Litigation Services Staff Attorney in Washington, DC

Latham & Watkins   •  

Washington, DC 20001

Industry: Legal & Accounting

  •  

Less than 5 years

Posted 55 days ago

Job Description

Latham & Watkins, a global law firm consistently ranked among the top firms in the world, is currently seeking an Litigation Services Attorney to join our winning team, located in Washington, D.C. The success of our firm is largely determined by our commitment to hire and develop the very best and brightest, creating a team that provides our clients with the highest quality of work and service. We are driven by our core values: respect, innovation and collaboration.


The Litigation Services Attorney will receive a generous total compensation package. Bonuses are awarded in recognition of individual and firm performance. Eligible employees can participate in Latham's comprehensive benefit program including healthcare, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401k plan, and more! In addition, employees receive 10 paid holidays per year, and a PTO program that accrues 23 days during the first year of employment and grows with tenure.


As a Litigation Services Attorney at Latham, you will be responsible for providing high level legal analysis with respect to complex procedural and strategic issues in state and federal court, reviewing filings as to form and procedural content, preparing procedural road maps for upcoming court filings, and advising members of the Litigation & Trial Department on all matters of court rules, civil procedure, filing protocol, and the calculation of deadlines. The Litigation Services Attorney will assist in reviewing, approving, serving, and transmitting filings to courts and government agencies, calculating and calendaring all applicable deadlines, performing legal research and analysis in a wide range of jurisdictions, and leveraging technology to streamline the monitoring and distribution of court filings. The Litigation Services Attorney also will also assist with mentoring and training new attorneys and staff, while accomplishing these and other critical functions:

  • Filing responsibilities may consist of maintaining an awareness through the case calendar and other means of upcoming filing deadlines, communicating the deadlines to the litigation team in advance, assists the Litigation Services Supervising Attorney in coordinating the staff and resources needed for timely filing, confirming confidential material has been redacted, reviewing the filing for both content and format compliance with court rules, recommending corrections to the responsible attorneys, submitting a correct filing to the court, and completing the process with the distribution of courtesy copies, communications to the litigation team and other procedures.
  • Coordinates and performs calendaring functions, which may include some or all of the following: maintains a calendar of litigation deadlines for all contested matters utilizing a firm-approved calendaring program, and regularly communicates deadlines to firm-wide litigation teams using the best available means. Prepares additional calendar reports upon request. Adheres to firm wide best practices in calendaring.
  • Coordinates and performs court services functions, which may include some or all of the following: researching and retrieval of court documents in paper and electronic databases; reviewing and filing of client and Firm court documents in paper and electronic form; and coordinating the use of process servers for the office.
  • Conducts judicial research to develop profiles and analytics on specific judges, including the review of transcripts.
  • Prepares procedural roadmaps to guide attorneys through complicated court filings.
  • Maintains familiarity with e-filing procedures and vendors for all courts relevant for the office's litigation practice; arranges for e-filing training for Litigation Services staff, and participates in the e-filing process at the request of attorneys.
  • Provides advice to litigation attorneys regarding forms of pleadings and interpretation of court rules in local and remote jurisdictions.
  • Receives service of subpoenas, researches proper recipients, and coordinates with the L&W Subpoena Intake staff for proper handling and disposition of the subpoena.
  • Coordinates court admissions for the office, communicating to attorneys and secretaries, directing the data collection and verification process, and establishing workflows for addressing incoming and departing attorney's admissions.
  • Reviews daily court filing alerts for client and business development purposes; compiles a daily email notice of new filings.
  • Uses Westlaw, LexisNexis, CourtLink, Lex Machina, and other research platforms to provide high level legal research with respect to procedural and strategic issues across many jurisdictions.
  • Researches and communicates new developments concerning court rules and procedures
  • Drafts court forms and routine documents such as Notices of Appearance, Notices of Substitution and Applications for Admission Pro Hac Vice.
  • Obtains rules and forms, both in print and online. Communicates with court clerk offices when necessary to confirm current rules and procedures.
  • Works with firm-wide Litigation Services to develop and present attorney and staff training programs. Participates in orientation of new local office attorneys and staff.
  • Coordinates with other areas and departments of the firm where overlap exists to develop efficient procedures and communications which streamline processes and satisfy various department needs.
  • Completing special projects on various issues as needed.
  • Promoting effective work practices, working as a team member, and showing respect for co-workers.

As a Litigation Services Attorney, you will be expected to apply your organizational and communication skills while displaying a positive, high-energy attitude. The successful Litigation Services Attorney must have advanced knowledge of applicable court rules and procedures, and be able to apply court rules in multiple jurisdictions quickly, efficiently, and in a manner which instills confidence and ensures risk management. The ideal candidate will have the ability to articulate complex court rules and calendaring issues in a comprehensible, accurate, confident, and concise manner, as well as the analytical skills needed to correctly comprehend and convey complex legal principles. The Litigation Services Attorney must have well-developed and professional interpersonal skills, high-level customer service skills, strong project management and organizational skills, and the ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with the appropriate discretion. The successful candidate will have proficiency with CompuLaw and/or MA3000, with PC applications including MS Office, and with Westlaw and Lexis, in order to research complex procedural issues. The Litigation Services Attorney must have proven leadership skills. Knowledge of PTAB/IPR filings and procedures is desirable.


A J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school is required, as well as DC bar eligible. A minimum of three (3) years of experience as a practicing litigation attorney and/or attorney in a Docket/Calendar/Litigation Services/Managing Attorney's Office environment desired. Working with a flexible or later schedule is a plus.


Valid Through: 2019-11-12