Heller Ehrman Estate Sues Greenberg Traurig

Check out today’s article in The Recorder entitled Heller Estate Files Malpractice Suit Against Greenberg Traurig.

The Heller estate is seeking to recover monies on several levels including the litigation costs in defending itself against the employee lawsuit relate to the WARN Act.

As far as I’m concerned, Greenberg Traurig should be footing the bill for all the WARN Act costs and penalties because if it wasn’t for their role in creating this massive fuster cluck, then at the very least Heller could have wound down its business operations in a more sensible manner. One that at the very least respected its employees, especially its hard working staff.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Heller Ehrman Distributions Update

[Received today via e-mail from Blum Collins]

We are class counsel for the certified class of former Heller Ehrman employees seeking unpaid wages from the bankruptcy estate. This is an update on the upcoming additional distribution of money to former Heller Ehrman employees.

On September 12, 2011, the Court granted Heller’s motion asking the Court to approve paying out over $20 million to creditors (which includes employees). Heller’s motion included some general information about the claim percentages to be paid (i.e., 24 to 33 percent), but Heller now says the distribution will be 30 percent. Heller has filed the list of employees (and how much money each will get) under seal. This is to protect employee privacy. Heller has sent every employee a letter stating how much money that individual employee can expect to receive.

Heller had previously stated that it hoped to make the payments by September 15, 2011. We are trying to get updated information on the status of the payments.

Sincerely,

Craig M. Collins
Blum Collins LLP

A Payout from the Heller Estate by September 15, 2011?

We received the following update from Blum Collins this evening (see below).  Everyone should read this post to make sure the bankruptcy court and all other parties have your current address.

We are class counsel for the certified class of former Heller Ehrman employees seeking unpaid wages from the bankruptcy estate. Here is what we currently know about the status of a possible additional distribution of money to former Heller Ehrman employees.

Late last week, Heller filed a motion asking the Court to give notice by publication of its plans to file a motion to make an interim distribution to unsecured creditors (which includes employees). Heller also filed a motion to seal the list of employees (and how much money each will get). This is to protect employee privacy.

The publication motion has some general information about the claim percentages to be paid (i.e., 24 to 33 percent). As we reported in our previous email, the bankruptcy estate has raised money by settling its cases against Bank of America and also against Covington & Burling. Heller has not yet determined how much the distribution will be, nor what any individual employee’s share will be. Heller will be sending you a letter with this information soon.

Based on these motions, we expect that Heller will make the payment by September 15, 2011.

If you like to read bankruptcy court documents, you can review the publication motion by clicking this link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2868013/Motion%20to%20Publish%20Notice%20of%20Dist%20Motion.pdf

You can review the motion to seal by clicking this link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2868013/Motion%20to%20seal%20distributions.pdf

Sincerely,

Craig M. Collins
Blum Collins LLP

Has Your Address Changed? BofA Settlement

Long time no hear, right?  Well you may have heard that Bank of America settled with Heller Ehrman for $20 million: http://amlawdaily.typepad.com/amlawdaily/2011/03/heller-ehrman-settlement.html.

That is good news for the Heller estate and hopefully for the staff. But in order to receive any monies – which we are told will happen by the end of 2011 – you must make sure that the Bankruptcy court and other parties have your correct address.

IF YOU ADDRESS HAS CHANGED, please please please fill in the PDF form below. YOU MUST SEND ONE COPY TO EACH OF THE FOLLOWING:

Clerk of the Court
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Northern District of California
PO Box 7341
San Francisco, CA 94120-7341

Thomas A. Willoughby
Felderstein Fitzgerald Willougby & Pascuzzi, LLP
400 Capital Mall, Suite 1450
Sacramento, CA  95814

Shelley Salinero
Heller Ehrman, LLP
388 Market Street, Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA  94111

Heller Change of Address Form (opens in PDF)

p.s. – I hope everyone is doing well.  I’ve been busy with my genealogy career which includes writing, speaking on the lecture circuit,  teaching webinars to 1,000 people at a time, and even running my own 2-hour radio show every Friday evening.  Life is good.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Bay Area Job Postings

Docket Coordinator

Hanson Bridgett LLP, a major Bay Area law firm, seeks an experienced Docket or Calendar Coordinator for the San Francisco office.

This person would work with the Senior Calendaring Coordinator and Risk Management in formulating and implementing policies, procedures, and practices. The Calendar Department supports firm-wide litigation and transaction calendaring needs, including Intellectual Property.

Determines docket/calendar dates from documents and correspondence and inputs and tracks data into docket calendar program. Produces routine calendars reports for all timekeepers and provides guidance with filing deadlines.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Strong knowledge of federal and state court calendar rules and procedures is required as well as proficiency with the Compulaw docketing program or a comparable docketing program.

Must be able to work well independently or within a team atmosphere and under time pressures. Solid organizational skills and attention to detail. Effective oral and written communication skills. Strong initiative and willingness to assume additional responsibilities as requested. Candidate’s must have the ability to prioritize work, manage time, and work flexible hours.

