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Loyola University Chicago Institute for Paralegal Studies

Restructuring Paralegal

  • 5+ Years Experience
  • Full Time
  • Chicago, IL

Website Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP


Restructuring Paralegal

A Paralegal II, who will be assigned to the restructuring group and will work with all restructuring department paralegals and attorneys. The Paralegal II works with all of the attorneys on matters from the beginning through completion of restructuring, managing the flow of information and ensuring adherence to best practices.  The Paralegal teams are responsible for managing the central files (“case record”) including a complete set of the correspondence, memos, pleadings, and client documents in the matter.


Essential Functions

1. Manage Chapter 11 Bankruptcy matters

  • Compiles and manages central files
    • Collects from clients, other parties
    • Organizes and tracks documents in a secure but accessible system
  • Creates and manages information management systems
    • Makes relevant documents and information quickly and easily available to attorneys on the team
    • Manages databases (Concordance, Summation, Access, etc.)
    • Manages calendaring, task sharing, collaborative systems, extranets
  • Coordinates logistics and preparation of materials for asset sale auctions
  • Searches, reports, prepares objections to, monitors and resolves claims
    • Prepares proofs of claim
  • Prepares closing books for bankruptcy cases and debt trades
  • Prepares notices of transfer
  • Coordinates preparation and filing of briefs and legal documents
    • Researches local rules of procedure for relevant court venues, and assures adherence thereto; obtains information on venue (e.g. judge’s bio, prior decisions and opinions); obtains precedent from other cases in the venue
    • Drafts routine filings (attorney appearances, notices of filings, notices of motions, bankruptcy petitions, first day pleadings)
    • Manages master task list and work flow
    • Checks legal cites for proper format, content and standing (Westlaw, Lexis; Blue Book)
    • Researches and checks fact cites for proper format, content and accuracy (Blue Book)
    • Researches and integrates case precedent into motion filings
    • Compiles appendices and exhibits
    • Manages service of process; files with court and serves on parties; coordinates with local counsel
  • Manages electronic case filings and files pleadings on the electronic case docket
  • Develops and updates critical dates lists
  • Manages hearing preparation and support
    • Compiles exhibits
    • Prepares hearing documents and binders
    • Sets up and manages remote offices and support (e.g. remote office setup and logistics)
    • Develops good relationship with Court Clerk, coordinating courtroom logistics with courthouse personnel
    • Assists at hearing, anticipating needs of attorneys
    • Communicates with and coordinates other professionals and consultants involved in hearing
    • Maintains hearing notes and proposed orders
    • Alters proposed orders as needed and facilitates filing with Clerk
    • Documents results of hearing, and maintains binder of orders
  • Prepares corporate debt and corporate organization charts
  • Coordinates preparation of schedules and statements
  • Retrieves, interprets and organizes SEC diligence
  • Prepares debt priority charts
  • Responds to creditor case inquiries
  • Prepares preference action pleadings
  • Monitors chapter 11 cases for creditors
  • Performs substantive research
    • Analyzes documents and materials
    • Performs factual research
    • Compiles information into charts, graphs and timelines


2. Fee Application Process

  • Drafts monthly, quarterly and final fee applications
  • Searches local rules pertinent to fee applications
  • Tracks filing dates for fee applications and certificates of no objections
  • Notifies attorneys about upcoming fee applications deadlines
  • Obtains from attorneys information needed to prepare fee applications
  • Manages process of drafting and revising fee applications
  • Accurately processes mathematical calculations


Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

This position requires at least 5 years of paralegal experience preferably in a law firm handling complex Chapter 11 Bankruptcy matters for large corporate clients, predominantly representing debtors.  A demonstrated history of proposing and implementing process improvements is a plus.  Additional qualifications include excellent analytical and organizational abilities, solid communication and management skills, creativity and initiative.  A successful candidate must be able to work independently as well as with a team, have an acute attention to detail, and is able to multi-task and prioritize while working in a high pressure, deadline-driven environment. Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required.  Ability to travel and work overtime is required.


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