Resp & Qualifications
PURPOSE: This position provides a complete range of paralegal and legal support services to the attorneys in the CareFirst Legal Department and to other Divisions or Departments as directed by counsel.
Under the supervision of an Assistant/Deputy General Counsel, a Paralegal’s accountabilities may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following duties, as needed. The actual percentage of a Paralegal’s time spent on the categories will vary depending upon business needs.
1. Legal Research
• Conduct complex legal research for attorneys on federal, state, and local laws and regulations as needed. Research areas include, but are not limited to, laws pertaining to health and health insurance, corporate governance, labor, employment, employee benefits, campaign finance, tax, intellectual property, federal and state procurements, Medicare and Medicaid.
• Review of proposed legislation and regulations, including research related to legislative history, monitoring notices of proposed and final regulations and bulletins, and assisting attorneys participating on legislative implementation teams.
• Prepare written documentation memorializing research for counsel and internal clients.
2. Litigation and Related Support
• Establish and maintain case files and calendars; assist with tangible and electronic document production and discovery; draft discovery documents, motions, memoranda, and routine case correspondence; assist with witness preparation, depositions, and trials; interface with opposing counsel, courts, administrative agencies, and other external entities; update and maintain regulatory action database and litigation spreadsheets.
• Coordinate and/or prepare the companies’ responses to certain legal proceedings such as bankruptcy notices, subpoenas for records, and employee and provider garnishments; maintain logs and tracking systems of such court issued documents.
• Assist in reviewing internal and external inquiries involving subscriber and provider contracts, grievances, and appeals.
3. Corporate Records Management
• Monitor and manage compliance with statutory and regulatory corporate governance requirements, including collecting and compiling information and documents.
• Provide requested documentation to attorneys or to internal staff, external auditors, and regulators for corporate records such as governing documents, board minutes, and records of corporate filings.
4. Corporate Filings
• Coordinate the collection of documents and records maintained by other departments in connection with corporate filings or administrative requests from regulators; manage the company’s response to requests for documents from regulators including the review of documents for privileged or protected information.
• Prepare and submit appropriate and timely filings for corporate affiliates, such as certificates of authority, tradename registration, business and TPA licenses, Forms B, and anti-fraud plans.
• Assist with corporate licensure filings including responding to inquiries from regulatory agencies and managing the maintenance of the licenses in good standing.
5. Department Records Management
• Assist business units with questions pertaining to record retention requirements.
• Update library materials and distribute updates of individual attorney legal reference books.
6. Intellectual Property and Brand Management
• Maintain and manage the inventory of CareFirst-owned trademarks, including working with internal and outside counsel on applications for new trademarks and the renewals of existing trademarks; collecting internal documents required for application and/or continuation of trademarks; and handling requests for and filing applications for copyright protection of corporate documents.
• Assist internal counsel in managing compliance with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (“Association”) brand use rules, including, reviewing correspondence, manuals, subscriber ID cards, promotional material and various other paper and electronic communications for compliance with brand regulations; preparing, updating, and presenting training materials to internal CareFirst departments on brand regulations; assisting with external communications, audits, and requests for approval involving the brand rules and the Association, including coordinating the 2-year brand use review and the triennial audit of CareFirst’s compliance with BlueCross and BlueShield licensing obligations.
7. Other Duties As Assigned
• Perform other duties, including preparing charts, graphs, and spreadsheets; reviewing and organizing documents; interact with attorneys’ clients to gather facts or other information at the direction of the attorneys; and other tasks as needed.
a. Five years of paralegal work experience; and a Bachelor’s degree and a paralegal certificate, or a Bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies; OR
b. Seven years of paralegal work experience; and an Associate’s degree and a paralegal certificate, or an Associate’s degree in paralegal studies.
This position demands strong analytical, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills. This individual must have (1) the ability to follow instructions and to be flexible/versatile; (2) the ability to work independently within the parameters set by and under the supervision of counsel; (3) the ability to work effectively in a fast paced environment with frequently changing priorities, deadlines, and workloads; and (4) the ability to meet established deadlines and handle multiple customer service demands from internal and external customers, within set expectations for service excellence. This position requires a regular in-office presence in order to meet with attorneys and internal clients.
This individual must be highly proficient in creating, editing, and modifying documents in Microsoft Word, including use of track changes and version control, highly proficient in the use of Adobe and similar programs for creation, labeling and maintenance of PDF documents as needed, highly proficient in communications by e-mail; proficient in Microsoft Excel; and able quickly to become proficient with other related technologies as needed.
Equal Employment Opportunity
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
Hire Range Disclaimer
Actual salary will be based on relevant job experience and work history.
Where To Apply
Please visit our website to apply: www.carefirst.com/careers
Please apply before: 3.17.21
Federal Disc/Physical Demand
Note: The incumbent is required to immediately disclose any debarment, exclusion, or other event that makes him/her ineligible to perform work directly or indirectly on Federal health care programs.
The associate is primarily seated while performing the duties of the position. Occasional walking or standing is required. The hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls and objects. The associate must frequently talk and hear. Weights up to 25 pounds are occasionally lifted.
Sponsorship in US
Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without Sponsorship