Berry Appleman & Leiden Senior Paralegal I - BAL310 in San Francisco, California

The Senior Paralegal I assists the Attorneys with the management of corporate immigration cases and client interactions. This includes a variety of duties related to legal document preparation and management, research and case management which requires knowledge of the legal system, terminology and procedures in addition to clerical and administrative skills. The Senior Paralegal I is recognized for his/her expertise and experience and serves as a team and practice group resource.


  • Demonstrate and maintain expertise in one or more practice area(s)

  • Demonstrate ability to work independently

  • Demonstrate ability to manage a high caseload and work within strict timelines

  • Coordinating the preparation of immigration packets (petitions)

  • Providing excellent client service and serving as clients’ main day to day contact point

  • Regularly engage in report generation for self and others

  • Regularly evaluate cases and provide case strategies and/or solutions to issues

  • May provide training and guidance for HR contacts regarding BAL systems and general immigration matters

  • May be responsible for managing various corporate clients; serve as a point of contact for the company contact and manager in his/her area(s) of expertise

  • Serve as a resource and often provide training and guidance to Attorneys and legal staff in his/her area(s) of expertise

  • Participate in projects and/or committees as related to the area of expertise and to the practice area

  • Assist with setting BAL policies/procedures/protocols in area(s) of expertise

  • May be asked to write and prepare materials to be used internally and possibly externally

  • Drafting applications and supporting documentation for filing with government agencies

  • Monitor the status of all filed applications and petitions

SECONDARY RESPONSIBILITIES (Under the supervision of Attorney, Team Manager, or Practice Manager):

  • May perform other work related duties as assigned.


  • Works with clients to obtain documents and information necessary to prepare applications

  • Drafts support statements and organizes documentations for filling

  • Files and monitors applications and petitions with appropriate government agencies

  • Performs research to obtain information such as background on a company or industry, current wages, processing procedures, stand processing times, etc

  • Initiates contact with government officials to obtain necessary information to alert supervising attorney of potential delays or possible problems in the processing of an application


Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated mastery of Paralegal skills

  • Proven ability to handle a high volume of cases

  • Proven ability to become thoroughly proficient in handling complex, challenging, and VIP cases

  • Proven ability to manage corporate clients as it relates to area of specialization

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Team practice

  • Ability to quickly absorb, learn and become skilled at a variety of legal work

  • Proven ability to be the “Go To” person on Team

  • Able and willing to share knowledge with others and effectively communicate policies/procedures/protocols to all

  • Capable of highly independent work


  • Requires 3 years of progressive experience as a Paralegal or demonstrated ability to perform the functions of the position.

  • Minimum Education Level:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

ID: 2017-1483

External Company Name: Berry Appleman & Leiden

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