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Project Assistant - Product Liability & Mass Tort Litigation

Project Assistant - Product Liability & Mass Tort Litigation

Recruiting Location 
US-NY-New York
Paralegal & Project Assistant

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A Product Liability & Mass Torts Litigation Project Assistant works closely with lawyers on scientific and medical aspects of product liability litigation. This is a two-year entry-level position supporting lawyers and others within the practice group.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reviewing and summarizing historic and recent scientific and medical literature related to the mechanism of action of the drug and evaluating its potential to cause (or not cause) injuries.
  • Reviewing and summarizing companhy preclinical (animal studies) and clinical (human) data.
  • Providing input on and prioritizing key scientific and medical literature.
  • Tracking progress made with expert witnesses (doctors whom we consult with for their opinions regarding the case).
  • Researching scient- and medical-related questions for lawyers/client; making the nuances of the explanation understandable to people who may not have STEM backgrounds.
  • Drafting client communications and client presentations.
  • Attending court proceedings and client meetings.
  • Performs other miscellaneous projects and tasks as requested by lawyers and the Paralegal/Project Assistant Manager.
  • Performs other work-related duties, as may be assigned.


Qualification Requirements:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below.  The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.  If you need such an accommodation, please email (current employees should contact Human Resources). 


Education and/or Experience: 


  • Bachelor’s degree in science (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, etc.) from an accredited college or university.


Other Skills and Abilities:

The following will be required of the successful candidate:

  • Strong research skills (i.e., internet, databases)
  • Able to review scientific studies, human and animal (concepts; language)
  • Strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail
  • Good judgment
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Able to work  harmoniously and effectively
  • Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities
  • A self-starter who shows ownership and commitment to the job
  • Proofreads accurately


Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer