15 days old
2018-02-092018-03-11

Regional Business Practice Manager

WilmerHale
Palo Alto, California 94304
  • Job Type
    Employee
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Responsible for the daily management and business operations of the Litigation and Securities Departments in the Denver, Los Angeles, and Palo Alto offices, with a strong emphasis on work allocation, professional development, and relationship building.  Also responsible for oversight and handling of Palo Alto office HR matters including functional leadership and employee relations.   Act as a liaison with other Firm legal and administrative groups as needed.

Assists with proactively supporting client service by actively participating in the firm’s Service Excellence initiative.  Provides quality service to internal members/departments of the firm as well as external clients and vendors by displaying professionalism via electronic and print correspondence, over the telephone and in-person and by encouraging an atmosphere that rewards a “can do” attitude.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES*

Attorney Professional Development and Work Assignment Staffing

  • Manage billable and pro bono assignment process for the Litigation and Securities Departments in the Denver, Los Angeles, and Palo Alto offices, and collaborate with colleagues in the Practice Management Department to address cross-office staffing needs.
  • Provide counsel, senior associates, and associates with assignments that provide appropriate professional development opportunities commensurate with experience.
  • Frequent travel required among offices to meet with counsel, senior associates, and associates to discuss workload assignments and professional development goals and objectives.
  • Coordinate reassignment of projects when attorneys are on vacation or other leaves of absence. Assist in the administration of extended leave policies as needed.
  • Coordinate bi-annual evaluation process for counsel, senior associates, and associates, in conjunction with our Legal Personnel Department, partner mentors and Practice Management team.
  • Provide orientation support to junior associates and lateral hires.
  • Work with partners, Litigation Department Director and Securities Department Director and/or Directors of Professional Development and Training to plan and conduct formal training programs for counsel, senior associates, and associates.
  • Work with Department/Practice Group management, Department Practice Management team and Legal Personnel Department as requested to address personnel issues involving lawyers.

Department Management and Reporting

  • Assist in the preparation and implementation of Department and/or Practice Group strategic plans.
  • Assist in the preparation of Department and/or Practice Group reporting, including the preparation of monthly productivity reports to Department Leaders, Practice Group Leaders, he Management Committee, and the Chief Practice Management Officer.
  • Coordinate Department and Practice Group level projects as assigned by the Litigation Department Director and/or Securities Department Director.

Administrative and Operational Support

  • Provide administrative and operational support to the Litigation Department leaders and Securities Department leaders in the Denver, Los Angeles, and Palo Alto offices.
  • Assist in coordinating, planning, and providing follow-up support to Department and Practice Group meetings, retreats, and other group meetings. Maintain meeting notes and follow up on action items.  Coordinate room and technical requirements between firm’s various offices as necessary.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Business Development and Marketing

  • Provide support to the Litigation Department Director, Securities Department Director and Client Development Departments for Department and practice group marketing and business development activities, including pitches and RFPs.
  • Coordinate with the Client Development Department and Litigation and/or Securities Department Directors to track lateral partner integration initiatives.
  • Assist in the coordination of events involving members of the Departments as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Financial

  • Support Department Leaders and Finance Department with the tracking and management of alternative fee arrangements and other Matter Management reporting as necessary.

Human Resources

  • Serve as point of contact for support staff in the Palo Alto office for employee relations issues that arise locally.
  • Escalate local employee relations matters to appropriate Human Resources managers and/or functional leadership and office leadership as needed.
  • Assist with support staff transitions in the Palo Alto office, including onboarding and departure activities.
  • Assist with coordination and execution of Human Resources and Benefits events, meetings and activities.
  • Stay abreast of matters impacting staff morale in the Palo Alto office and communicate with appropriate functional leaders, Human Resources and Managing Director of Human Resources as needed. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to deal effectively with lawyers, staff and peer administrators.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to handle a wide variety of responsibilities.
  • Ability to identify and solve problems, take initiative and work independently under pressure.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; JD preferred.

Required Experience

Experience:

  • Minimum five years’ experience that is directly related to the duties or skills described herein.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability

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  • Human Resources
  • Benefits
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  • Financial Services
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