Job #: 2826 Exp.: 3+ Years
Latham & Watkins, a global law firm consistently ranked among the top firms in the world, is currently seeking an eDiscovery Lead Attorney – Litigation Services to join our winning team, located in Boston. The success of our firm is largely determined by our commitment to hire and develop the very best and brightest, creating a team that provides our clients with the highest quality of work and service. We are driven by our core values: respect, innovation and collaboration.
The eDiscovery Lead Attorney – Litigation Services will receive a generous total compensation package. Bonuses are awarded in recognition of individual and firm performance. Eligible employees can participate in Latham's comprehensive benefit program including healthcare, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401k plan, and more! In addition, employees receive 10 paid holidays per year, and a PTO program that accrues 23 days during the first year of employment and grows with tenure. As an eDiscovery Lead Attorney – Litigation Services at Latham, you will participate in the full range of functions of the Litigation Services Department, including extensive legal research and writing regarding litigation procedures and strategy across a range of jurisdictions. In addition, you will be responsible for providing electronic discovery legal consulting and education services to attorneys, clients and staff of the Firm. Specifically, you will advise the attorneys regarding our clients’ legal obligations to identify, preserve, collect and produce documents and electronically stored information (ESI). The eDiscovery Lead Attorney also provides strategic consulting on legal issues related to discovery law and cross-border data privacy, as well as training and educational services on these topics. Finally, he or she prepares and maintains work product related to discovery, while accomplishing these and other critical functions:
Using Westlaw, Lexis Nexis, Courtlink, and other research platforms to provide high-level legal research with respect to procedural and eDiscovery-related issues across many jurisdictions.
Serving as a resource for strategic legal analysis relating to general litigation procedure and eDiscovery (including foreign discovery and privacy issues), remaining abreast of legal trends to ensure comprehensive and current guidance to attorneys, clients, and staff.
Reviewing court filings to ensure compliance with all applicable rules; serving and filing finalized papers where applicable.
In conjunction with the Practice Support Services team, developing and maintaining firm-wide eDiscovery best practices, including compilation and updating of templates and educational manuals.
Attending conferences, seminars, and Continuing Legal Education courses to remain current in case law and industry developments.
Educating attorneys and staff on the importance of effective eDiscovery strategies and publicizing significant changes in the law as developments arise.
Consulting on data privacy issues as related to eDiscovery and involving other firm resources as needed to provide legal guidance for cross border matters.
In conjunction with the Practice Support Services team, assisting legal teams in preparation for early meetings of counsel and other meet and confer sessions.
Advising attorneys regarding the reasonability of discovery demands made by opposing parties and reviewing ESI protocol.
Assisting attorneys in pursuing discovery from opposing parties; advising in the formulation of discovery and potentially assisting in any motions necessary to compel compliance.
Understanding the legal issues of a case in order to assist with the preparation of instructional materials for the legal team.
Identifying risk factors affecting the discovery process and consulting on firm-wide procedures to minimize firm liability.
Communicating and explaining legal concepts to staff to ensure correct discovery processes are followed.
Developing and maintaining a repository of documentation that can be used by case teams as templates for legal hold notices, ESI agreements, clawback agreements and other related discovery documents.
Promoting effective work practices, collaborating effectively with colleagues in the Litigation Services team and Practice Support Services and showing respect for co-workers.
As an eDiscovery Lead Attorney – Litigation Services, you will be expected to have the strong organizational skills needed to manage time well, prioritize effectively, and handle multiple deadlines. The ideal candidate will possess excellent leadership skills—such as planning, problem-solving, and decision-making—necessary for effective supervision, in conjunction with the ability to work in a team environment with a customer service focus. The eDiscovery Lead Attorney – Litigation Services is expected to have strong communication skills, both written and oral, in order to effectively communicate complex rules and protocol in a comprehensible, accurate, confident, and concise manner. The candidate should have a demonstrated ability to think creatively and provide strategic support to senior management. Success in this role is contingent on possessing extensive legal research and analytical skills, including use of Westlaw and Lexis, in addition to document management systems such as Interwoven, etc. This role requires knowledge and proficiency in a wide variety of software programs, including Microsoft Office suite and Windows Operating Systems. You should have extensive knowledge of the concepts, principles, management, and processing of ESI as they relate to legal matters, including the use of various ESI management and review tools and applications. The eDiscovery Lead Attorney – Litigation Services will handle confidential and sensitive information with the appropriate discretion.
This role requires extensive time using a computer, including use of a PC keyboard and mouse or similar data input devices.
This role requires occasional travel.
A JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school and admission to at least one US State Bar is required.
Three (3) years’ litigation or related practice experience is desired. One (1) year of managing large electronic document reviews and productions is required. Experience with litigation response and electronic discovery or records management issues is desired. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ link.
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