Clearance of Firm standard background and conflicts checks is required. We are an EOE/AA employer and we value diversity in our workplace. Interested and qualified candidates please forward resumes to the Docketing Manager at recruiting@hansonbridgett.com and reference job code MM B-CC.

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HOPLLC (Hampton O’Bannon Partners LLP) Current Job Postings

We pay referral bonuses anywhere from the 90 day to after six months of employment (as long as the individual remains employed with our client), and bonuses range from $250-$1,000 depending on the position. Bonuses are paid on direct hire placements only (not temp). The Resource Corner appreciates your referrals! Please ask your referral to email a resume as a Word attachment to kim@hopllc.com and to let us know that you were their referral source. Feel free to check out full job descriptions on our website by referencing the job # at the end of each description.

Paralegal

1. Are you a mid career Corporate Paralegal with at least 4 years of experience looking to work in a top tier law firm’s Silicon Valley office? Would you enjoy being the sole paralegal to a Corporate Practice? If so, you may be a great fit for this branch office’s corporate team. You must have well-rounded, substantive corporate transactional skills. A mid-level paralegal is ideal for this job, but will consider seniors to the $115K range. [Job #3236]

2. Midlevel Corporate Paralegal needed for SF office of large, global law firm. 4+ years related experience required. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Experience with securities, VC financings, IPOs, due diligence materials, SEC filings, opinion letters, UCC filings, etc. 9-5:30 with flexibility for OT. Salary DOE. [Job #3159]

3. Are you a Trademark Paralegal with at least three years of experience looking to make a move to an awesome, large law firm that is great to its employees? Qualified candidates should have foreign filing experience in addition to domestic. Must have a 4 year degree; a Paralegal Certificate is a plus. Must also have solid attention to detail and be adept at software programs typically used in a large law firm trademark legal department. Salary competitive, DOE. [Job #3232]

4. Are you a recent college graduate with top academic credentials and some business office experience looking to apply your skills and education in a law firm environment in San Francisco? If so, a top notch, national law firm is looking to hire you! Interest in venture funds and/or corporate law (business formation: partnerships, LLCs, etc.; contracts/agreements and securities) is desired. Strong software skills particularly MS Office and any database programs. Paralegal Certificate is a plus. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and maintain attention to detail. Salary $38-50K, DOE. [Job #32311]

Secretary

5. If you are a Corporate Legal Assistant/Secretary with 3+ years of corporate transactional secretary experience looking for an awesome, stable, growing, global law firm in Silicon Valley, this is the job for you! This office has a phenomenal Office Administrator who has solid tenure with the firm. You will support the main Corporate Partner, and other corporate timekeepers for a busy, growing Corporate Practice. Salary
DOE to $80K. [Job #3220]

6. Large, global law firm seeks experienced legal document specialists for on-call work, all shifts for its Silicon Valley & San Francisco offices. Must be able to float between the two offices, and/or work solely in Silicon Valley. Rate $21-25/hr. [Job #3217]

Human Resources

7. Do you have junior level HR and/or benefits experience and want to work for a top employer in the Bay Area? Do you like to organize, multi-task and prioritize in a busy, fast-paced work environment? If so, the Silicon Valley office of a large, national law firm has an HR Assistant need and it may be an ideal opportunity for you! Previous HR experience & college degree strongly preferred. Salary DOE. [Job #3245]

Accounting

8. Are you a Billing & Collections Manager who loves what you do? Are you interested in and available for a temp, possible temp to hire opportunity at an awesome, well established, global law firm in San Francisco? This firm consistently ranks in the top three for pro bono legal services. You will work closely with attorneys, their secretaries, and their clients throughout the entire billing process. Requirements: -3+ years in billing, collection, or account management; Excellent communication skills, highly detailed and organized. [Job #3224]

9. Are you a Payroll Manager/Supervisor with 7+ years of experience managing complex, multi-state payroll for a minimum of 1500+ employees who would like to work on a temp to hire basis for a top-ranked, global law firm in San Francisco? Requirements: Strong training and supervisory skills. Thorough knowledge of payroll tax regulations. Knowledgeable in the preparation and filing of payroll tax and other requisite forms. Demonstrated advanced analytical skills. Ability to perceive and analyze problems and to develop responsive solutions. Hourly rate is DOE. [Job #3215]

Other

10. Are you a talented Market Research Associate with two or more years of market research experience looking for direct hire, part-time work in Silicon Valley? If you meet the below requirements, an exciting, venture-backed, technology development and licensing company is looking to hire you! The ideal candidate must have a solid understanding of market research fundamentals, work well in teams, be highly detail oriented, and be well-organized. Has the ability to quickly understand and efficiently search for information regarding diverse technology markets. Highly self-motivated and have an inquisitive, problem-solving nature. Hourly $18-25/hr, DOE. Hours 2-6pm, M-F. [Job #3241]

Qualified/interested candidates can email a resume as a Word attachment to:
kim@hopllc.com.

