Our Practice Services department has an opportunity for a Legal Researcher in our Columbus, Houston, or Atlanta office. The Legal Researcher provides support in a traditional and virtual environment along with Legal Research Services staff in other Firm locations. Primary responsibilities include providing reference and research services to internal attorneys and staff, while also assisting the Legal Research Services Manager with research training preparation and presentation, depending on needs.
Specific duties include the following:
Reference and Research
Provide both quick reference and in-depth research services using a variety of legal and non-legal resources, determining the appropriate resource to use based on time, cost and user need.
Conduct in-depth reference interviews with attorneys in order to clarify the subject, scope and purpose of their request.
Summarize and customize research results in order to meet the specific requirements of the requestor, and report same in centralized research tracking system.
Utilize electronic and print resources to support practice groups across the Firm, with a projected focus on all aspects of litigation, bankruptcy, case law research, legislative histories, and statutory and regulatory research and tracking.
Occasionally assist with competitive intelligence projects by conducting industry and business research and compiling data.
Provide training assistance in use of legal content collection and commercial databases.
Assist Legal Research Services Manager in preparing training classes and associated materials for groups and individuals with differing needs and technological skill levels, potentially focused on training for litigation and bankruptcy practitioners.
Assist summer associates and provide early training in print and online research.
Assist Legal Research Services Manager in creating research and bibliographical tools (collateral, research guides, checklists, etc.) on legal and business topics.
Act as liaison to specific practice groups to determine research needs and develop topical research expertise.
Participate in development of intranet resources, including advising Legal Research Services Manager on content use patterns and practice group needs.
Keep up to date on changes and developments in information resources and develop knowledge of unique search strategies for each.
Test new services and products for possible addition to collection.
Communicate effectively with publishers and other information providers to advance the interests of the firm.
Share with other staff any comments or feedback received from Legal Research Services patrons.
Recognize the value of professional networking and actively participate in professional associations and online communities.
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in library science or equivalent experience and/or J.D. or MLIS a plus. At least 5 years of experience conducting in-depth legal research, including general litigation experience (case law, expert witness research, etc.). Demonstrated interest or experience with legal technology desirable. Law Firm experience also preferred.
Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Outlook and Excel. Strong Internet research skills. Demonstrated ability to use legal and financial research systems. Proven aptitude to learn new software applications.
Interpersonal communication skills necessary to maintain effective relationships with partners, attorneys, clients and staff and to exhibit a high degree of responsiveness, diplomacy and professionalism in these interactions. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from all levels of professional and support staff, clients, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
Demonstrated ability to multi-task and be detail-oriented with strong organizational skills. Strong analytical and communication skills both oral and written. Excellent organizational and planning skills with ability to prioritize multiple tasks and projects to meet deadlines.
A strong client service approach and team orientation. Demonstrate good judgment, tact, and flexibility under pressure in a mixed-matrix environment with many stakeholders and potentially competing priorities. Familiar with the assigned practice groups, industries, and/or geographies.
A tolerance for uncertainty and an ability to prioritize and complete simultaneous projects with minimal supervision and collaborate with other members of the team. Strong project management skills. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with strict deadlines and exercise discretion with confidential and sensitive information. Must be able to perform essential duties of the position with time constraints and interruptions.
About Baker & Hostetler LLP
BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, represents clients around the globe. With offices coast to coast, our more than 940 lawyers litigate cases and resolve disputes that potentially threaten clients’ competitiveness, navigate the laws and regulations that shape the global economy, and help clients develop and close deals that fuel their strategic growth.
We have five core practice groups: Litigation, Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, and Tax. Within these groups are several large specialty practices, including antitrust, bankruptcy, healthcare, energy, middle market mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial litigation, data privacy and security, patent prosecution and international tax. Our attorneys have broad knowledge and experience in many industries, including energy, media, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and insurance, consumer products, and hospitality.
We distinguish ourselves through our commitment to the highest standard of client care. By emphasizing an approach to service delivery as exacting as our legal work, we are determined to surpass our clients’ expectations.
Our firm was founded on three core principles: to... develop and sustain mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with each of its clients; to provide timely, responsive, and high quality legal services; and to be generous with both time and money to the communities where we work. We have consistently nurtured a collegial approach among our lawyers, assuring effective teamwork in handling client work, while maintaining a culture of providing exceptional legal counsel with a clear focus on value. We are committed to the continuous development of our people and of the resources essential to delivering effective and distinctive legal services worldwide.