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Attorney Engagement Assistant

Job ID: 7042

Updated: Mar 10, 2023

Location: San Francisco, CA, United States

Category: Legal Recruiting & Development


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 3,000+ lawyers) operating from 18 offices 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

We are looking for an Attorney Engagement Assistant to help support a high-growth team in Kirkland’s dynamic Bay Area offices, providing dedicated local support to Palo Alto and San Fransciso in order to connect attorneys to the right resource at the right time.

This role supports administrative tasks, reporting & metrics, multiple databases/platforms, events and logistics, and ad hoc requests. The ideal candidate will bring a unique blend of superior organizational skills, have the utmost attention to detail, have a “can do” positive attitude, and will work collaboratively with various internal and external stakeholders.

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

  • Assist with Attorney Engagement program and event logistics, including conference room reservations, catering and Conference Tech requests.
  • Track attorney mentoring program updates and assist with mentor assignment process
  • Assist with scheduling attorney engagement meetings including individual attorney check-ins
  • Provide administrative support for events and development programs (which may require lunch hour and evening overtime)
  • Ensure established guidelines and best practices are followed and identifies efficiencies

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

  • Interact with attorneys and staff at all levels while troubleshooting issues across multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Prepare and distribute materials for in-office and off-site events
  • Assist in meeting and event support while maintaining departmental calendars
  • Conduct accurate and timely entry of departmental data into various databases
  • Prepare check requests, process invoices and expenses in Chrome River
  • Miscellaneous administrative duties such as filing, creating labels, nametags, scanning and copying

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and one-plus years of work experience
  • Experience working for a law firm or professional services is preferred
  • The ideal candidate will:
  • Be highly organized, possess excellent proofing and communication (oral and written) skills with a strong attention to detail
  • Display an ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Show a professional demeanor and strong interpersonal skills
  • Build relationships among lawyers and staff to achieve results; this position requires a high level of collaboration with attorneys and staff and the ability to exercise independent judgment and confidentiality
  • Exhibit a proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as a working knowledge of relational databases


  • This job operates in a professional office environment.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

How to Apply

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Closing Statement

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