Legal Project Manager

McCarter & English   •  

Newark, NJ

5 - 7 years

Posted 279 days ago

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The Legal Project Manager (LPM) will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive legal project management program, with the objective of improving service delivery efficiency for the Firm’s clients and overall profitability for the Firm. 

The LPM should be a champion of improving the Firm’s client service and profit margin, and will be responsible for working collaboratively with its client service teams to accomplish these objectives.  Towards that end, the LPM’s essential duties will include:

  • Developing full-scale project plans for client matters, estimating the resources needed to achieve project goals and providing input on budgeting.

  • Working with the Firm’s attorneys and administration to implement best practices in human resource asset leverage (i.e., staffing) and staff matters as appropriate for leverage and efficiency.

  • Initiating ideas for improving profitability of matters.

  • Assisting with the development of profitable, but highly competitive pricing structures and alternative fee arrangements.

  • Developing legal project management tools, resources and technologies and utilizing project management techniques such as process mapping to identify where efficiencies in process and effectiveness in staffing can be achieved.

  • Training billing partners in methods to improve file planning and execution.

  • Conducting routine audits of matters on an ongoing basis to assess compliance with legal project management disciplines and provide feedback to partners.

  • Overseeing matter closing documentation, including gathering relevant matter intelligence for use in knowledge management and future pricing and project budgets.

  • Assisting in the analysis of the Firm’s client matters and offering recommendations as to matter intake or termination of engagements based on that analysis.

  • Participating in the construction of client pitches and responses to requests for proposals to assist in pricing analyses and to highlight the Firm’s legal project management capabilities.

  • Driving continuous improvement of processes, policies and procedures in support of both Firm and client legal project management objectives.

The Firm expects that the effective performance of these duties will result in improvement of the Firm’s profit margin, an increased success rate in competitive tenders and overall enhanced pricing and project management competence on the part of its partners.

The ideal candidate will have a JD or MBA degree, Project Management Professional certification or comparable experience and over five years of professional project managementexperience.  Experience in a large law firm or corporate legal department is strongly preferred.  The LPM should also possess the following qualifications:

  • High degree of professionalism with a strong customer service orientation, commitment to meeting deadlines and ability to multitask in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Understanding of law firm processes and attorney-client relationships.

  • Experience in managing large projects with complex variables and budgets.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with and lead teams of legal personnel.

  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate effectively with information technology, human resources, finance and marketing personnel.

  • A high degree of initiative and attention to detail. 

  • Experience in strategic thinking.

  • Demonstrated ability to research, collect and analyze data.

  • Expertise in the relevant technological tools and financial and data information systems.

  • Excellent understanding of contemporary pricing theory and practice, particularly as it relates to the pricing of professional services.