Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Requisition Number: Corporate Legal Assistant-10-2018-001
Job Title: Corporate Legal Assistant
City: Houston
State: TX
Shift: Monday-Friday; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Hours: 37.5

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is a leading global law firm with offices in New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Established in 1884, the Firm currently has more than 850 lawyers. On a world-wide basis, the Firm provides coordinated legal advice on the largest and most complex corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the Firm’s practice.

Corporate Legal Assistant

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Description/Job Summary

The Corporate Legal Assistant is responsible for performing a broad variety of work during all phases of various transactions within their assigned Partner group and specific practice area.  This role works under the supervision and direction of an experienced attorney.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Assist attorneys with preparation of legal documents, due diligence review and related tasks
  • Complete forms required for the formation/dissolution/amendment and qualification of corporations, LLC’s and partnerships
  • Organize and maintain working files and important papers, paper and e-mail correspondence, inter-office memoranda and attorney work product
  • Organize and maintain due diligence documents
  • Perform due diligence searches including UCC searches and status of entity searches
  • Utilize and manage electronic databases
  • Proofread, organize and track documents; prepare bound volumes following completion of a transaction of necessary documents; organize and distribute post-closing documents
  • Assist with document/information gathering, exhibit preparation, logistics and coordination of items received
  • Assist firm’s landman in preparation of lease and well exhibits for mortgages/deeds of trust
  • Assist firm’s landman to review reserve report information in Excel summaries and determine mortgage coverage percentage
  • After completion of a transaction:
    • Assemble, organize and record documentation in records of counties and parishes
    • File Uniform Commercial Code Financing Statements in various states and if necessary, counties
    • Prepare and update Recording Schedules for transactions and maintain CD’s of all recorded documents for all transactions
    • Distribute recorded documents to agent lender with CD; distribute CD’s of recorded documents to borrowers
  • Stay current on mortgage and Uniform Commercial Code filing requirements in various states
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Skills

  • Ability to effectively present information verbally and in writing
  • Ability to proofread for contextual, grammatical and spelling errors
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office Suite
  • Proficiency with Internet research and legal research databases, such as Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis
  • Can organize, prioritize, plan and multi-task work activities
  • Ability to work independently or in a team with limited supervision
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Flexibility to work late and on holidays/weekends, and travel when necessary

Preferred Skills

  • Knowledge of FileSite and Excel preferred

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required

Preferred Education

  • Knowledge of legal principles and practices acquired through formal paralegal training or its equivalent a plus
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