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Raymond James Financial, Inc. Assistant Paralegal, Litigation in St. Petersburg, Florida


Job Summary

Under general supervision, uses specialized knowledge and skills obtained through experience, specialized training and certification to perform a variety of general litigation and regulatory support tasks, including assisting in organizing and analyzing documents and evidence and maintaining case files. May serve as a technical advisor to others. Guidance is provided to perform varied work that is somewhat difficult in nature, requiring some evaluation, originality and ingenuity to make moderately complex decisions. Resolves or recommends solutions to complex problems. Regular contact with internal customers and external providers of legal services is required to identify, research and resolve problems.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide legal support services to attorneys and mentors in the form of basic case research and preparation of legal and business communications.

  • Draft standard legal and business communications in support of attorneys, prepare legal documents and other correspondence both with and without attorney supervision.

  • Perform basic legal research with LexisNexis, WestLaw, and fact gathering.

  • Maintain a library of pre-approved form documents, contract clauses, templates, and historical documents, and add or revise material as needed.

  • Prepare standard letters and reports and help create initial drafts of documents for review.

  • May assist with litigation and dispute resolution.

  • Gather, organize, summarize, index, and maintain documents from various sources;

  • Perform legal research and assist in preparation of presentation materials.

  • Provide general support to attorneys, and assist with other related duties as required.

  • Maintain a library of preapproved documents, contracts and clauses, templates and historical documents and revise material as needed.

  • Create and maintain internal case databases, run searches on internal and external document databases and systems, cull relevant information from a variety of resources.

  • Reviews outside counsel and vendor invoices for discrepancies and approve for

  • Assist in reviewing claims and preparing draft pleadings for review by legal counsel.

  • Gather, organize, summarize and index legal and supporting documentation for internal and external legal counsel.

  • Draft correspondence, discovery requests and responses, settlement agreements, motions, promissory notes, subpoenas and other related documents.

  • Prepare and maintain trail notebooks and documents and may assist legal counsel at hearings and proceedings.

  • Research, compile information and assist in preparing responses to regulatory authorities.

  • Assist in obtaining witness statements.

  • Assist in reviewing outside counsel invoices and tracking actual expenses and comparing to budget.

  • Maintain the on-going status of cases in the case management system.

  • Assist other paralegals, as required.

  • Maintain currency in paralegal practices and methodologies.

  • Operate standard office equipment and uses required software applications.

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Knowledge of

  • Laws, legal codes, precedents, and government regulations.

  • Fundamental business practices and concepts that impact the success and profitability of the firm.

  • Intermediate level concepts, practices and procedures of the paralegal profession.

  • Basic investment concepts, practices and procedures used in the securities industry.

  • Principles of banking and finance and securities industry operations.

  • Financial markets and products.

Skill in

  • Reviewing claims and preparing draft pleadings.

  • Gathering, organizing, summarizing and indexing legal and supporting documentation.

  • Preparing discovery requests and responses, settlement agreements, motions, promissory notes, subpoenas and other related documents.

  • With general supervision, prepare and maintain trial notebooks.

  • Assisting legal counsel at hearings and proceedings.

  • Obtaining witness statements.

  • Maintaining information in an automated case management system.

  • Operating standard office equipment and using required software applications.

Ability to

  • Maintain confidential information.

  • To establish and maintain effective working relationships.

  • Attend mediations and final hearings as deemed necessary by your assigned attorney.

  • Maintain professional currency.

  • Use analytical and critical thinking skills in reading, interpreting, analyzing and applying information from legal documentation and references.

  • Manage multiple tasks with changing priorities to meet deadlines in a fast paced environment with constant interruptions.

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Work independently as well as collaboratively within a team environment.

  • Handle stressful situations and provide a high level of customer service in a calm and professional manner.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others at all organizational levels.

Education/Previous Experience

  • Associates Degree and a minimum of one (1) year of experience in a law firm or legal department in a financial planning, investment management or other financial services environment.

  • OR

  • An equivalent combination of experience, education, and/or training approved by Human Resources.


  • Paralegal certification is preferred.

Travel Required

Travel Required: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Job: Legal

Primary Location: US-FL-St. Petersburg-Saint Petersburg

Organization Legal

Schedule Full-time

Job Shift Day Job

Travel Yes, 5 % of the Time

Req ID: 2300954