We’re Hiring: Legal Assistant/Paralegal – ERISA Litigation Practice

Essex Richards, P.A., is seeking a motivated, compassionate, experienced, and highly- organized Legal Assistant to join our ERISA / Employee Benefits Litigation team. This individual will be responsible for assisting in the employee benefit and insurance disputes, administrative appeals, and plaintiff litigation matters, and the day-to-day management of the litigation practices for two full-time attorneys.


  • Interview and interact with both prospective and existing clients.
  • Provide clients with regular updates and ensure client matters are resolved.
  • Communicate with Court personnel and other legal professionals.
  • Perform administrative tasks such as client intake, requesting documents, and scheduling appointments.
  • Coordinate with medical providers and insurance carriers.
  • Assist attorneys in preparing litigation documents such as pleadings, discovery requests and responses, and briefs.
  • Finalize briefs and court filings, format and proof documents prior to submission.
  • File motions and pleadings in state, federal, and appellate courts.
  • Identify, track, and calendar deadlines.
  • Organize exhibits, documents, briefs, and appendices.
  • Review medical records and prepare medical record chronologies.
  • Conduct legal and other factual research.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Communication with clients and prospective clients by both telephone and email is a significant component of this position. The successful candidate will be able to communicate with existing clients and potential new clients about the litigation process  in a  kind demeanor and in a timely manner. Our selected candidate will often be the first person to communicate with potential new clients on behalf of our team, so compassion, empathy, patience, and strong client service skills are a must.

The successful candidate will be friendly, approachable, and able to interact and collaborate effectively with our team of attorneys, staff, clients, and third parties. Professionalism is very important, as is showing a genuine concern for the welfare of our clients.

The well-qualified candidate will take ownership over projects, be solution-oriented, and possess a high level of accuracy, critical thinking skills, attention to detail, and organizational skills. Multitasking, independent thinking, and effective prioritization are critical. Strong written and oral communication skills are a must as is the ability to manage deadlines and lawyers in order to keep our practice running smoothly.


  • 3+ years litigation or related experience.
  • Excellent computer knowledge, which includes proficiency in Microsoft Office (including Word and Outlook), Adobe Acrobat, and court-filing portals (ECF, PACER, etc.).
  • Experience using federal rules of civil procedure, state and federal rules of appellate procedure, and Lexis (or other legal research software).
  • Experience with medical records, insurance policies, and/or in ERISA is a plus.
  • Experience in a federal court litigation practice is a plus.

Essex Richards, P.A., is an established small-midsize Charlotte law firm that has made its home in the South End/Dilworth area for over 47 years. We offer a competitive benefits package, a supportive team, and a friendly working environment. Salary commensurate with experience and ability. Confidentiality is assured if requested.

Qualified candidates may apply by emailing gdausman@essexrichards.com with a resume and a cover letter stating your qualifications for this position and why you are interested in working at the law firm of Essex Richards, P.A.

Contact Info:

Firm Administrator

Essex Richards, P.A.

1701 South Blvd.

Charlotte, NC 28203

Phone: 704-377-4300