BP Americas, Inc. Senior Paralegal, Dispute Resolution in Houston, Texas


Job title:

Senior Paralegal, Dispute Resolution


Corporate & Functions

Role synopsis:

BP Legal – Houston/Naperville is seeking a Dispute Resolution Senior Paralegal/Paralegal to provide support to Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and Regulatory Case Teams for disputed matters and investigations globally. This position will manage multiple disputed matters from beginning to final resolution, which will call for considerable organizational skill and high levels of functional and technical integration.

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United States - Illinois - Naperville, United States - Texas - Houston

Is this a part time position?:


Relocation available:


Travel required:

Yes - up to 10%

Key accountabilities:

  • Effective and excellent communication and consulting skills are required to work with our internal business clients and outside of the Company with opposing counsel, experts, witnesses and vendors, as well as internal staff regarding discovery requests, deadlines, trial, etc.

  • Knowledge of the litigation process from initial filing through trial.

  • Ability to follow company protocols and processes for gathering and organizing documents, preparation and implementation of Legal Holds, updating case status and tracking the handling of documents for assigned matters.

  • Proven project management capability including metrics, budgets, estimates, serving as an escalation point, and managing legal case team concerns.

  • Ability to provide matter budgeting and forecasting support especially with regard to discovery costs. Identifying potential problems with schedules and budgets and provide resolutions for a successful outcome.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with all levels of personnel—internally and externally.

  • Must have solid analytical and troubleshooting skills.

  • Highly organized and detail-oriented with excellent process-oriented communication and writing skills.

  • Ability to manage and coordinate a high volume of matters in a fast-paced atmosphere with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a cross-functional team.

  • Must possess strong time-management and organizational skills along with the ability to work effectively with others under short deadlines in high pressure situations.

  • Ability to anticipate issues and solve them before a problem arises.

  • Proficient knowledge of Internet Research Tools (Lexis, Westlaw, CM/ECF, JIMS, etc.).

  • Implementing technology, recommended practices, and systems that are consistent across offices, globally, to effectively support the company’s discovery and disclosure processes ensuring they are in line with company policies and business goals.

  • Coordinating and conducting large-scale document (electronic and hard copy) discovery identification, preservation, collection, scanning, coding, review and production project.

  • Performing Quality Control of electronically stored information; including Quality Control of data before production to confirm document stamping and redactions are accurately captured.

  • Communicating clearly concerning legal technology needs related to a particular case and able to communicate complex technical solutions to non-technical audiences.

  • Serving as a liaison between the internal and external case teams and discovery vendors to facilitate a review of data for production.

  • Proven successful Project Management implementation and ability to handle multiple projects and willing to gain expertise and achieve certifications in both technical and legal project management fields.

  • Functional proficiency of electronic discovery applications and able to work with the Discovery Team to ensure that legal teams are using appropriate, innovative and cost-effective technologies to manage the discovery process.

  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Outlook).

Essential Education:

Bachelor's degree and paralegal certification or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desirable criteria and qualifications:

  • Ten (10) years of relevant paralegal experience is preferred.

  • Trial experience preferred.

About BP:

Our business is the exploration, production, refining, trading and distribution of energy. This is what we do, and we do it on a truly global scale. BP operates with business activities and customers in more than 80 countries across six continents. Every day, we serve millions of customers around the world. We are continually looking for talented, committed and ambitious people to help us shape the face of energy for the future.

The purpose of the Legal function is to provide legal services to the Group in order to further the maximisation of business opportunities and value and the minimisation of business risks and liabilities.

BP Legal lawyers and support staff work closely with their colleagues in the Businesses, Regions and Functions to deliver exceptional results in transactions, disputes and issues management.

Building on its existing strength, BP Legal has developed its strategic priorities, in line with the Group Strategy, to achieve its vision and address present and foreseeable challenges.

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Countries (State/Region):

United States - Illinois, United States - Texas


If you are selected for a position in the United States, your employment will be contingent upon submission to and successful completion of a post-offer/pre-placement drug test (and alcohol screening/medical examination if required by the role) as well as pre-placement verification of the information and qualifications provided during the selection process. The drug screen requires a hair test for which BP must be able to obtain a sufficient hair sample for analysis (4 cm/1 ½” scalp, or > 2 cm/¾” body – arms & armpits/legs/chest)

As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, BP is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard for race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, military status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other protected group status. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us or have one of your representatives contact us at BPUSApplicationAssis@bp.com or by telephone at 281.366.1999.

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Essential experience and job requirements:

  • Minimum of four years of experience in the E-Discovery Industry with a law firm E-Discovery department, as a paralegal, or with an E-Discovery vendor.

  • Experience with Relativity, Viewpoint, Concordance, Atlas and other widely used E-Discovery applications, is strongly preferred.

  • Experience as a Paralegal in an in-house corporate setting or major law firm is strongly preferred.

  • Experience in the oil and gas industry is strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated aptitude of the litigation process, including all phases of the legal hold process and electronic and hard copy discovery.

Other Requirements (eg Travel, Location):

There are no additional requirements. Please respond with N/A below.

Eligibility Requirements:

If you are applying for a position in the United States, you must be at least 18 years of age, legally authorized to work in the United States; and not require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., TN, H1B status), now or in the future.