Employment Litigation Paralegal | Class Action & Wage & Hour
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is looking for an Employment Litigation Paralegal to join our team in our Los Angeles office.
As an Employment Litigation Paralegal, you will play a critical role in the legal practice, providing a comprehensive range of support to attorneys and case teams on medium to large employment litigation matters, primarily wage & hour class action and PAGA representative action litigation, and to oversee the work of associated legal secretaries, administrative staff, clerks, and/or temporary employees in the performance of client-related tasks.
We offer a hybrid work engagement with two days of remote work, and three days in-office.
At Davis Wright Tremaine, you will find challenging assignments, opportunities for professional growth and community involvement, and a culture of inclusion. DWT fosters inclusiveness and authenticity. Regardless of position, everyone here has a voice and the support is unparalleled.
- Coordinate with attorneys, clients, and co-counsel to maintain efficient case flow.
- Prepare, revise, cite-check, and file court documents, including pleadings, motions, and discovery requests.
- Perform in-depth analysis of payroll and time records.
- Assist in the preparation of exposure models for attorney and/or client to determine potential wage and hour claim results.
- Assist with complex motions, such as opposing class certification.
- Prepare liability to exposure summaries, timelines and status updates to keep both the lawyer and client apprised of all developments.
- Manage multiple cases from start through resolution.
- Perform complex fact research and analysis; retrieve and review documents from clients, other parties, and outside sources such as the Internet, public agencies, courts or libraries, and case, statutory and/or regulatory law; prepare memoranda or summaries documenting research
- Extensive document management, including gathering, indexing, reviewing, analyzing and producing documents and data in various electronic formats.
- Prepare, quality control, and maintain employee-related data for duration of litigation.
- Request and summarize third party documents, including, but not limited to employment and medical records.
- Review and analyze case documents for production (including privilege review and preparation of privilege logs).
- Review and code electronic e-mails and case documents in Relativity.
- Assist attorneys with preparation for depositions, mediations, briefs and trial preparation: assist with pretrial documents (deposition designations, exhibit and witness list, organize exhibits, files and other supporting documents.
- Assist during trial: manage exhibits, coordinating witnesses, in addition to assisting with case presentation during trial and any other duties associated with trial.
- Proactively serve as the focal point for litigation team communications and centralized repository for information on project assignments and status.
- Work with secretaries and docketing personnel to ensure that both calendar systems contain accurate and current information Draft routine legal documents, including but not limited to, deposition notices, witness and exhibit lists.
- Draft and issue subpoenas for records depositions, witness depositions and attendance at trial.
- Oversee creation, indexing, and continued maintenance of complex case files and document collections.
- Stay current with changes in class action laws and regulations.
- Bachelor’s degree and completion of paralegal program of study.
- 7+ years of paralegal experience, in particular working in a labor and employment practice including wage and hour Class Action/PAGA matters.
- Strong knowledge of class action procedures and rules for litigating California wage-hour class actions in state and federal court, including, but not limited to Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) matters and filing procedures.
- Experience handling investigations before the U.S. Department of Labor, the California Department of Industrial Relations, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, EEOC and other state and local human rights agencies.
- Experience assisting with large-scale witness interviews and associated declarations.
- Experience assisting with opposing class certification involving large classes.
- Highly developed skills in time and task management.
- Highly developed attention to detail in striving for perfection in the firm’s work product and client service.
- Written communications that are concise and accurate.
- Experience communicating with clients and vendors.
- Exhibit confidence and professional verbal communication skills.
- Advanced proficiency in using all Microsoft Office computerized business applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams) for the creation and editing of complex documents, spreadsheets, and e-mail.
- Proficiency in using computerized legal research and document retention databases, like LexisNexis and Westlaw for performance of legal and fact research.
- Proficiency in eDiscovery platforms, i.e., Relativity, for effective management of complex evidence and case files.
- Proficiency in utilizing trial presentation software such as Trial Director or OnCue a plus.
- Proficiency in using Document Management Systems, expense and billing systems also a plus.
Who We Are
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is an AmLaw 100 law firm with 11 offices nationwide. We are relentlessly committed to client service and look for candidates who share that commitment. At DWT, client service means having empathy for each client’s and each lawyer’s work and personal pressures, business objectives, and legal needs; anticipating their needs; and having the capabilities and commitment to deliver what matters most to them.
What’s in it For You?
DWT offers competitive compensation in addition to ample benefits including but not limited to:
- Choice of health and vision insurance plans
- 2 paid volunteer days for qualifying community service work
- Dental plan
- Fertility and adoption benefit
- Paid sabbatical after 13 years of service
- Tuition reimbursement
- Commuter benefits
- Retirement contribution
This job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.
The annualized salary range for this position in Los Angeles is $113,000 to $143,500 ($57.35 - $73.59 hourly). Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience and other job-related factors permitted by law. Full time employees may be eligible for a bonus, health insurance with an optional HSA, long term disability, dental insurance, vision care, telemedicine and virtual short term solution based counseling services, life insurance, Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts, subsidized backup care and caregiving resources, 401(k), vacation, sick time, and an employee assistance program. Additional voluntary programs include: voluntary accident insurance, voluntary life, voluntary disability, voluntary long term care, and pet insurance. Commuter and Transit programs are also available.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP embraces diversity, equity and inclusion. It brings out the best of what each individual has to offer and inspires us to build strong and lasting connections with each other, our clients, and our communities.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of the fabric of Davis Wright Tremaine-central to who we are and what we do. Our vision is to foster a culture where all talented individuals-including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession-can have, and can see, a path to success. In order to support this vision, we request that you voluntarily provide the following demographic data. All self-reported demographic information is stored securely in a manner that is compliant with DWT’s privacy and security policies and is only accessible by authorized members of the Talent Acquisition and HR Departments; it is not shared with any of the hiring decision-makers.
Davis Wright Tremaine provides reasonable accommodations for those who need them to complete the application or recruiting process and for employees who need reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their positions due to a disability or for religious reasons. If you need to request accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.