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Robert Half Legal Assistant in Oakland, California


Robert Half is recruiting a Legal Assistant for the East Bay office of a leading national trial law firm. The Legal Assistant is responsible for administrative support of the firm's busy litigators. This is a wonderful opportunity to work in a friendly office with a very collegial team and do hands-on litigation support on behalf of individual clients and their families.

The following are the responsibilities for the Legal Assistant:

• Open and maintain case files containing client contact information, medical records, case activity, list of court dates, settlement information, etc.;

• Assist with drafting, formatting, and proofreading of court pleadings and discovery requests/responses;

• Prepare correspondence with clients, referring counsel, opposing counsel for attorneys’ signature;

• E-file motions in state and federal trial courts and do service of process on opposing counsel and other parties to the lawsuit;

• Enter court appearances, discovery, and motion due dates into Master Calendar and apprise attorneys of upcoming deadlines;

• Research federal, state, and local courts rules and civil procedure codes to ensure proper filing and docketing timeline for legal documents

The following are the qualifications for the roles:

• 2+ years of legal administrative assistance experience (including in a position such as receptionist, office services admin, or legal secretary);

• Employment at a plaintiff-side tort/personal injury law practice (need for sensitivity and compassion!) is preferred;

• Good word processing skills in MS Word (good formatting skills needed) and proficient with office software; and

• Excellent communication skills, team player but can also work independently, able to work fast under pressure to meet multiple deadlines, and manage numerous tasks for heavy caseload; and

• High attention to detail, very organized, sound decision making and creative problem solving abilities;

This is a direct-hire opportunity. Our well-regarded law firm client pays a base salary of $55,000 - 70,000+/yr, DOE, and FANTASTIC employment benefits (incl. full health insurance coverage for employee and all dependents)! For confidential consideration, please email your resume to Jon Lucchese, Vice President for Permanent Placement Services Practice, at jon.lucchese‹at›roberthalf‹dot›com. Thank you!


  • Conducting routine discovery

  • Organizing and tracking files for important transactions or case documents, including pleadings and voluminous discovery documents; creating and maintaining a case-management database

  • Experience assisting lawyers in preparing for transactional closings, depositions, hearings, trials and conferences; completing many administrative tasks, including, working on individual cases or transactions

  • Prior experience with Litigation Legal Assistant

  • Practical knowledge of Court Rules

  • Asbestos Litigation experience

  • Hands-on experience with plaintiff litigation

  • Deep understanding of service of process

  • State courts experience highly preferred

  • General familiarity with court filing

  • Civil Litigation experience preferred

  • Assist Attorneys experience desired

  • Adeptness in Client Intake

  • Comprehension of legal files

  • Motions experience preferred

  • Good understanding of exhibit lists

  • Legal Documentation experience highly valued

  • Experience with legal research

  • Preparing Pleadings experience required

  • Previous experience working with Law Firm Setting

  • Strong familiarity with Calendar Management

  • Background working with Draft Correspondence

  • Earlier work involving e-Filing

  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer research

  • Civil Procedure experience highly desired

  • Personal Injury Litigation experience desired

  • Drafting legal court documents, such as pleadings, motions, affidavits and subpoenas; transactional documents, such as trusts, wills, contracts and real estate leases; and closing documents

  • 2+ years of previous legal work experience and a dedication to integrity

  • Investigating the factual evidence of a transaction or case and preparing exhibits, charts and diagrams to display information

Become part of this dynamic, growing firm and take the next step in your legal career. We want to hear from any candidates out there who are eager to work in a strong team-oriented environment.

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