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Public Relations Specialist

Candidate will participate in overall marketing department activities by: developing and implementing a targeted media plan; responding to media inquiries and cultivating relationships with key journalists in the mainstream, financial and legal press; working with publications to place articles and promote speaking opportunities; coordinating submissions for industry surveys, listings and award nominations. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: identifying and creating proactive media opportunities; participating in daily internal PR activities such as tracking and distribution of developments in the media; producing and maintaining relevant press lists and PR calendars; planning and attending special Firm-client events; and occasionally assisting with proposals and collateral materials.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelors degree and 5+ years related experience preferably in a professional services environment. Strong verbal/written communication and proofreading skills; flexibility working with deadlines/time constraints; strong technical skills in Word, Excel, and InterAction.

Salary is capped at $85K. if interested, please email yr resume as a word doc
attachment to George Matthews at George@GMRecruiter.com

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Patent Docket Clerk – Costa Mesa

In this hands-on position, the Patent Docket Clerk has a primary role in updating and maintaining the US & Foreign docketing function, and helps coordinate automation for docketing and forms.

Qualifications include 3+ years of docketing or patent paralegal experience, automated docketing system experience, the ability to maintain a docket and prepare docket reports with a high degree if accuracy, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple priorities. Must also have strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills.

Please submit your resume in confidence to find out more.

Phillip Prodehi email: pvp@alchemylegal.com Alchemy Legal

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Ytterberg & Associates is the Premier Legal Search & Executive Recruiting firm attracting Top
Talent! Specializing in Direct Hire Placement, contact us today to learn more!

Corporate Attorney – East Bay/San Francisco: With Patent/IP as well as strong corporate transactional work, contracts administration, oil & gas makes this candidate quite a find. Tier 1
academics and CA Bar license.

Legal Secretary – Bay Area: Talented litigation secretary with expert calendaring & docketing background newly available for new full time opportunity! 10+ years experience with flexible attitude and outstanding communication skills.

Legal Secretary – Los Angeles: Dynamic legal secretary with excellent references, strong attention to detail with expertise in corporate law, insurance litigation. TY75+ wpm

Legal Research Clerk – Century City: This special candidate has aspirations in the paralegal field and has earned stellar attorney & supervisory references in their most recent contract position for intellect,
excellent research skills and initiative.

Senior Paralegal – Los Angeles: It’s not often a candidate with this level of experience is available; 20 years experience with high level knowledge Corp transactional work, UCC, Certified Paralegal!

Administrator – Twin Cities: Known for diplomacy, with solid HR Management and law firm
administration experience, this stellar candidate has built their reputation on their ability to work with all
levels of staff and management with outstanding results! MBA degree.

Electronic Discovery Specialist Attorney – Los Angeles: Certified Electronic Discovery Attorney with 4 years big firm practice experience poised for next opportunity! Expert in project management and electronic discovery in litigation.

ERISA Attorney – West Coast: 4th Year Associate- Top tier academics, LLM in Taxation! Prestigious, solid firm experience in Employee Benefits with specialization in Executive Compensation, Health, Welfare.

info@YtterbergAssociates.com wwwYtterbergAssociates.com

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Docket & Court Calendar Management Clerk

This position is directly responsible for the docketing and case management for the firm’s California offices and interacts primarily with the firm’s attorneys, paralegals, and staff.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree and law firm experience preferred

• Minimum five years of experience as a docket clerk, experience with Asbestos docketing is a plus

• Superior technical skills in MS Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

• Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and administrative skills, with meticulous attention to detail

• Ability to take initiative, work independently, and assume responsibility to prioritize multiple projects, deal with urgent client needs, and work under tight deadlines and handle multiple competing priorities

• Strong commitment to individual assignments as well as to team assignments

• Strong vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and punctuation skills

• Must be a team player focused on client service

Responsibilities

• Enter and update docket/case management data for attorneys

• Participate in firm-wide docketing activities

• Maintain high level of training and proficiency in electronic filing rules, procedures and techniques

• Serve as a point of contact for local and federal courts

• Coordinate electronic filing training for staff and assist with filing as needed

• Coordinate and provide forms and instructions for routine attorney admissions to local courts

• Maintain resources and provide information to attorneys, paralegals, and staff regarding local and federal court rules, forms and procedures for NP and other firm resources

• Produce management reports for CMS Docket/Case Management module as needed

• Conduct orientation to firm docket/case management policy and procedures and litigation resources for new attorneys and secretaries

To apply for this position, please visit http://www.nixonpeabody.com/careers.asp or go to http://selfapply.nixonpeabody.com

Nixon Peabody LLP is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

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Patenting Docket Clerk for Google!

Please submit online via our jobs website at: http://www.google.com/intI/eo/jobs/uslocations/mountain-view/Iegal/

This position is based at our Headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Google Legal is a close-knit team of lawyers and legal professionals who operate on a truly global stage. We take pride in working for a company with a clear mission (“to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”) and a real soul (“don’t be evil”). Google’s innovative services raise challenging legal questions that demand creative and practical answers. We work at the crossroads of new technologies and existing laws to provide those answers, helping Google build innovative and important products for our users around the world. If this sounds like your kind of place, it probably is.

