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Paralegal Specialist - ERISA

Nationwide Insurance

in Remote / Columbus OH

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If you're passionate about being part of a diverse organization that enables a Fortune 100 company to deliver innovative business solutions with excellence, then Nationwide's Legal team could be the place for you!

This paralegal will support the corporate employee benefits legal function.

Under the supervision of an attorney, key responsibilities will include (but not limited to):

  • Research plan design and plan administration issues
  • Research new paid leave and employee benefit laws, identify potential compliance issues and draft client alert emails
  • Review powers of attorney provided by plan participants and determine compliance with applicable state law and plan requirements
  • Respond to subpoenas requesting employee benefit information
  • Respond to ERISA-governed requests for plan documents, summary plan descriptions, annual reports, summary annual reports, annual funding notices and other documents
  • Draft and update plan documents, plan amendments and summary plan descriptions, including facilitating reviews and incorporating changes made by multiple subject matter experts
  • Store and maintain plan documents, amendments and other legal documents in the iManage system

The candidate should be proficient in Office applications, pdf editors and have a strong attention to detail. Knowledge of HIPAA and other privacy laws a plus.

This position will be located in Columbus, Ohio, but can be a remote work from home opportunity if located outside of Columbus.

Job Description Summary

Would you thrive in an environment where you can deliver top-quality legal services to support the goals and objectives of a Fortune 100 insurance and financial services company? If you possess the communication skills, analytical ability and paralegal skills needed to provide outstanding service, advice and counsel, we want to hear from you!

As a Paralegal Specialist, you'll provide the highest level of legal assistance, project management and general support to the legal staff in the development, research, management and resolution of legal issues. We'll count on you to draft complex legal documents, agreements and pleadings related to a wide variety of matters, including litigation, for certain legal practice areas. You may have opportunities to work independently on some matters, with latitude for making decisions and taking action.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides support to attorneys in the form of legal research, drafting communications and preparing legal documents with minimal direction.
  • Conducts sophisticated and detailed legal research and compiles data from such references as online sources, digests and practice manuals, among others. Researches and provides analysis of statutes, regulations and court decisions. Prepares summaries and recommends resolutions to legal questions. Prepares correspondence to internal and external contacts.
  • Drafts contracts, patent applications, resolutions and other legal documents. Drafts detailed deposition outlines/questions, motions, pleadings, subpoenas, orders and briefs. Works with attorney on unusual or complex matters.
  • Conducts and supervises broad-level assignments. Evaluates matters which may have a significant impact. May assist the attorney in executing legal matters.
  • For litigation specialty areas, leads the analysis and evaluation of records and data for discovery. Drafts recommendations and correspondence to clients, claims attorneys, and customers with regard to discovery and legal matters. 
  • May develop and maintains information databases. Builds new processes for data maintenance, storage and retrieval.
  • May conduct and evaluate open and closed paralegal file audits, advising attorneys and management of the audit results and recommending improvements.
  • Demonstrates expertise in paralegal concepts and procedures. Maintains proficiency in both business and legal professional competencies.
  • Assists in developing and implementing policies, procedures and precedents for the paralegal area.
  • Coordinates workflow and mentors and trains less experienced paralegals.
  • Responds to requests for production of documents, responses to interrogatories and/or regulatory requests and inquiries, and coordinates pre-trial proceedings and discovery, depending on area of specialty. 

 May perform other responsibilities as assigned. 

Reporting Relationships: Reports to Counsel/Paralegal Supervisor. May have the opportunity to lead a team of up to three associates. 

Typical Skills and Experiences: 

Education: Undergraduate or post-graduate studies in business administration, insurance or other related area preferred.

License/Certification/Designation: Certification in paralegal studies preferred.

Experience: Typically, eight or more years of experience as a paralegal with demonstrated good performance.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills: Advanced knowledge of paralegal concepts, practices and procedures. Significant knowledge of the operations, practices and procedures of general counsel or civil litigation, depending on area of specialty. Proven knowledge of filing requirements of courts and agencies. Must have demonstrated knowledge in legal research and complex deposition motion practices, as well as in appellate procedures.

Sophisticated analytical, research and organizational skills. Consistent track record in setting work priorities that conform with established standards. Self-starter who is able to work with little direction. Able to handle complex projects with minimal direction. Proven ability to provide leadership and support. Ability to give presentations in both formal and informal settings. Strong verbal and written skills for contact with associates, attorneys, clients and customers. Ability to operate a computer and related legal and business software and databases.

Other criteria, including leadership skills, competencies and experiences may take precedence.

Staffing exceptions to the above must be approved by the Officer, Managing Counsel and HR Business Partner.

Values: Regularly and consistently demonstrates the Nationwide Values.

Job Conditions:

Overtime eligibility: Eligible (Non-Exempt)

Working Conditions: Normal office environment, Occasional travel. Non-standard or extended work may be required based on project needs.

ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some associates assigned to the job to performs a somewhat different combination of duties.

Credit/Background Check: Due to the fiduciary accountabilities of this job, a valid credit and/or background which will be required as part of the selection process.

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