ConocoPhillips Paralegal - Tort Litigation & Claims in HOUSTON, Texas

Title: Paralegal - Tort Litigation & Claims

Location: NORTH AMERICA-USA-TEXAS-HOUSTON

Job Number: 00ROW

Our Company

ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent E&P company based on production and proved reserves. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations and activities in 17 countries, $69 billion of total assets, and approximately 11,200 employees as of June 30, 2018. Production excluding Libya averaged 1,216 MBOED for the six months ended June 30, 2018, and proved reserves were 5.0 billion BOE as of Dec. 31, 2017.

Employees across the globe focus on fulfilling our core SPIRIT Values of safety, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork. And we apply the characteristics that define leadership excellence in how we engage each other, collaborate with our teams, and drive the business.

Description:

The Paralegal – Tort Litigation & Claims uses specialized legal knowledge of litigation rules and procedures to assist in management and/or handling of legal matters for the Litigation practice group.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Investigating facts underlying claims and litigation disputes, preparing, pleadings and correspondence, working with outside counsel, experts and fact witnesses, determining types of information/documents needed, and requesting and reviewing relevant documents including service agreements/contracts

  • Managing discovery for multiple litigation matters, including coordinating, developing, and preparing responsive documents

  • Managing the day to day activity, including obtaining and entering Medicare data, for a large toxic tort NORM docket with multiple plaintiffs and a joint defense group

  • Performing necessary legal research and analysis for claims, litigation matters, and other disputes, including internal research of assets

  • Preparing written memoranda and/or other communications regarding recommended case preparation, handling, indemnification, and strategy

  • Reviewing legal documents, such as briefs, pleadings, and affidavits for ultimate approval by in-house attorneys

  • Managing the implementation and in some situations the coordination and assigning of tasks to legal support staff with respect to file maintenance, case management plan updating, docket calendaring, check processing, and routine communications with clients, court clerks, outside counsel, and others

  • Preparing decision trees with input from outside and in-house counsel

  • Preparing budgets with input from outside counsel for review by in-house attorneys

  • Communicating with outside counsel, clients and others as necessary for handling of claims and litigation matters

  • Serving as a backup for in-house attorneys with respect to providing information and status on cases to outside counsel or clients

Qualifications:

Basic/Required:

  • Legally authorized to work in the United States

  • Paralegal certificate or equivalent legal education

  • 10 years of legal experience

Preferred:

  • Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts or Business from an accredited university

  • Thorough working knowledge of and strong hands-on experience in the litigation discovery process, both paper and electronic (including the updated Federal Rules of Discovery)

  • Experience in torts (including toxic torts such as NORM or asbestos) and the oil & gas industry

  • Experience in the insurance industry, particularly managing claims, or handling insurance defense matters

  • Experience with bankruptcy proofs of claim

  • Thorough working knowledge and hands-on experience in litigation generally

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to effectively communicate with internal business clients and outside of the Company with opposing counsel, experts, witnesses and vendors, as well as support staff

  • Ability to work independently within broadly defined objectives without extensive supervision

  • Ability to learn quickly and apply COP policies, procedures, operations and industry practices

  • Comprehensive legal project management skills including analytical, conceptual and problem-solving skills

  • Experience with decision tree risk analysis (TreeAge)

  • Ability to establish professional credibility with a variety of clients and management

  • Technical knowledge of and proficiency in Concordance, Relativity, Atlas and other litigation database applications

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Actively seeks out diverse people and organizations to collectively achieve business goals

  • Analyzes issues and understands their business impact

  • Takes ownership of actions and follows through on commitments

  • Consistently demonstrates high integrity, behaves ethically and follows through on commitments

To be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of December 19, 2018 .

Candidates for this U.S. position must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a) (1). Individuals with temporary visas such as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, L, M, NATO, O, P, Q, R or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization in the United States now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

ConocoPhillips is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other legally protected status.

Job Function: Legal

Job Level: Individual Contributor/Staff Level

Line of Business: GENERAL LITIGATION & CLAIMS

Title: Paralegal - Tort Litigation & Claims