The role: Patent Docketing Clerk

As a Patent Docketing Clerk, you will be called on to perform a wide variety of critical support and administrative tasks. You are a detail- oriented person capable of processing/ tracking large quantities of information. Your primary responsibilities will include ciocketing all relevant incoming information and dates for patent prosecution matters. You will work collaboratively with the Google patent team under the supervision of Google attorneys within a fast-paced legal department and company.

Responsibilities:

• Maintain the docketing database for all US and foreign patent prosecution matters [foreign experience preferred] and assist with docketing of third party matters

• Assist the patent team with basic administrative tasks as needed: mailing materials, maintaining miscellaneous files, etc.

• Respond to internal and external customers inquiries by email

• Prepare docket reports for the patent group

• Maintain and update the various patent files (electronic and paper)

Requirements:

• B.A. degree or equivalent experience with excellent academic credentials

• At least 4 years of experience with complex docketing database programs

• Knowledge of patent prosecution rules, deadlines and procedures (US and foreign)

• Able to manage numerous projects simultaneously under deadline pressure

• Excellent analytical skills, with a strong ability to review and organize numerous documents in complex legal matters

• Sense of humor and commitment to professionalism are required

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Senior Docketing Clerk

Career opportunity as Sr. Docketing Clerk for prestigious Century City law firm! The ideal candidate will have 3+ years California calendaring & docketing experience with sound knowledge of associated fees and court rules. Great communication skills, attention to detail and ability to work under deadlines is important.

Must have prior calendaring software experience. This firm offers great benefits, competitive salary and central location on the west side of Los Angeles.

For immediate, confidential consideration contact:
Susan Ytterberg, C.E.S.
susany@ytterbergassociates.. corn
2029 Century Park East, 14th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(424) 202-3694
http://www.ytterbergassociates. corn

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Patent Docket Clerk

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, an international law firm with 1400 lawyers in 22 offices, is currently seeking an IP Docket Clerk for its San Francisco office. This position in th Patent Support Services (PatSu) Department of the IP Patent Practice Group will assist our Patent Support Services Manager and PatSu team. Based on procedures established for each of our clients, the successful candidate will review and extract information from foreign and domestic incoming client related communications, as well as Patent and Trademark Office communications, for entry into our docketing database. In addition, this position is responsible for monitoring the Patent and Trademark Office daily dockets and other administrative responsibilities. Additional projects will be assigned.

This position requires a minimum of one year of related patent docketing experience (equivalent education/experience will also be considered). Qualified candidates must have strong communication (written/verbal) and proofreading skills, an organized approach to work assignments, excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and a team-oriented attitude. Experience with CPI preferred, but not required. Flexibility to work overtime required.

Morgan Lewis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V. NO AGENCIES PLEASE

TO APPLY

Please apply online by going to http://www.morganlewis.corn, click on the “Careers” tab and search for the position.

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International Docketing Workflow Coordinator — San Francisco

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, an internationally renowned intellectual property law firm, has an immediate position available for an experienced International Docketing Workflow Coordinator in our San Francisco office. Townsend is one of the nation’s leading intellectual property firms, advising a wide range of clients in diverse industries on all aspects of intellectual property acquisition, strategy and litigation. We seek a customer service focused, highly organized, and results-oriented IP professional to join our patent docketing department to assist with the coordination and supervision of International Docketing Assistants and workflow in all international patent docketing functions.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supervising, training and mentoring International Docketing staff members
  • Coordinating workflow
  • Assisting in maintenance and updating of information in the docketing system
  • Conducting audits to ensure accuracy of data in the docket system
  • Ensure quality assurance protocols for data integrity and 2nd eye review
  • Reviewing and processing intake and transferred-in files
  • Billing fixed fees
  • Monitoring docketing and un-docketing mailboxes and assignments
  • Responding to attorney and staff inquiries
  • Other duties/projects assigned

Candidate Requirements:

  • 5+ years of IP docketing experience in a law firm setting
  • Supervisory and workflow coordination experience desired
  • Experience with international IP patent matters
  • Knowledge of IP rules in international patent markets
  • Must be proficient in Windows-based software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Strong working knowledge of docket database systems: IP Manager and Den nemeyer
  • Strong working knowledge of billing software: Elite
  • Sense of urgency, strong organizational skills and effective time management
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential, as you will communicate with attorneys, all levels of administrative staff and contacts outside the Firm
  • Excellent attention to detail, problem solving, editing and proofreading abilities are also key
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

For more information and to submit a resume and cover letter (including salary requirement), please visit our Web site at: www.townsend.com

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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U.S. Docketing Assistant — San Francisco

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LIP, an internationally renowned intellectual property law firm, has an immediate position available for an experienced U.S. Docketing Assistant in our San Francisco office. Townsend is one of the nation’s leading intellectual property firms, advising a wide range of clients in diverse industries on all aspects of intellectual property acquisition, strategy and litigation. We seek a customer service focused, highly organized, and results-oriented IP professional to join our patent docketing department to assist with the thorough and accurate docketing of various U.S. patent and trademark correspondence.

