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Business Development Assistant (Experience Management)

Job ID: 5470

Updated: Feb 1, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, 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


We are seeking an assistant to support the marketing/business development efforts of the Firm's core practices, specifically with respect to deal and case experience management. You will serve as a valuable resource to the Business Development (BD) team and be responsible for the research, collection, database entry and maintenance of historical and current experience.

This role has a strong focus on the research and analysis of case and deal documents, press releases, news items, and information from a variety of internal and external market intelligence and legal research platforms. You will need to be comfortable in an internal database environment and have the ability to simply (and concisely) convey complex information.

You will report to the Associate Director of Practice Intelligence BD. In addition to the core responsibilities, you will also communicate and collaborate daily with more than 100 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 judgment and an interest in a professional services career.


  • Engage in thoughtful, comprehensive research of the Firm's deal and case experience across a wide breadth of industries, geographies and matter types using a variety of internal and external resources, including PACER, Westlaw, Bloomberg, The Deal Pipeline, CapIQ, Deal Point, ThomsonOne, Corporate Affiliations and others.
  • Accurately capture and maintain comprehensive deals and cases in the Firm's experience database.
  • Maintain the integrity of all data through regular database audits.
  • Collaborate with other members of the practice intelligence team to refine and improve the existing database.


  • Assist with various other marketing initiatives that intersect with other functional areas within the marketing context.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Strong organization and communication skills with the ability to interact professionally with high-level attorneys, staff and guests of the Firm.
  • Meticulous data entry, writing and proofing skills.
  • A general facility for learning new software.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. One to two years of professional experience is required and law firm and/or database experience are a plus.


  • Microsoft Office Suite (proficiency in Word, PowerPoint and Excel are required)
  • Market intelligence and legal research platforms, including PACER, Westlaw, BoardEx, Rel Sci, Capital IQ, ThomsonOne, Preqin, Manzama, The Deal Pipeline, Pitchbook and Corporate Affiliations
  • Database/CRM Software (e.g., Content Pilot, InterAction, etc.)

How to Apply

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