Research Librarian

Reed Smith   •  

Pittsburgh, PA

Industry: Legal Services


Not Specified years

Posted 422 days ago

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Firm Information

Reed Smith is a global relationship law firm with more than 1,700 lawyers in 27 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Founded in 1877, the firm represents leading international businesses, from Fortune 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises. Its lawyers provide litigation and other dispute resolution services in multi-jurisdictional and other high-stakes matters; deliver regulatory counsel; and execute the full range of strategic domestic and cross-border transactions. Reed Smith is a preeminent advisor to industries including financial services, life sciences, health care, advertising, entertainment and media, shipping and transport, energy and natural resources, real estate, manufacturing, technology, and education. For more information, visit

Position Summary

The Research Librarian is responsible for providing research solutions to attorneys and staff both on-site and remotely ( i.e. providing support to other offices), on a time critical basis. The librarian works with colleagues throughout the firm, using traditional and online resources to respond to these requests. This position would operation on a 9:00 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m. schedule.

Essential Functions

  • Conducts in-depth legal and business research individually and in a team environment for attorneys, paralegals and staff throughout all offices of the Firm.

  • Interprets inquiries and recommends appropriate tools for a given project, based on client needs, the nature of the research and coverage of the resource.

  • Master skill level with legal research systems and uses cost-effective methods to conduct complex legal research in a timely manner.

  • Develops expertise by specializing in one or two areas of practice specific legal research.

  • Creates and delivers professional-quality research education sessions for lawyers and staff on a regular basis.

  • Records and reports research projects and time using InTapp and RefTracker in a manner that meets deadlines, provides meaningful ROI information and assists the Firm in cost recovery.

  • Assists in orientation of new attorneys to library services, procedures and policies.

  • Collaborates with Research Services Librarians, Specialists and/or Research Services Manager on special projects.

  • On occasion will be required to work West Coast business hours.

  • Miscellaneous duties and projects as required.


Education: M.L.S. or J.D. from accredited institution; equivalent experience considered.

Experience: Working knowledge of corporate/law firm environment is preferred. Preference also for candidates with commercial litigation, labor & employment, and corporate / securities research experience.

Skills: Proficiency with searching Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, Capital IQ, Securities Mosaic, ECF/Pacer, CCH Cheetah, MonitorSuite, BNA, Accurint and MS Office applications. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work with individuals at all organizational levels. Must be flexible and able to effectively manage multiple priorities, and adapt to constantly changing priorities.


Equipment To Be Used:  Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, calculator, fax, machine, copier, scanner, etc.

Typical Physical Demands: Manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office equipment.

Typical Mental Demands: Able to deal with stress associated with fast-paced work environment.  Multiple priorities/tasks.  Make judgment decisions and adapt to changing work situations.  Grasp and apply new ideas.  Communicate with various personalities at all levels.

Working Conditions: Occasionally called upon to work hours in excess of 40 in a given work week. Works in a typical office setting.  Position requires the successful applicant to commute and work from the Reed Smith office.