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Part-Time Associate Attorney

Part Time Associate Attorney
JOB SUMMARY:
Performs various legal duties in support of the Attorney staff. This position requires working knowledge of all court procedures, office procedures, collections procedures, litigation process and transacts the general legal business of Blitt & Gaines, P.C. and it's clients, subject to general supervision.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The focus of this position will be to review new firm placements and pleadings. The incumbent will ensure proper substantiation of claims received from our clients and enter such into our system.
Meaningful attorney review of new collections claims placed in the office.
Review of and signing off on all pleadings printed for filing with the Courts such as Complaints, Garnishments, and Motions.
Drafting of various motions and responses to motions from Defendants and/or Defendant's Counsel.
Prepare and respond to discovery requests with interrogatories, notices to produce documents, requests to admit, and attend depositions for those discovery requests.
Management of both telephonic and written contact with opposing counsel.
Represent firm in a professional capacity. Requires effective interaction with opposing counsel, circuit clerks, judges, and judge's clerks, both on the telephone and in writing.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Juris Doctorate and admittance to Illinois Bar.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIREMENTS:
Knowledge of Illinois court rules, procedures and terminology as well as keep up to date with any changes concerning court proceedings, the scheduling of court dates, or filing legal documents in those counties.
Technical Skills-
Working knowledge of computers, electronic data processing and of modern office practices and procedures. Skilled in operation of phone, personal computer including word processing software, copy machine and fax machine.
Interpersonal Skills-
Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing. Ability to work well with a diverse group of staff, judges, opposing counsel, and circuit court clerks. Ability to use tact, discretion and courtesy when dealing with court officials, opposing counsel, step up attorneys and in-house attorneys.
Accountability-
Ability to work independently and make responsible decisions. Must be able to maintain time lines, meet deadlines, keep accurate records and be detail oriented. Ability to assist and train co-workers on specific job duties. Ability to handle stress, pressure and assigned deadlines.



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