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Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo is a full-service law firm with over 170 attorneys in nine California offices. We look for attorneys and other professionals of the highest caliber.  

Our Culture
We are proud to offer attorneys and staff a productive working environment which promotes teamwork throughout the firm. Attorneys can expect a challenging and fulfilling legal practice. Managers, paralegals, secretaries, and other staff members also take on challenging roles and are integral in delivering outstanding service to our clients.

We are widely recognized as one of the most diverse and inclusive law firms in the country. In May 2017, Chambers USA honored the firm as one of the five Most Inclusive Firms for Minority Women Lawyers nationwide. In March 2017, AALRR was awarded Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.’s (ABC) National Diversity Excellence Award for the third time in the Associate category. In May 2016, Law360 ranked AALRR as the second best law firm in the country for minority equity partners and the ninth best in the country for minority attorneys in general.

Many of our attorneys and staff spend their entire careers at AALRR. Our retention rates are much higher than average—our associate retention rate alone is over 90 percent. Here are some reasons why:

  • We fully embrace our “culture of congeniality.” AALRR prioritizes teamwork, inclusivity, and a good-natured sense of community at every level. Our attorneys help each other grow their practices through cross-marketing, mentoring, and other means.
  • Our firm actively encourages involvement in the community at large. Many of our attorneys are also law professors, State Bar committee members, and pro bono providers.
  • To work at AALRR is to be surrounded by talent. Many of our attorneys have been named to nationwide “Best Of” lists, including Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.
  • Our large marketing staff is dedicated to promoting AALRR and individual attorneys to new clients across the state and to keeping our current clients satisfied. We hold over 400 events annually, offer numerous opportunities for attorneys to present at conferences and other events, and regularly nominate our attorneys for recognition in both statewide and nationwide publications.
  • AALRR attorneys and staff enjoy an excellent working environment. We build offices where our attorneys and clients live, reducing commutes and avoiding steep rents. We have one of the best profit-sharing plans in California and continually develop new ways to keep our people satisfied. 

Professional Staff

We are proud of the high caliber of our staff members who are responsible for the daily management of the firm. We look for well qualified professionals in the areas of administration, paralegal, secretarial, accounting, human resources, marketing, library, and facilities.

The following positions are currently available:

Litigation Paralegal - Cerritos

Overall Purpose: The primary responsibility of this position is to support the attorneys and legal professionals in using litigation support technologies and best practices to deliver the highest quality client services.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Manage assigned cases and their related tasks and projects
  • Perform full range of litigation paralegal tasks from case inception through discovery process, trial, post-trial proceedings and case closure
  • Conduct background checks of all parties, including clients if needed (background checks include, but not limited to, criminal, litigation history, bankruptcy, and social media).
  • Prepare and submit Public Records Act and Freedom of Information Act requests
  • Assist in propounding discovery, prepare responses to discovery requests; assist attorneys with document production; prepare and review case files, discovery and trial documents in all phases of case management
  • Research and investigation to locate witnesses for depositions and trials
  • Prepare deposition subpoenas and notices to consumer for production of business records and send out for service
  • Review and summarize initial discovery responses such as form interrogatories, special interrogatories and requests for production of documents
  • Assist with preparation of meet and confer letter if necessary and remind attorneys of deadline to file any motions to compel
  • May have to attend depositions with attorneys and document reviews and productions
  • Prepare index of subpoenaed records with production dates and keep track of incoming documents pursuant to subpoenaed requests
  • Prepare depositions notices and subpoenas and send out for service; search and review documents and prepare exhibits to be used at depositions
  • Review and summarize deposition transcripts;; assemble and index deposition exhibits for reproduction and for use at trial;
  • Ability to locate expert witnesses for trial, discuss matter, obtain their availability and forward documents to expert for review, obtain the curriculum vitae (CC) and fee schedule
  • Prepare Demand for Exchange of Expert Witness Reports and Documents;
  • Prepare Response to Demand for Exchange of Expert Witness Designation with CV and fee schedule obtained from expert witness
  • Review and summarize all subpoenaed medical records upon receipt.
  • Prepare trial documents such as witness list, exhibit lists, jury instructions, trial subpoenas and on-call letters and anything requested by the attorney.  May also need to schedule in house meetings with prospective witnesses and clients
  • Assist with selection of documents for witness interviews and prepare and maintain witness folders throughout litigation process
  • Prepare and maintain trial binders for attorney use and prepare and maintain multiple sets of exhibit binders for trial; Draft pleadings such as declarations for motions for summary judgment and other motions; prepare separate statement in support of motion for summary judgment; prepare compendiums of evidence and declarations in support of motion for summary judgment
  • Create Casemap file and update it with all available information, including, but not limited to, witness information, pleadings, discovery and hearings/events, Link adobe images of documents to CaseMap for each file and work with IT Litigation Support Paralegal in PELE department regarding preservation of all client documents in database appropriate for anticipated volume of documents
  • Work with IT Litigation support Paralegal in PELE and download all documents receive from client into Eclipse (IPro) for review and anticipated production of documents and bate stamping
  • Prepare database of all discovery produced, deposition transcripts, written documents, expert witness information, etc., for easy access by handling attorneys
  • Travel and set up war-rooms and court AV setups; attend trials or other legal proceedings to provide presentation or other technical support services
  • Develop and retain relationships with vendors. Work with IT Paralegal in PELE department regarding on recommendations, procedures scanning, coding or e-discovery processing

