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Client Engagement Assistant

Job ID: 7685

Updated: Mar 18, 2024

Location: New York, NY, United States

Category: Business 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 alternative asset management; restructurings; high-stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation; 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 20 offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

As a Client Engagement and Events Assistant in our New York office, you will play a key role in creating memorable experiences for clients and friends of the Firm, including seminars and webinars, networking events, private dinners, and gifting. You should possess strong organizational and time management skills, and be able to work independently while making intelligent, informed decisions. Our high-stakes, deadline-driven environment requires the ability to multitask and prioritize effectively while ensuring all activities are in line with Firm policies, procedures, and standards. We expect you to have a knowledge of local venues and an eagerness to share new ideas with the team. Superior service should be your top priority for our clients and attorneys alike. The candidate must be willing and able to work both early mornings, later nights and occasional weekends.

You will also collaborate daily with approximately 160 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to the broader business development, marketing and communications efforts of the Firm. Our international BD team provides seamless service to our attorneys with a focus on quality, innovation and responsiveness. In short, we are looking for a self-starter, with good judgement, creativity and an interest in a professional services career.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary).

  • Assist with all aspects in the creation and planning of in-person and virtual client events, ensuring all events are aligned with Kirkland’s brand.
  • Provide on-site support and ensure the smooth execution of all events, supporting receptions and dinners.
  • Maintain the integrity of client data in the CRM and curate targeted client lists for various marketing campaigns and client programming.
  • Track and manage the event budgeting process and complete ROI documentation.
  • Source and manage client gifts and giveaway inventory.
  • Flexibility for overtime is a must.


  • The candidate may also be called upon to assist with various other initiatives that intersect with other functional areas within the business development context.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • A four-year degree is required.
  • Law firm or event experience is preferred.


  • A solid command of a number of different software applications to produce high-end, professional work product, including extensive experience in PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Experience with InterAction or an equivalent Contact Relationship Management (CRM) system is a plus.


This role requires interaction with attorneys and administrative personnel regularly, as well as communicating to various groups within the Business Development Department. The successful candidate will possess outstanding proofreading and communication (oral and written) skills, and the ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced environment with meticulous attention to detail and a professional demeanor.

How to Apply

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