Job ID: 7214
Updated: Jul 18, 2023
Location: Chicago, IL, 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 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
The Chicago office is seeking a Practice Assistant to provide legal, administrative and personal support to a Partner. The ideal candidate will have experience in handling a wide range of administrative, project related, and personal tasks. Candidate must be able to handle high pressure situations and not be easily intimidated by the demands of the position. With great attention to detail, the Assistant will need to multi-task and maintain a high level of organization. The candidate must be exceedingly well organized and flexible. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, creating, revising and formatting legal documents, spreadsheets and presentations using the Firm’s software; document comparison, transcription and proofreading. Answering phones, entering attorney time, managing calendars, travel arrangements and expense reimbursement along with other general administrative duties.
This position requires a professional, highly motivated, organized self-starter capable of functioning in a fast pasted, challenging legal environment. Strong interpersonal and communication skills along with the ability to work collaboratively are highly valued.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)
Uses word processing and document management software (Microsoft Office 2010, including PowerPoint & Excel, Workshare Compare, Adobe, DMS, etc.) 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 Legal Secretary is responsible for proofreading, correctly formatting and questioning any inconsistencies in all materials. Transcribes dictation, minutes of meetings or taped records of conferences and meetings.
Processes conflict checks and New Client/New Matter forms (KENI); enters time (Carpe Diem); processes expense reports (K&E Expense/Chrome River); receives, places, and screens telephone calls; schedules conference calls (Inter-Call); coordinates and schedules travel arrangements through web-based application; maintains attorney/legal assistant calendars (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/Catering (scheduling/arranging meetings and requested accommodations); Calendar Court Services; Reprographics Department; Digital Services, etc.
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’/colleagues’ current and future needs. Shares information and offers ideas and solutions in a team environment.
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 legal secretarial activities which may be highly confidential and sensitive, and require discretion and diplomacy.
Qualifications & Requirements
The ability to work the core business hours of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm with flexibility for overtime. Must have 3+ years of recent legal Executive Assistant or Legal Secretarial experience. Advanced proficiency in MS Word and formatting documents, Adobe Acrobat DC, PowerPoint and Excel experience are also strongly preferred.
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