Business & Legal Research Analyst – Washington, DC

DLA Piper LLP (US) is a leading global business law firm. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best people across our practice and business service groups. We are looking for collaborative, results-oriented people who enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and have exceptional problem-solving skills.

If you are a highly talented Business & Legal Research Analyst interested in working closely with clients, attorneys and paralegals, we want to hear from you!

Relocation is available in accordance with the firm’s policy.

The research analyst team is at the leading edge of the firm with regard to identifying and harnessing the power of new legal research technologies and platforms. The department’s commitment to continuing education guarantees that the team champions and uses the best resources for solving today’s complex research needs while saving clients’ money.

The business & legal research analyst position provides research expertise and analysis to lawyers, paralegals and staff. Candidates must be able to quickly evaluate all research inquiries to determine the best methods and resources necessary to complete each request. This position requires the ability to prioritize requests, analyze results, compile answers and communicate research findings in a clear and concise manner. The business & legal research analyst may perform training and conduct outreach activities at the local office level.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Library/Information Services
  • 3 years’ experience conducting research
  • Experience performing extensive research using tools (such as Westlaw and Lexis Advance, and specialized tools such as CapIQ, Bloomberg Law, CCH Cheetah, Intelligize, Courtlink, Pitchbook, etc.
  • Experience in data analytics, artificial intelligence, and quantitative legal prediction databases such as Casetext CARA, Lex Machina, Docket Navigator Compass, TR Intelligence Center, Ravel Law, etc.
  • Good research skills required to conduct research on a variety of legal and business topics
  • Specialized knowledge relating to specific legal practice areas (e.g., IP, Finance, Tax, etc.)
  • Good knowledge of federal legislative and regulatory research
  • Good with curation systems such as Manzama or Linex
  • Good interpersonal skills necessary to interact regularly with attorneys, clients and staff
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently and rearrange priorities as workload dictates
  • Willing to work after normal hours and/or weekends when required

Preferred Requirements:

  • 3 years of experience conducting research in a law firm environment

What will your day look like?
You will conduct research and/or fact-checking in a wide range of topical areas including, but not limited to, legal, business/corporate, patent and IP, public records, legislative history, medical and news/media. You will compile research results, summarize data and communicate methodology and results clearly, and use critical thinking to analyze each request to identify the best research resources for efficient and cost-effective resolutions. You will work extensively with research staff, information technology, attorneys and administrative staff to maximize knowledge sharing and improve integration among information systems in the organization. You will also conduct local office orientation for new hires and will assist with the training of attorneys and staff on the effective use of legal and business research resources.

You will also explain the operation of the research department and market library services and resources. You will participate in the regular review and evaluation of new and existing electronic resources, with an eye toward improved service and research efficiency. You will also demonstrate a commitment to continuing education by attending workshops and webinars for professional development and regularly review professional literature. You will align with specific practice groups to support their long-term goals, business development, competitive intelligence and resource needs.

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