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ACT, Inc. Lead Paralegal in Iowa City, Iowa


ACT is a nonprofit organization helping people achieve educational and workplace success. Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning in schools and workplaces around the world. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success, or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues. ACT is passionate about making a difference in all we do.

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The Lead Paralegal provides higher-level paralegal, technical, and limited administrative business operations support in the areas of (i) litigation support and assistance to inside/outside counsel in all phases of litigation; (ii) intellectual property (IP) for all varieties of patent, trademark, and copyright activities, both foreign and domestic; and (iii) ACT compliance programs and initiatives with a focus on state and federal data privacy, gift, lobbying, and truth-in-testing laws.


Typical work-related activities include:

  • Develop, maintain, and organize systems related to litigation case management and workflow (including legal hold management)

  • Manage a centralized document repository for document collection

  • Collect, review, analyze, and summarize pertinent records, documents, and facts in connection with pending and potential legal disputes; conduct routine discovery

  • Subpoena management, including document collection, review, and production

  • Research statutes, judicial decisions, and legal articles in connection with active and/or pending litigation

  • Develop, maintain, and organize procedures and systems related to IP matters, including copyrights, trademarks, patents, and branding

  • Serve as the organization’s primary point-of-contact reviewing incoming applications for new trademarks and patents, including assignment of acquired IP

  • Work cooperatively with other departments to ensure relevant IP information and standards are incorporated into projects, systems, materials, products, services, and processes

  • Prepare legal documents, including, pleadings, responses, infringement letters, DMCA notices, and licensing agreements

  • Provide compliance support, with a primary focus on privacy, gift, lobbying, and truth-in-testing law compliance, as well as marketing compliance, international compliance, employment law, and other diverse aspects of the company-wide compliance program:

  • Develop, maintain, and organize procedures and systems related to the compliance program (including annual truth-in-testing reporting)

  • Research and respond to compliance-related inquiries from external and internal clients and research compliance-related best practices

  • Draft, update and maintain compliance-related policies, procedures, calendar, repository and databases

  • Docket all legal and regulatory deadlines



  • High School diploma

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree and/or Paralegal certification preferred

  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired


  • Minimum of 7 years that includes at least 5 years in a corporate legal department or law firm with a focus on litigation support responsibilities

  • Experience with compliance, and/or intellectual property desirable

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficient knowledge in the area of Litigation; proficiency with Intellectual Property and Compliance preferred

  • Proficient knowledge of legal terminology, laws, judicial decisions, court jurisdictions, legal treatises and legal procedures

  • Highly skilled in legal research and writing, investigating facts, analyzing information, and preparing legal documents and reports

  • Demonstrated understanding of litigation motion practice, discovery, arbitration, trial and appellate procedures

  • Ability to stay up-to-date on relevant state and federal laws, U.S. Patent and Trademark regulations, and U.S. Copyright regulations affecting ACT’s business strategies

  • Ability to perform with a high degree of autonomy and responsibility

  • Ability to creatively find practical solutions to complex problems and issues

  • Outstanding analytical, time management, and judgment skills required

  • Proven ability to independently prioritize multiple requirements, manage numerous projects concurrently, and meet deadlines

  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with highly sensitive documents, organizational strategies, research, and reporting

  • Strong communication skills required in order to develop strong internal and external relationships and work as part of cross-functional teams

  • Ability to assimilate information from a variety of sources, analyze the details, and recommend course of action

Job ID2019-1535

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ACT is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled.