Litigation Paralegal – Palo Alto or San Diego, California

Sanford Heisler Sharp, a national public interest law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, Maryland, and Georgia, has an immediate opening for a mid- to senior-level litigation paralegal in either our Palo Alto office or San Diego office. Sanford Heisler Sharp is strongly committed to EEO principles and values a diverse workplace. The team is a tight knit community including lawyers and legal assistants, all committed to using the law to help craft and enforce a more just society. We specialize in civil rights and general public interest cases, representing plaintiffs with gender discrimination, labor and wage violations, whistleblower, ERISA, financial fraud, consumer fraud, and many other claims. We have represented thousands of individuals in some of the most significant class action cases before the courts, secured landmark victories through trial and settlements. In addition, we have a number of cases currently before the federal district and appellate courts that raise novel issues of law.

The qualified applicant for this role will support one or more attorneys and will be responsible for supporting the firm’s ERISA, public interest, and employment discrimination litigation matters.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Draft and revise case-related documents such as correspondence, deposition notices, contracts, briefs, motions, orders, petitions and discovery, and send to clients, counsel, and courts as needed;
  • Responsible for proper filing and service of documents in accordance with the applicable rules and procedures;
  • Communicate with local counsel in other jurisdictions as needed to get documents filed or served;
  • Communicate with clients, witnesses, opposing counsel, experts, and other professionals in accordance with attorney guidance;
  • Manage and communicate deadlines across multiple cases filed in different jurisdictions;
  • Prepare for and attend court hearings, depositions, mediations, arbitrations, investigatory interviews, meetings with law enforcement agencies, and other case-related proceedings and meetings;
  • Maintain records regarding billable hours and expenses spent on cases;
  • Coordinate with legal service vendors (e.g., mediators, information management services, court reporters, and process servers);
  • Assist in the onboarding and development of Legal Assistants; and
  • Perform other duties assigned by the Executive Committee, Managing Partner(s), and/or cases’ lead attorney(s).

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; formal paralegal training in either a certificate or post-baccalaureate program is preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience is required; 8+ years preferred.
  • Must have experience with e-filing and e-service in multiple jurisdictions, as well as experience using online file and serve portals such as PACER, CM/ECF, and File & ServeXpress.
  • Proficient with document management systems, preferably NetDocuments.
  • Experienced with a variety of computer applications and internet programs, including: Microsoft Office (viz., Word, Excel, and Outlook), Westlaw Precision (viz., PeopleMap, Practical Law, Drafting Assistant, and Westlaw Dockets), the Bluebook online, legal media publications and systems (e.g., Law360,, and Verdict Search), and legal timekeeping systems (e.g., eBillity).
  • Ability to learn quickly and be a creative problem solver who takes initiative to accomplish tasks with a minimal level of supervision.
  • Strong organization, oral and written communication, and analytical skills.
  • Detail-oriented with a demonstrated ability to multitask and prioritize deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a challenging, rewarding, and fast-paced teamwork environment and maintain a busy caseload.
  • Fluency in Mandarin and/or Spanish is highly desirable, but not required.


 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. (PT) to ~5:30 p.m. (PT).


The annualized salary range for this non-exempt position is $75,000-$84,000 commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure:

This position is available now and is currently in a hybrid environment with regular in-person attendance required. Occasional travel may also be required. Applicants seeking consideration should email a one-page cover letter and current resume to Erika Rigsby, Director of Talent Acquisition and Development, at [email protected]. Please include “Prospective Litigation Paralegal -California” in the subject line of the email.

We are committed to EEO principles and value a diverse workplace. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ, all genders, all ages, differently abled, and other minority applicants to apply.


Sanford Heisler Sharp employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including obtaining the COVID-19 boosters within the time frame recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you accept an offer from the firm and choose not to get vaccinated for religious, medical reasons, or other applicable legal requirements, you may seek a reasonable accommodation.

Reasonable Accommodations:

Sanford Heisler Sharp welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please send your request to us by email at [email protected] or by mail to the following address:

ATTN: Ricardo Granderson, Chief People Officer

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
1350 Avenue of the Americas, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10019