Successful individuals will have good data entry skills, excellent verbal/written communication skills, and pay meticulous attention to details.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Review, process and route hard-copy correspondence from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to appropriate recipient
  • Docket correspondence deadlines and matter data and undocket completed actions
  • Docket and undocket e-mail correspondence
  • Monitor U.S. docket deadlines
  • Conduct audits to ensure accuracy of data entered
  • Ensure quality assurance protocols for data integrity and 2nid eye review
  • Input new clients and matters in the docketing system
  • Other duties/projects assigned

Candidate Requirements:

  • 3+ years of Intellectual Property Docketing experience, law firm experience preferred
  • Working knowledge of USPTO and PCT rules and regulations
  • Trademark docketing experience a plus
  • Must be proficient in Windows-based software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Strong working knowledge of docket database systems: IP Manager and Dennemeyer preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of billing software: Elite preferred
  • Sense of urgency, strong organizational skills and effective time management
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential, as you will communicate with attorneys, all levels of administrative staff and contacts outside the Firm
  • Excellent attention to detail, problem solving, editing and proofreading abilities are also key
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

For more information and to submit a resume and cover letter (including salary requirement), please visit our Web site at: www.townsend.com

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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Patent Docketinci Specialist (Silicon Valley)

Responsibilities

Under general supervision, provides US and foreign filing docket services for the Patent Group, ensuring integrity and accuracy of the docket function. Dockets dates and deadlines, de-dockets completed items, and prepares responsive docket reports. Assists on special projects, researching and analyzing relevant
issues. Ensures client service and satisfaction are attained in all areas of the position.
Essential Functions

Client Service

1. Consistently promote and model the Firm’s Client Service Principles in teamwork, work product, and personal interaction.

2. Ensure exemplary client service to all internal and external clients; proactively promote client service throughout department and among teams; respond to peer requests with recognition that request serves a
client or Firm need.

US and Foreign Filing Docketing

1. Docket incoming US Patent Trademark Office and foreign filing mail into docketing database; double checking for accuracy. Write effective notes into the database to ensure shared knowledge and historical reference. Routinely apply judgment to ensure that risk management is safeguarded and docket data is complete and reliable.

2. Manage mail flow and faxes for department; ensure mail control and docketing protocols are consistently followed. Provide assistance and guidance to Docket Clerks to ensure mail is correctly date stamped, logged in, and routed as needed.

3. Investigate perceived discrepancies and inconsistencies in due dates and dockets; analyze and review mail where response dates are not apparent or where contingencies may exist; report issues and findings to appropriate attorneys and staff.

4. Act as resource to attorneys and staff, providing docketing guidance and expertise. Regularly and effectively communicate docket standards, protocols, and procedures to ensure understanding and compliance within department.

De-Docketing

1. Review outgoing filings; de-docket relevant dates in docketing database; forecast and enter next action. Enter relevant data into outgoing PTO log. Enter appropriate filing fees into CD Entry.

2. Ensure that any discrepancies in docket dates and responses are appropriately resolved and corrected.

3. Review relevant documents, such as letters, faxes, email, etc., relating to foreign filing responses and de-docket as appropriate; follow though with foreign filing specialists and department members as necessary.

Reporting and Analysis

1. Generate regular docket reports and distribute to department members.

2. Review and follow through on updates to docket report as identified by department members; input updates into docketing database.

3. Prepare ad hoc docket reports for department members and clients, customizing as appropriate. Collaborate closely with department members to ensure that client reports are formatted and prepared to meet client needs.

Special Projects

1. Collaborating with office and firmwide specialists, assist in the regular review and assessment of docketing procedures; participate in and coordinate updates to procedures; develop responsive procedural changes.

2. Assist with periodic file audits and proactively respond to underlying issues.

3. Participate in special projects involving docket function or that require docket expertise, historical knowledge, etc.

4. Provide in-depth, detailed, and analytical research on docket related issues and questions; follow through on findings; propose and implement measures as appropriate to improve processes to reduce future risk.

5. Assist with and manage docketing of matters coming in and leaving the department. Ensure that matters in/matters out are appropriately reviewed and prioritized and that risk management is unfailingly addressed.

Work Flow Management and Quality Control

1. Scrupulously review all work product to ensure highest accuracy; routinely apply techniques and procedures to mange details, often working under critical deadlines.

2. Actively prioritize work responding to deadlines and changing critical needs.

3. Delegate appropriate work to Patent Docket Clerks to ensure timely completion of assignments.

4. Mentor Patent Docket Clerks and other staff, providing training and guidance on work product and professional development.

Professional Development

1. Remain current in industry trends in patent docketing; proactively expand knowledge of procedures, laws, and nuances related to docketing.

2. Ensure expertise in technology relevant to the position; proactively use most current technology to further teamwork, client service, and efficiency.

