Paralegal - 90283748 - Washington

Date: Mar 17, 2023

Location: Washington, District of Columbia, US, 20001

Company: Amtrak

Your success is a train ride away!

As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to our employees.


Are you ready to join our team?

Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.


This position is responsible for efficient reliable and self-directed, as appropriate, support to in-house Tort Claims Litigation attorneys, Outside counsel, and Claims professionals in a team environment.




  • Works with in-house counsel, Claims, Human Resources, Operations, and other internal groups regarding the collection and maintenance of evidence and discovery materials related to litigation brought under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) and related federal laws and regulations, and other personal injury and property damage claims and litigation brought by business invitees, passengers, contractors, pedestrians and motorists at railroad crossings, trespassers and other third parties. 
  • Works with Claims, in-house, and outside defense counsel to support developing defenses in claims and litigation, in responding to written discovery, including researching and gathering internal corporate/system-wide information; and identifying corporate witnesses and corporate records as needed.
  • Aids in coordination and organization of Claims teams’ immediate response and claimant contact related to mass tort events, liaises with Emergency Management as needed. 
  • Performs internet searches and other on-line research regarding witnesses, issues and other information.
  • Assembles and maintains library banks for internal resources, commonly produced material, research and brief databases.
  • Prepares responses to third-party subpoenas and FOIA requests.
  • Assists in preparing, implementing, and managing litigation holds.
  • Additional duties as required and as abilities progress. 
  • Incumbent is responsible for file maintenance, including mailings, copying, scanning and filing.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or Paralegal Certificate
  • A minimum of three to five years of relevant experience working in a law firm or corporate legal department environment, including an understanding of the litigation process
  • Experience evaluating and responding to discovery and/or subpoenas.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be able to work in a busy environment and prioritize and manage multiple ongoing matters and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Ability to work effectively and professionally with internal clients and outside counsel. 
  • Ability to work with a variety of personalities in a strong team environment
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Excellent organizational, research, investigational and analytical skills  
  • Excellent work ethic and prior job performance  
  • Ability to manage a heavy workload 
  • Ability to organize and analyze large volumes of information and documents
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet constant deadlines
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Availability to travel as needed
  • Expert with MS Office Applications



  • Experience working with railroads or other industrial environments with extensive personnel policies, labor agreements, and discipline processes.
  • Experience working in the transportation or insurance industries.
  • Quick learner and ability to multi-task with minimal supervision.




  • Lifts, carries or otherwise moves and case boxes weighing up to 15 pounds. 
  • Requires working in the office environment several days a week.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $65,160 - $84,450. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, internal equity, etc. Depending on an employee’s assigned worksite or location, Amtrak may consider a geo-pay differential to be applied to the employee’s base salary. Amtrak may offer additional incentive and pay programs to recognize and reward our employees, including a short-term incentive bonus based upon factors such as individual and company performance that is commensurate with the level of the position and/or long-term incentive plan compensation. In addition to your salary, Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; health savings accounts; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with employer match; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; paid time off; back-up care; adoption assistance; surrogacy assistance; reimbursement of education expenses; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.

Requisition ID:157813
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia
Job Family/Function:Legal 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

All positions require pre-employment background check verification, a pre-employment drug screen and proof of full vaccination against COVID -19. Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.   Successful applicants for employment with Amtrak must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for accommodation.  Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for public transportation ( Title 6 U.S.C. § 1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.

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