Litigation PreDiscovery:

  • Work with IT Litigation Support Paralegal in PELE to create cases to store scanned documents, imported images, and imported electronic discovery
  • Work with IT Litigation Support Paralegal in PELE to Review and Process electronic discovery in Eclipse (IPro) by extracting e-docs and/or email and their attachments, metadata and text
  • Have IT Litigation Support Paralegal Assign custodians at a batch or source level
  • De-duplicate files on a global or custodian level
  • Convert native files to adobe format or print to paper
  • Review, flag and cull records through the use of grid displays and tag fields
  • Invoke batch processes such as Bates numbering, endorsing, OCR (Optical Character Recognition), printing
  • Perform optional coding of fields in addition to the default EDLoader fields
  • Export native files and/or images, coded data, and text to the desired litigation support application

5 Key Processes to LAW or similar type e-Discovery software:

  • Case Setup:  Creating the case is the first process in LAW.  In this process you build the database to which documents are added and reviewed. 
  • Acquiring Documents:  Includes IT Litigation Support Paralegal processing documents from CD, DVD or flash drive to electronic format, import existing images received from outside sources and importing electronic discovery.   Once loaded other processes are performed related to the scope of the project. 
  • Quality Control/Reviewing/Culling:  Once imported into LAW, records are reviewed.  The review process may be as simple as verifying errors, warnings, suspected file extensions and duplicate files.  More advanced forms of review may involve the process of filtering, searching and tagging. 
  • Batch Processing:  The processing of large amounts of data or records in a single batch.   Functions may include numbering, image cleanup, endorsing, file conversion, native file printing and OCR.  The processes performed are based on the specifications of the project.
  • Exporting:  The process of copying data out of LAW and importing to other applications (i.e. Summation and Concordance).

Other Duties:

  • Enter, complete and release time on a daily basis
  • Ensure billable hours requirement is met
  • Proactively work with your assigned attorneys to seek out additional work, when necessary
  • All other duties as required

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Paralegal Certificate required; Bachelor’s Degree, preferred
  • 5+ years of litigation paralegal law firm experience, preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of e-discovery case management experience
  • Advanced knowledge of LiveNote, CaseMap, Excel and PowerPoint, required
  • Excellent proofreading skills
  • Excellent typing skills and knowledge of word and working within adobe documents
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize workload and work effectively under pressure
  • Interpersonal skills to effectively communicate and follow instructions from a diverse group of attorneys in a professional and businesslike manner
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Excellent client service
  • Ability to research and analyze larges amounts of data   

Physical Demand:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will:
  • Stand/walk frequently during their scheduled shift
  • See well enough to read/compose reports and use the computer
  • Hear well enough to communicate with clients, coworkers and outside vendors
  • Climb, stoop, and kneel rarely
  • Use fine finger manipulation including writing, typing and using the phone system
  • Be able to drive to/from outside meetings with clients, attorneys and vendors from time to time
  • Overtime required and frequent, especially during crunch projects and/or trial preparation

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to normal office working conditions. The noise level in the work environment is moderate.