3. Ensure client service and performance consistently meet Career and Compensation Management Program (“CCMP”) expectations for Matrix Level 4.

4. Regularly review position against Matrix expectations and develop goals to further increase position value.

Craig Fleck
Vice President
Chelsea Search Group
5395 Napa St. #318
San Diego, CA 92110
858-829-7747
http://www.chelsearecruiters.corn

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Litigation Practice Support Manager

This position is for a law firm in San Francisco. They are seeking someone to be responsible for all aspects of building and maintaining firm wide litigation support systems and practices, vendor management, selection and implementation of lit support and E discovery technologies, creation and implementation of effective practice support policies and procedures and oversight and management of all practice support personnel. This person will promote and advance the department’s effectiveness including assessing all team and client needs, organizing and direction workflow, training, coaching and motivating the team. Ensure client service and satisfaction is attained in all relevant areas of the position.

If interested, contact georgeGMRecruiter.com

George Matthews and Associates
268 Bush Street, Suite 4201
San Francisco, CA 94104
415-828-2731
George@GMRecruiter.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/GeorcieMatthews

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MCLE Coordinator

Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to high technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. We have approximately 250 attorneys with offices in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Seattle. We are committed to providing innovative, cost-effective and practical legal services that focus on global high technology industries and issues.

We have an opportunity in our San Francisco office for a MCLE Coordinator. Under the direction of the Director of Information Services, the MCLE Coordinator monitors the MCLE credits for the Firm’s lawyers and paralegals. The MCLE Coordinator responds to inquiries regarding MCLE classes and requirements. The MCLE Coordinator also maintains the Risk Management Intranet page, provides assistance to the Litigation Docket Specialist and to the Audit Response Group. The ideal candidate should be detail oriented with analytical ability and excellent data entry skills. He or she should demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills and have experience with MS Office applications.

Please apply online: http://www.fenwick. com

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International Docketing Specialist

A very well known IP law firm is seeking an experienced International Docketing Specialist for their SF office. You will be responsible for all docketing of international patent correspondence. Duties include:
Review, process and route hard copy correspondence to appropriate recipients; docket and undocket email correspondence; Process fixed fees; Conduct audits to ensure accuracy of data entered; Input quality assurance protocols for data integrity and 2nd eye review; Other duties as required.

The Ideal Candidate will have a mm of 3 years International Docketing exp at a law firm; Know IP Patent Matters; Be proficient in MS Windows based software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook); BA degree required. Compensation is DOE but the range is in the mid fifties to low 60s.

If you would like to be presented, please email a copy of your resume as a word doc to George Matthews at George@GMRecruiter.com.

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Docketing Positions

IP Docketing Tech. — must have 3 plus yrs. US and foreign docketing experience using
CPI Peninsula – $55-62K DOE

Calendar Specialist — must have at least 2 plus years of litigation calendaring experience
using Compulaw — SF – $45-53K DOE

Calendar Manager — 3 plus yrs. Litigation docketing experience —
1 yr. as a lead — SF – $62-72K DOE

US & Foreign Docketing — must have at least 5 plus yrs. Of US & Foreign docketing —
Peninsula — Bachelor’s degree required – $DOE —

If interested please call me at (415) 477-1930 — Kearney Boyle & Associates,
Inc or debra@kbajobs.com
Kearney Boyle & Associates, Inc. 50 California Street, Suite 960
“Think Legal…Think KBA” San Francisco, CA 94111

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Patent Tax Assistant – San Francisco

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LIP, an internationally renowned intellectual property law firm, has an immediate position available for an experienced Patent Tax Assistant in our San Francisco office. Great opportunity for an experienced Patent Tax Assistant. As a valued team member, the selected candidate will be responsible for the accurate tracking and timely payment of international annuities and U.S. maintenance fees.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Timely docketing and undocketing of annuity and maintenance fee due dates.
  • Track and prepare reminders for clients.
  • Provide payment instructions to annuity payment service, foreign associates, and the USPTO.
  • Analyze annuity and maintenance fee data.
  • Analyze and approve payment reports and invoices.
  • Ensure quality assurance protocols for data integrity and 2uid eye review.
  • Conduct audits to ensure accuracy of data entered.
  • Create reports and provide fee estimates in response to attorney/client requests.
  • Document special client instructions in Client Procedure memos.
  • Communicate and follow-up with attorneys, clients and foreign associates regarding payment instructions and/or inquiries.

Candidate Requirements:

  • 3 + years IP patent docketing experience with previous patent tax experience preferred
  • Knowledge of patent tax rules and regulations
  • Experience with US and foreign patent office Web sites
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work and meet deadlines, strong organizational skills and effective time management
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent attention to detail, problem solving, editing and proofreading abilities
  • Must be proficient in Windows-based software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Knowledge of USPTO maintenance fees and worldwide annuity country law preferred
  • Knowledge of IP rules in national and international patent and trademark markets preferred
  • Working knowledge of docket database systems: IP Manager and Dennemeyer preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred

For more information and to submit a resume and cover letter (including salary requirement), please visit our Web site at: www.townsend.com

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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Patent Tax Assistant (Entry Level) — San Francisco

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, an internationally renowned intellectual property law firm, has an immediate position available for an entry level Patent Tax Assistant in our San Francisco office.

