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Practice Assistant

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Job ID: 6982

Updated: Jan 26, 2023

Location: San Francisco, CA, United States

Category: Legal Secretary/Practice Asst


About Kirkland & Ellis

At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.
As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and management; restructurings; high-stakes litigation and trials; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,500+ lawyers) operating from 19 cities across the United States, Europe and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

The San Francisco office is seeking a service-oriented Practice Assistant to support an assigned group of IP litigation attorneys and/or paralegals.  Administrative responsibilities include managing busy calendars, coordinating meetings and travel arrangements; interfacing with clients, Firm committees and departments, both on the telephone and in person; new business intake; answering phones, entering attorney time, managing expense reimbursements, and occasional personal business.  Technical responsibilities include creating, revising and formatting legal documents, including, but not limited to pleadings, claim charts, discovery request, spreadsheets and presentations using the Firm’s software (Office 365, Adobe and DMS); document comparison, transcription and proofreading and the ability to navigate Westlaw and working with claim charts.

This position requires a professional, organized self-starter with the ability to interact with staff and clients at all levels in a fast-paced legal environment.  A proactive work ethic, the ability to anticipate the needs of the assignment and respond accordingly, strong decision making skills, attention to detail, and a flexible schedule, including the ability to travel out of town to support business needs when necessary, are a must.

Essential Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

Document Preparation:

Ability to use word processing and document management software (Microsoft 365, PowerPoint and Excel, Litera, Adobe, iManage, and Best Authortiy) to prepare and revise, format and finalize a wide variety of documents, including correspondence, memoranda, and legal materials.  In conjunction with the preparation of such documents, the Practice Assistant is responsible for proofreading, correctly formatting and questioning any inconsistencies in all materials. 

Administrative Support:

Prepares conflict checks and New Client/New Matter forms using the firm platform (KENI); enters attorney time (Carpe Diem); prepares expense reports (Chrome River); receives, places, and screens telephone calls; schedules conference calls; coordinates and schedules travel arrangements through web-based application; calendar management (Outlook Calendars).  Conducts internet research as directed by attorneys.


Interacts on a daily basis with departments within the Firm to facilitate highest possible legal support to assignments and clients, including Accounting (check requests); General Services (mail, FedEx, UPS, messengers); Conference Center (scheduling/arranging meetings and requested accommodations); Calendar Court Services; Reprographics Department; Digital Services, etc.  Exposure to deposition and hearing preparations preferred.


File Maintenance:

Establishes and maintains paper and electronic files in compliance with current Firm policies utilizing the Firm’s LegalKEY system and Document Management System.


Customer/Client Service and Teamwork:

Provides assistance to other Practice Assistants within assigned teams whenever necessary to meet Firm and client needs; organizes and prioritizes workload so as to most efficiently enable and facilitate team effort to accomplish Firm and client goals.  Fosters professional, cooperative and supportive relationships with peers, superiors and clients.  Anticipates and identifies clients’ and colleagues’ current and future needs.  Shares information and offers ideas and solutions in a team environment.


Professional Demeanor:

Exhibits professionalism by recognizing and adhering to all Firm policies, including attendance guidelines, dress code, security measures, and confidentiality requirements.  Maintains positive, professional, courteous and flexible demeanor when dealing with clients and colleagues.  Performs complex Practice Assistant activities which may be highly confidential and sensitive, and require discretion and diplomacy.


Reporting Relationships:

Reports directly to the Practice Assistant Manager. On a day-to-day basis, works primarily under the direction of an assigned group of Attorneys and/or Paralegals.  In addition, works in a team situation with Practice Assistants to most effectively and efficiently meet Firm/client needs.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

The ability to work the business hours of 8:30 am - 5:00 pm or 9:00 am -5:30 pm with flexibility for overtime and out-of-town travel, as required.  Must have 3+ years of litigation experience. Must have high school diploma.  Associate degree preferred.


Advanced proficiency in MS Word and formatting documents with a minimum typing speed of 55+ words per minute required.  Adobe, PowerPoint and Excel experience are also strongly preferred.

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