E-mail resume, cover letter, and salary history to: hiring@aalrr.com

Ed Law Legal Secretary - Irvine

Overall Purpose:
Provides secretarial support to attorneys, paralegals and administrative management of the firm.  Maintains positive communications with clients, attorneys and staff.  Observes confidentiality of client matters.  Follows policies and procedures of the firm.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Knowledge and ability to file court documents in various State courts including but not limited to Los Angeles Superior Court and understands the litigation process from beginning to end, including OAH and PERB
  • Knowledge and ability to file court documents in the Orange County Superior Court using One Legal
  • Knowledge and ability to navigate the Federal CM/ECF system as well as e-filings
  • Knowledge and ability to serve discovery documents using Case Anywhere and FileandserveXpress
  • Prepares and revises legal documents, correspondence, memoranda, and e-mails from written form as well as from transcription
  • Knowledge and ability to calendar due dates for appearances and deadlines, i.e. complaints, responses, discovery, motions, appeals, conferences, etc., in a timely manner
  • Operates personal computer, transcription equipment to produce legal documents, correspondence, memoranda and e-mails, and other office machines such as photocopier, fax machine and postage meter
  • Proofreads prepared materials to ensure documents are free from typographical and grammatical errors and are formatted according to Firm standards
  • Reads, sorts and prints incoming mail, faxes and e-mails, as well as save to the document management system and distributes as appropriate
  • Schedules appointments and meetings for attorneys
  • Manages and maintains calendar for deadlines; ensures important dates are recorded on the master calendar

Other Duties:

  • Arranges for travel for attorneys including hotel, airline and transportation
  • Assembles documents and exhibits for court filings and recordings, hearings, arbitrations, mediations, depositions, investigations or other engagements
  • Assists in the preparation of marketing materials such as pitch folders, attorney biographies and PowerPoint presentations
  • Preparation of attorney expense reports and check requests
  • Coordinate workshop and client training seminars
  • Coordinate attorney conference calls
  • Back up for the telephones and filing
  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • High School Diploma
  • Prior legal secretary experience in the areas of education, litigation, transactional, or bankruptcy
  • Ability to type, read, and write in order to proofread and perform initial input and revisions to legal documents, correspondence, memoranda and e-mail.
  • Must have knowledge of MS Office Suite which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of document management systems such as IManage
  • Ability to type 70 wpm
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workflow for multiple attorneys
  • Interpersonal skills to communicate verbally, in writing and by telephone in a professional manner with clients, attorneys, vendors and staff
  • Ability to operate office equipment such as computer, transcription equipment, fax machine and advance functions on photocopiers
  • Knowledge of how to do research on the internet to locate, directions for the attorneys, look up information regarding the school districts, how to obtain copies of agendas for board meetings
  • Ability to follow office procedure for opening files, obtaining new client matter numbers, and processing invoices
  • Ability to stay current with the local court rules for the state and different counties
  • Ability to use Adobe for redaction and edits in documents in response to PRA requests and discovery requests. 
  • Occasionally makes drop offs at Federal Express
  • Stellar attendance and punctuality

Physical Demand:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will:

  • Stand/walk frequently during their scheduled shift
  • Ability to see well enough to read/compose reports and use the computer
  • Ability to hear well enough to communicate with clients, co-workers and outside vendors
  • Climb, stoop and kneel, occasionally
  • Use fine finger manipulation including writing, typing, and using the phone system
  • Ability to work more than 40 hours a week      

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to normal office working conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Please submit cover letter and resume to: hiring@aalrr.com.

Service Center Clerk - Cerritos

Summary: Provide general office services support in a law firm environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to (other duties may be assigned):

  • Stock office supplies and paper, maintain copier/supply rooms and secretarial stations
  • Process all incoming and outgoing mail
  • Check and replenish stock in break rooms and other key areas
  • Assist with meeting and special events set-up (catering, A/V needs, etc)
  • Assist Facilities / Service Center Manager as needed
  • Assist with special projects as needed by supervisor
  • Assist with copy jobs when needed
  • Back-up to mail office services clerk; restock all copiers with regular paper, clean the kitchen, and turn on all the dish washing machines

Qualifications: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Requires a High School diploma (or equivalent) and office clerical experience
  • Proficient in MS Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills a must

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of the job.

 

E-mail resume, cover letter, and salary history to: hiring@aalrr.com

Working at AALRR

Elizabeth J. Rho-Ng

Partner

"AALRR offers me the flexibility to balance my career and personal life. I especially enjoy working with experienced and talented lawyers in a collegial atmosphere."

Thomas A. Lenz

Partner

"I choose AALRR because I can work on fascinating issues affecting thousands of workplaces throughout California and the West."

Brooke Romero

Associate

"The people at AALRR whom I have the privilege of working with and the mentorship opportunities available to me are what I like best.”