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Associate Director of Innovation & E-Discovery

Job ID: 7726

Updated: Apr 2, 2024

Location: San Francisco, CA, United States

Category: Information Technology


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

  • We are seeking an Associate Director to join our team, primarily responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of e-discovery operations and supporting innovation initiatives, working closely with the Associate Director of Litigation & Practice Delivery to ensure alignment with strategic goals. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in e-discovery and general legal technology, a passion for operational excellence, and the ability to drive innovation in a supportive capacity.

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

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of e-discovery and innovation applications, ensuring reliability, performance, and user satisfaction.
  • Provide technical guidance and leadership to the Litigation & Practice Technology team, and Practice Innovation team, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and excellence.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate e-discovery and innovation solutions with other legal and business applications.
  • Develop and implement strategies to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of e-discovery and innovation delivery processes.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends and advancements in e-discovery technology and evaluate potential impacts on operations.
  • Support innovation initiatives within the team, contributing technical insights and operational perspectives to new projects.
  • Ensure compliance with legal, regulatory, and organizational standards and best practices in e-discovery technology management.
  • Assist with budget planning, procurement of new software solutions, and license/subscription renewals.
  • Develop and/or lead change management efforts across all phases of projects and initiatives to drive the Firm’s culture of continuous improvement.

OTHER FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary. Delete if not applicable.)

  • Any other functions/duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science is preferred, Information Technology, or a related field.
  • Significant experience in e-discovery and legal application management, with a proven track record of operational excellence.
  • Strong technical acumen, with expertise in e-discovery tools and technologies, and general legal technology tools
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills, with the ability to guide and motivate a technical team.
  • Familiarity with legal processes and requirements related to e-discovery.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with stakeholders across the organization.
  • Innovative mindset, with a willingness to explore and support new ideas and solutions.
  • Proven change management skills.


  • E-Discovery Case Management Applications (ie. Relativity, Reveal, etc.), Innovation applications trending in legal tech today and in the future (ie. closing book automation, document automation, Generative AI, etc).

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