or factual research with respect to client matters.  Such research might include investigation of federal or state laws and regulations, relevant markets, corporate participants and industry standards and practices.
  • Monitor news coverage regarding current and potential client matters.
  • Monitor legislative & congressional committee activities, including hearings, press releases, and member statements regarding current and potential client matters.  Draft written summaries of the same for attorney/client review.
  • Participate in due diligence and other reviews of client records and files.
  • Assist with organization of client materials and attorney work product, including use of databases, imaging systems and other computer-based technology.
  • Maintain pleadings files and other case or project records; circulate materials to project team, as needed.  Maintain chronological records of project activity.
  • Arrange filings, mailings and service list deliveries with appropriate courts, government agencies and other parties.
  • Under the supervision of an attorney, draft, edit, cite-check, conform and otherwise assist in the preparation of legal documents.
  • Obtain services from outside contractors, including court reporters, research services, exhibit preparation services, filing services and printers.  Process billing and disbursement paperwork in connection with those services.
  • Act as liaison for the project team with support departments and other offices of the firm, anticipating and assuming responsibility for special staffing needs, such as overtime, clerical and/or notary assistance.

Other Essential Duties (Duties are performed periodically, as necessary):

  • Travel, as required by the Practice and/or client.
  • As requested by the Director of Paralegals, local office Paralegal Coordinator or assigned attorneys, coordinate work of paralegals and/or project assistants or clerical team members.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to read, write and speak English; superior writing skills expected
  • Substantive knowledge of and familiarity with specific areas of law, legislative process, and politics
  • Prior experience in political, legislative, or Executive Branch setting desirable but not required
  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • Thorough knowledge of MS Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate potentially detailed and complex information to others
  • Aptitude and willingness to work with complex procedures
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, including the ability to organize self and others
  • Demonstrated strong attention to detail
  • Ability to read, comprehend and follow instructions
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and adjust to changing priorities in a professional manner
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Willingness and ability to assume new tasks and responsibilities
  • Strong service orientation, and an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with users, peers, office and firm management, and outside business partners
  • Ability to work well under pressure, facilitate solutions, and meet deadlines and milestones for projects assigned
  • Commitment to the office and firm
  • Commitment to professional growth and development

Educational Requirements:

  • BA/BS degree required

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