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Business Development Assistant

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Job ID: 4909

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States

Category: Business Development

About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

  • Support events and sponsorships such as client-facing Firm-hosted events, industry conference and charitable sponsorships, speaking engagements, client entertainment and other event activities related to the promotion of the West Coast practices. The candidate will assist with the all aspects of the execution, including attendance tracking and follow-up. Some travel to events may be necessary as well as flexibility to work out of both the Los Angeles or Century City offices.
  • Provide assistance with the development and accuracy of marketing collateral including practice descriptions, brochures, PowerPoint templates, deal summaries, accolade summaries and attorney biographies.
  • Assist with the execution of client-facing pitch materials, responses to RFPs and client presentations, including proofreading, formatting (must have excellent PowerPoint skills), editing, printing, binding and delivery.
  • Update data in the Firm’s marketing contact relationship management (CRM) database, including the review and creation of mailing lists used for direct mail campaigns.
  • Conduct online and database research and prepare intelligence reports on clients, potential clients, competitors and industries of interest to the West Coast practices.
  • Assist with survey responses and award submissions.


  • Provide general assistance to the BD Director relating to the initiatives of the West Coast offices and department. 
  • Provide administrative support, including expense reports, phone support, filing, etc.

Qualifications & Requirements

Kirkland & Ellis is seeking an entry level, energetic, organized assistant to join the West Coast Business Development (BD) team in Los Angeles. This position reports to the BD Director in LA and will work closely with the local team, as well as BD colleagues in the Bay Area.


You will need to possess strong organizational, writing and time management skills with the ability to interact professionally with high-level attorneys, staff and guests of the Firm. You must be able to work independently while making intelligent, informed decisions. A successful candidate should have the ability to multitask and prioritize while working in a deadline-driven environment.


The West Coast Assistant will also communicate and collaborate daily with the more than 100 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to the broader BD, marketing and communications efforts of the Firm. Our international marketing 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 and an interest in a professional services career.

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Experience in either a law firm, finance or investment banking environment a plus.
  • Excellent client service orientation and listening skills, with comfort interacting with key Business Development personnel.
  • Attention to detail is imperative.


The position is currently located in Downtown Los Angeles, but will be relocated to Century City in December of 2019.


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