Great opportunity for an IP professional to enter the area of Patent Tax. As a valued team member, the selected candidate will be responsible for the accurate tracking and timely payment of international annuities and U.S. maintenance fees.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Timely docketing and undocketing of annuity and maintenance fee due dates.
  • Track and prepare reminders for clients.
  • Provide payment instructions to annuity payment service, foreign associates, and the USPTO.
  • Analyze annuity and maintenance fee data.
  • Analyze and approve payment reports and invoices.
  • Ensure quality assurance protocols for data integrity and 2 eye review.
  • Conduct audits to ensure accuracy of data entered.
  • Create reports and provide fee estimates in response to attorney/client requests.
  • Document special client instructions in Client Procedure memos.
  • Communicate and follow-up with attorneys, clients and foreign associates regarding payment instructions and/or inquiries.

Candidate Requirements:

  • 2+ years IP patent experience (legal secretary, case assistant, foreign filing, or docketing experience).
  • Experience with US and foreign patent office Web sites.
  • Excellent attention to detail, problem solving, editing and proofreading abilities.
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work and meet deadlines, strong organizational skills and effective time management.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Working knowledge of Windows-based software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Knowledge of IP rules in national and international patent and trademark markets preferred.
  • Working knowledge of docket database systems: IP Manager and Dennemeyer preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

For more information and to submit a resume and cover letter (including salary requirement), please visit our Web site at: www.townsend..com

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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Trademark Docketing Clerk or Specialist

This position is with a Top International Law Firm, in their Palo Alto area office. Ideally they are looking for someone with 2+ years of experience assisting in all aspects of US and foreign trademark docketing. This is working with a really nice team with an established book of business and a very congenial group. The company has an exceptional working environment, is very family-oriented and offers a balanced work life as well as flexible hours.

Responsibilities include Trademark docketing and database management for a growing trademark group. Preparing and processing of related reports and information. Review all incoming trademark mail.

Proficiency with CPI docketing software highly preferred.

The starting salary for this position is in the 60-65K range, depending on experience.

The firm also offers exceptional benefits including full medical coverage, generous profit sharing, 6% contribution to 401K (does not require matching).

Jessy (Owen) Kirkwood Senior Associate
Brian Goiter & Associates
(650) 947-8700
jessvbgsource

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Docket Clerk

We are a dynamic small employment defense firm with big firm clients looking for a full time docket and calendar clerk who also will be responsible for opening, copying, distributing, calendaring and filing mail and faxes as well as maintaining case files. Experience with CompuLaw is a plus. We’re a great group of people looking to find just the right person for our team.

Compensation is based on experience level. Benefits include medical, dental, and 401(k).

Our website is http://www.vhattorneys.com.

If this sounds like a good fit for you, please contact us at:

rclermont@vhattorneys.com

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Records Specialist

Latham & Watkins, a prestigious international law firm, has an immediate opening for a full-time Records Specialist in its Costa Mesa, Orange County (California) office. Requirements: 3 to 5 years of law firm records experience (experience in other law firm positions having significant document organizational responsibilities may be considered in lieu of directly related records experience). Knowledge of records management database (preferably LegalKey) is essential. Excellent organizational skills and detail oriented. Well developed interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively with attorneys, paralegals, and clients. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Strong work ethic and ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Primary Responsibilities: Assist records supervisor with space management: organize and maintain large document collections in case rooms; allocate case room space to attorneys and paralegals; maintain an inventory of active cases; communicates with attorneys and paralegals when the case is dormant or closed to expedite removal of material to offsite storage. Assist with implementation of records retention program: ascertain which files are subject to retention; contact attorneys and clients with information on retention actions; comply with client or attorney instructions; maintain all database information regarding
retention status; stay current on any changes to the firm’s retention policy. Assist with file transfers and other duties as needed.

The firm offers an excellent salary and benefits package. Please e-mail your resume and a cover letter to Frank Miramontes at frank.miramontes@jw.com.

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IP Docketing Specialist

Latham & Watkins, a prestigious international law firm, has an immediate opening for a full-time IP Docketing Specialist in its Costa Mesa, Orange County (California) office. Requirements: 3 to 5 years of experience in U.S. and foreign trademark docketing. Strong knowledge of trademark docketing system (preferably CPI), Microsoft Word and Excel. Extremely detail oriented with strong organizational skills. Well developed interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively with trademark paralegals and attorneys. Strong work ethic and ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Primary Responsibilities: Maintain IP docketing in the CPI database, which includes state and federal trademarks, copyrights, domain names and trademark oppositions; maintain timeline of applications entered into CPI; review mail, docket as appropriate and forward appropriately; monitor docket to be sure items are completed in a timely manner; generate repofts; communicate frequently with paralegals and attorneys; correspond with foreign associates and vendors; prepare invoices for payment; assist with file transfers and other duties as needed.

