Business/Legal Research Analyst; DLA Piper; Palo Alto

Job ID #: 496
Functional Area: Research
Experience Required: 3+ years
Position Type: Full-Time Regular
Education Required: Masters Degree
Location: Palo Alto

DLA Piper, a leader in the practice of law worldwide, seeks a Business and Legal Research Analyst for the Palo Alto office. The Business and Legal Analyst provides research expertise and analysis to lawyers, paralegals and staff. Must be able to quickly evaluate all research inquiries to determine the best methods and resources necessary to complete each request. Prioritizes requests, analyzes results, compiles answers and communicates research findings in a clear and concise manner. May perform training and conduct outreach activities at the local office level.

  • Conducts research and/or fact-checking in a wide range of topical areas including, but not limited to, legal, business/corporate, patent and IP, public records, legislative history, medical and news/media.
  • Compiles research results, summarizes data and communicates methodology and results clearly.
  • Uses critical thinking to analyze each request and identify the best research resources for efficient and cost-effective resolution.
  • Assists with the training of attorneys and staff on the effective use of legal and business research resources.
  • Conducts local office orientations for new hires. Explains the operations of the research department. Markets library services and resources.
  • Participates in the regular review and evaluation of new and existing electronic resources with an eye toward improved service and research efficiencies.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuing education by attending workshops and webinars for professional development and regular review of professional literature.
  • Aligns with specific practice groups to support their long-term goals, business development, competitive intelligence and resource needs.
  • Various administrative duties as assigned (manage local resources, etc.).
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A minimum of a Masters Degree in Library/Information Services required.
  • A JD degree is preferred.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for degree requirement.
  • Three to five years of experience conducting research in a legal setting, preferably in a law firm environment.
  • Experience performing extensive research using tools such as Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg BNA and others is required.
  • Strong research skills required to conduct research on a variety of legal and business topics.
  • Specialized knowledge relating to IP is required.
  • Experience with marketing, knowledge management, competitive intelligence or disciplines such as business management and market research is highly desirable.
  • Willing and able to work 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pacific required.


DLA Piper is one of the largest business law firms in the world and one of the most recognized law firm brands globally. In just eight years since our firm’s founding, we have established ourselves as an innovative and entrepreneurial firm that is deeply committed to our global core values of people, clients and community. In fact, it is the individual members of the DLA Piper team—the combination of talented lawyers and business professionals working together—that define our success and drive our growth.

DLA Piper provides its employees with highly competitive salaries and benefits, including eligibility for year-end bonuses, profit sharing eligibility, a generous paid-time-off policy and a 401k plan. Employees are recognized and rewarded for their achievements through annual performance evaluations and salary reviews. The firm encourages ongoing personal development and supports a healthy work/life balance.

Qualified applicants are invited to apply by visiting the Careers section of our website, completing the online application and submitting a cover letter to include salary history.

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We are (DLA Piper) an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
Agency applications will not be considered.

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