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Banner & Witcoff, Ltd – Legal Research Specialist

Position Title:

Legal Research Specialist

Position Description:

Job Summary: Support the attorneys and legal assistants of Banner & Witcoff (firm-wide) with all research requests. The Legal Research Specialist must quickly evaluate research inquiries to determine the best method and resources to complete the task. Work will include, but not be limited to: high-end legal and non-legal research on U.S. and foreign-based companies, research on legal matters, and other administrative, research duties, and projects as assigned. Interaction with attorneys, staff, business development, and executive professionals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Act as point of contact for research inquiries for both attorney and staff members while providing high level customer and client service via phone, in-person, and email
Perform extensive high-end research on U.S. companies, foreign-based companies, website-based companies, corporate structure, IP litigation history, IP asset history
Perform high-end background information gathering on expert witnesses, judges (all courts including PTAB), inventors
Publication research and retrieval on expert witnesses, listed patent cited art, etc.
Initiate and monitor alerts from various databases and provide client development research support
Assist with literature searches for attorney presentations and written articles
Answer questions from attorneys and staff and escalate when necessary
Conduct in-depth research on legal and non-legal requests using appropriate online and print materials
Keep abreast of developments in research and information science
The above list of duties and responsibilities is in no way a comprehensive list. From time to time, the employee may be required to perform other duties in support of the operation of the office, and as requested by the firm’s attorneys and Executive Director.

Skills and Educational Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree required
Masters degree in library or information science strongly preferred
3 years minimum experience in a law firm or corporate research environment
Strong attention to detail and organizational skills required
Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word and Outlook) required
Well-versed in online research tools including, but not limited to: LexisNexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, IP publications
Exhibits exemplary understanding of USPTO processes to research and monitor development in areas affecting the Firm clients
Excellent business correspondence, grammar, and proofreading skills required
Must possess the ability to quickly learn, retain, and utilize new skills
Efficient and effective communication skills to be used at all levels
Ability to conduct oneself professionally at all times and to handle matters with high level of confidentiality
Must be able to work independently and know when to escalate matters

Banner & Witcoff offers a comprehensive salary and benefit package.

Qualified candidates may apply online by sending a resume and cover letter with salary requirements.


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