Paralegal - Japan Practice

At Taft, we work as one team, driven and committed to helping our clients succeed. A full-service law firm with approximately 675 attorneys and 1,000 on our team firm-wide, we have the collaborative approach, advanced technological resources, and depth of services that make us a preeminent law firm in the Midwest.

Taft is seeking a paralegal to support our Japan Practice in Taft’s Cincinnati office.

We are seeking a paralegal who speaks fluent English and Japanese to support the Japan practice in our Cincinnati Business group.  All Taft employees operate under a “Client First” philosophy—in all things, we seek to provide exceptional services to our clients. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Follow the ethical requirements set forth by the Rules of Professional Conduct of the applicable jurisdiction.
  • Demonstrate professional, clear and concise oral and written communications.
  • Draft routine legal documents and correspondence specific to the Japan practice.
  • Conduct factual legal research and analysis relevant to the Japan practice using all available resources, including print and electronic sources.
  • At the direction of the assigning attorney, correspond with government agencies, vendors, and clients.
  • Create, maintain, and retire files in accordance with Taft’s Information Governance Policy.
  • Prioritize work, monitor deadlines, and communicate the same to the assigned legal team; monitor calendar deadlines on matters and coordinate efforts with attorneys.
  • Arrange for procurement of outside services (e.g. translation and evaluation services) and work with vendors to provide quotes to supervising attorney.
  • Perform reviews of various legal documents.
  • Process invoices for client disbursements and firm expenses for payment.
  • Timely enter, review, and correct time entries.


  • Paralegal degree or certificate and at least two years of related experience in a law firm setting preferred.
  • Must be fluent in English and Japanese language and possess knowledge of Japanese cultural business practices.
  • Must maintain the confidentiality of client information.
  • Demonstrated strong attention to detail and follow-up.
  • Proficiency in the following software applications is preferred but not required:
  • Case management software and/or specialty practice area software (i.e. Tracker, FLAG, and/or CEAC); computerized legal research programs (i.e. AILALink);  Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint; Nuance PDF Converter; DeskSite/FileSite/iManage.

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to Alycen Cummings at

Taft is a State of Minnesota and City of St. Paul Affirmative Action Employer as required in those jurisdictions. Taft is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The information in this posting presents general duties, tasks, and responsibilities but is not intended to be an exhaustive listing.