Litigation Docket Clerk

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Title :

Litigation Docket Clerk

Location :

Palo Alto

Job Summary

Gibson Dunn is a leading global law firm, advising clients on significant transactions and disputes. Our exceptional teams craft and deploy creative legal strategies that are meticulously tailored to every matter, however complex or high-stakes. The firm’s work is distinguished by a unique combination of precision and vision.

Based in California, the Litigation Docket Clerk will be responsible for the daily activities in a Managing Attorney’s Office, with a focus on calendaring using the firm’s calendaring database (CourtAlert), retrieval of court documents; maintaining and updating all related databases; processing and calendaring incoming court documents, checking dockets for updates and running calendar reports; communicating with  attorneys and other members of the firm regarding MAO calendaring and docketing  procedures.

This role reports to the Litigation Docket Supervisor.


Responsibilities include:

  • Provide support to litigation attorneys, including calculating deadlines, retrieval of documents
  • Track critical dates and related details and communicate information with attorneys, paralegals and/or staff as necessary
  • Review court filings and enter calendar deadlines in centralized docketing software (CourtAlert)
  • Strong research ability and knowledge of court rules and procedures
  • Search cases using software and internet resources as necessary
  • Backup assistance with review of court filings to ensure compliance with court rules and procedures (depending on experience)
  • Backup assistance for electronic court filings for state, federal district and appellate courts (depending on experience)
  • Assist with other administrative projects or provide general back-up support as necessary.


  • An understanding of court docketing and calendaring procedures and familiarity with court filings and general rules of court for processing pleadings.
  • Excellent organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and experience with rules-based calendaring software (e.g. CourtAlert, CompuLaw, MA3000, et al.) desirable.
  • Experience with federal, state and local court systems, including electronic filing systems (i.e. NYSCEF, NexGen, PACER, et al.).
  • General level of knowledge of court rules and procedures in California state and federal courts.


  • Experience working in a large law firm highly desired
  • Minimum of 3 years of prior experience in litigation docketing desired
  • Familiarity with CourtAlert (or other rules-based calendaring software) preferred
  • Experience with firmwide calendaring preferred



Gibson Dunn will consider for employment qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of local law.



Compensation & Benefits:

The annual compensation range for this position is $80-95k. The salary offered within this range will depend upon qualifications and other operational considerations.

Benefits offered for this position include health care; retirement benefits; paid days off, including sick time, and vacation time; parental leave; basic life insurance; Flexible Spending Accounts; as well as discretionary, performance-based bonuses.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity for all partners, employees and applicants and, in accordance with the applicable federal and state laws, does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, color, religion, matriculation or political affiliation, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, ancestry, age, marital status or partnership status, family responsibilities, disability, medical condition, personal appearance, genetic information, predisposing genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, military status, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, arrest or conviction record, or on any other basis prohibited by law.