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Legal Practice Integration Manager

Job ID: 6086

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

Location: Houston, TX, United States

Category: Legal Recruiting & Development

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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

POSITION OVERVIEW

As a member of the Firmwide Attorney Engagement - Workflow Integration Department , the Legal Practice Integration Manager (Texas) will report to the Director of Legal Recruiting and Development (Texas) and help support the development of our attorneys, the needs of our Partners, and ultimately the Firm’s Open Assignment System across our Houston, Dallas, and Austin offices.  This person will assist Associates as they integrate and advance by facilitating access and introductions to new work matters and Partners.

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

  • Significant role in overseeing associate activity levels and helping anticipate associate capacity constraints and availability.
  • Promote and monitor the sharing of resources efficiently across client matters by building key relationships within the department to address and proactively manage scheduling conflicts.
  • Artfully balance the needs of the Open Assignment System, with thoughtful recommendations for both Partners and Associates regarding availability for matters.
  • Assist with pairing resources to projects to cope with personnel leaving or joining, or to meet changing client needs (to either delay or speed up the project).
  • Regularly communicate any changes in personnel on client matters, as well as any performance concerns raised by teams
  • Build key relationships with LRD and Corporate Practice attorneys to address resource needs and proactively manage conflicts.
  • Help integrate new hires into the Open Assignment System.  
  • Assist Partners in monitoring total headcount for long/short-term recruiting purposes.
  • Prioritize attorney availability recommendations based on client risk, specialization requirements, and timing constraints.
  • Consult with firm leadership as needed, to overcome any outstanding issues or conflicts.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required, JD preferred with transactional background.  Minimum of 7-10 years of relevant work experience in similar setting, law firm or professional services strongly preferred.
  • Candidates must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, project management, analytical skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.  Skilled in getting things done and overcoming obstacles to reach the goal. The ability to work effectively with all levels of management, and across all Kirkland departments and offices, is required. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Resource Management/Scheduling Tools, and other related applications
  • Strong presence in the face of complexity and time-constrained challenges
  • Proficient at negotiating and managing conflict
  • Proven client service focus, with an ability to resolve issues quickly, and with a sense of urgency
  • Flexible in adapting to constantly changing priorities

Technologies/Software

Computer proficient with knowledge and understanding of various database systems including Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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Closing Statement

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