Paralegal - Real Estate (Chicago)

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 Real Estate practice group in Taft’s Chicago office.

We are seeking a paralegal with 2+ years' experience to support our Real Estate team in our Chicago office. All Taft employees operate under a “Client First” philosophy—in all things, we seek to provide exceptional services to our clients. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Draft basic real estate transaction documents, including commercial, residential, and estate conveyances.
  • Draft written actions and prepare officer's certificates.
  • Obtain title commitments, surveys and other due diligence materials; perform review and analysis.
  • Prepare and manage closing documents checklists.
  • Coordinate delivery of closing documents to title company.
  • Prepare closing books and coordinate post-closing matters.
  • Obtain public records searches.
  • Conduct on-line real estate research, including researching various state requirements for conveyances and transfer forms required by various states.
  • Record various real estate documents, including e-recording.
  • Prepare and file various corporate formations and qualifications; obtain entity certificates.
  • Assist lawyers with various real estate questions, research, document preparation and recordings.
  • Manage closing process for multi-unit, new construction condominium developments, including drafting and coordinating execution of conveyance documents, reviewing settlement statements, coordinating with title company and post-closing follow-up.
  • Draft and manage closing checklists and providing assistance in all aspects of multi-site, multi-state transactions.


  • 2+ years related experience.  
  • Paralegal degree/certificate, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills.
  • Ability to adapt to workplace stressors and competing priorities.
  • Ability to maintain client confidentiality.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.

Interested candidates should apply to Alycen Cummings,

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.