The firm offers an excellent salary and benefits package. Please e-mail your resume and a cover letter to Frank Miramontes at frank.miramontes@lw.com.

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Docket Clerk

A well established mid-size law firm is looking for someone with at least 2 years of related experience, and knowledge of CompuLaw and Microsoft Outlook. The firm offers a very nice environment with a very supportive office manager. This person should have knowledge of court rules and litigation court filing. The firm is located in the San Mateo/Burlingame area, and the salary range for this opportunity is 48K.

Please contact:

Ivonnve Picklo, Recruiter/Researcher ivonne@bpsource.com

Brian GoIter & Associates 650-947-8700

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Senior Conflicts Analyst

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP is looking for a Senior Conflicts Analyst in its San Francisco office. This position works under the supervision of the Business Information Services Manager and is primarily responsible for determining existing or potential conflicts for incoming attorneys, paralegals and all other staff. 2-4 years of experience with conflicts in a law firm environment required, including interaction with attorneys and secretaries regarding potential conflicts. An understanding of a corporate law practice and four year college degree preferred.

101 California Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111.

Please e-mail submissions to Chris Buckingham, Employment Manager, at
cbuckingharm@cooley.com. Fax: (415) 693-2917.

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Patent Docketing Specialist

Growing patent law firm located in Oakland has an immediate opportunity for an experienced Patent Docketing Specialist. The ideal candidate has 1+ year of patent prosecution experience or 2+ years docketing experience and proficiency with PATTSY is a must. Successful candidate is an independent, detail-oriented and hardworking professional who is a team player. The firm is offering a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision insurance, a 401k plan, profit sharing and parking reimbursement. If this sounds like the job you have been waiting for, act now! Send your resume to wclegal@dpijobs.com.

Janice Klingele, CSP, Account Manager, Davidson Legal Staffing

http://www.calawjobs.com

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Docket/Calendar Clerk

National toxic tort plaintiff’s firm seeking an experienced Docket/Calendar clerk for the San Francisco branch.

Primary Duties Description:

  • Responsible for maintaining and updating data in Compulaw
  • Responsible for transfer of information in to Microsoft/PDA environment
  • Review, docket and calendar all relevant pleadings, documents and court related items.
  • Perform computerized and manual docket calculations
  • Enter and maintain branch information in Firmwide Microsoft Outlook calendar
  • Perform computerized and manual docket calculations
  • Prepare and distribute standard calendar reports, prepare customized case, department or other specific as requested.
  • Provide training to new calendar staff on of calendar database, conduct orientation of new professional staff and attorneys on the firm’s docket/calendar procedures.

Ancillary Duties:

  • Responsible for researching complex docket/calendar issues and for resolving difficult case specific inquiries to ensure accurate and efficient docketing in accordance with applicable practice and rules.
  • Install rule and other updates, inactivate closed matters and make any required changes to client/matter records and provide assistance with the transfer of cases into or out of the firm.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Professional legal calendaring system experience (Compulaw a plus)
  • Some Legal Education (e.g., law school or paralegal certificate) or Equivalent in Experience and/or Training.
  • B.A./B.S. Preferred or 5 or more years Experience in Comparable Position
  • Must be proficient in Word, Outlook, Windows Environment
  • Extensive Knowledge of Federal, State and Local Court Rules
  • Demonstrated work history of performing manual and computerized docket/calendar functions and resolving complex docket/calendar issues; Demonstrated work history of attention to detail and work initiative.

Please send resume and cover letter to sffobs@bcoonlaw.com

Brent Coon & Associates, 44 Montgomery St., Ste 800, San Francisco, CA 94104

EOE

New Job Postings – Legal Talent Wanted

Los Angeles

  • Application Support/Trainer: 10 years law firm experience
  • Desktop Support:  5 years law firm experience
  • Application Developer: 7 years law firm experience; VB & C# .Net, ASP.Net, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 / 2005
  • Litigation Support: 4 years experience with a large international firm; 7 years previous litigation paralegal experience

Bay Area

  • Desktop Support: 10 years law firm experience
  • Help Desk/Phone Support: 3 years law firm/professional services experience
  • Application Developer: 7 years law firm experience; VB & C# .Net, ASP.Net, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 / 2005
  • Litigation Support: 7 years experience with large law firms; certified in Trial Director

San Diego

  • Desktop Support: 2 years law firm experience; 10 years total IT experience
  • Senior Desktop Support: 8 years law firm experience
  • Application Support/Trainer: 10+ years law firm experience

Shannon Adams
Executive Director- Legal Technology
Davidson Technical Staffing
Direct Dial: (949) 225-6560
Shannon.Adams@DavidsonStaffing.com

In Memoriam – Steve Givens

We received notice yesterday that Steve Givens, who worked in the Financial Services department of the San Francisco office of Heller Ehrman, passed away on September 23, 2010.

There were no services and Steve’s ashes were brought to West Virginia as he had wanted.  Please keep Steve’s friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

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