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Maritime Law and Litigation Paralegal


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Troutman Sanders LLP recognizes the American Bar Association (ABA) definition of the duties and responsibilities of a paralegal and incorporates it as a basic element of the following description.

A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.


  • Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Perform paralegal duties and responsibilities as directed by group leader and other attorneys in assigned substantive practice group.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational and writing skills.
  • Research, analyze and summarize law sources such as statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, treatises, constitutions, legal codes and law-related information relevant to practice area.
  • Research, investigate, analyze and summarize facts and factual issues relevant to practice area.
  • Receive and follow complex instructions.
  • Draft and prepare legal documents appropriate to practice area.
  • Docket and take appropriate action to monitor and meet deadlines.
  • Establish priorities and work concurrently on a variety of projects.
  • Perform all assignments in strict compliance with ethical guidelines governing the practice of law.
  • Demonstrate good teamwork skills within and among practice groups, offices and firm to facilitate efficient delivery of legal services.
  • Consistently exhibit a high degree of professionalism.
  • Use initiative and discretion in accomplishing routine assignments with minimum supervision.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of law office support personnel as assigned.
  • Participate in the training and professional development of other paralegals in routine practice elements.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Graduation from a four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree, and certificate of completion from a paralegal training program, American Bar Association (ABA) approval preferred.

[Under exceptional circumstances the firm may substitute significant, relevant work experience for educational requirements.]

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