GENERAL SUMMARY: Under immediate supervision of the Research Services Manager and following prescribed department, office and firm procedures, the Research Specialist is responsible for responding to user requests for all types of assistance. The Research Specialist is expected to serve as a positive role model and mentor, and to perform all responsibilities with a commitment to providing superior service to the firm’s attorneys, advisors and staff, in an atmosphere of teamwork and continuous improvement. Above all, the Research Specialist must fulfill the needs of the firm in a manner which is consistent with the Firm's Core Values.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Duties are performed throughout every work day, as necessary):
Analyzes legal, corporate and general resources and communicates findings in a clear and concise manner, supporting the research needs of attorneys, paralegals, and staff particularly for the firm’s Regulatory practices.
Aggregate, analyze, and synthesize internal and external data sources for use in the firm’s business intelligence efforts.
Perform electronic current awareness monitoring, analyzing the results and providing appropriate information to attorneys and staff.
Coordinate with assigned practice groups and departmental staff in the recommendation and consolidation of practice group’s resources, including both recommendations for purchase and cancellation.
Proactively interact with attorneys and departmental staff to establish strong working relationships, in order to identify and coordinate information needs.
OTHER ESSENTIAL DUTIES (Duties are performed periodically, as necessary):
Handle requests from management, and attorneys from other firm offices, both domestically and internationally.
Schedule and follow-up on online database training for attorneys, paralegals and others, including initial skills assessment.
Maintain awareness of current legal and business research materials, techniques, and fundamental technological skills and resources; build research skills in new areas of the law and technology.
Coordinate interlibrary loans, including responding to incoming requests from other firms.
Assist in resolving technical problems and issues, as appropriate.
Provide back-up coverage in the event of other colleague’s absences.
Handle administrative and other projects as assigned.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to read, write and speak English
Substantive reference and research skills including familiarity with the wide range of legal and business materials found in a various practices, such as Westlaw, Lexis Advance, Securities Mosaic, Bloomberg Law, CapitalIQ, among others
Substantive understanding of legal literature, its organization and availability in a multitude of formats
Strong analytical and critical thinking, with a high attention to detail.
Familiarity with standard business print and online resources
Familiarity with emerging technologies and their licensing methods
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including grammar, spelling and punctuation
Strong working knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint and Word, and document management systems.
Proficiency on office equipment used on a regular basis including computers, printers, copy machines, and telephones
Ability to work independently, take initiative, set priorities and see projects through completion
Ability to meet deadlines and respond to changing priorities