Practice Group Manager - Litigation

Sidley Austin LLP

$150K — $250K *


More than 4w ago


Experience:Not Specified

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Job Description


The purpose of this position is to manage the administrative support of the Litigation Practice Group, allowing practice group leaders to focus on leading the practice group and on practicing law; This position supports practice group leaders in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives; provides a seamless quality of service to lawyers and timekeeping staff; fosters teamwork and provides a positive working and service environment for all involved.

Duties and Responsibilities

Practice Group Support:

Facilicates time entry as well as billing by following up with attorneys and reporting to leadership

Schedules and prepares agenda for monthly partner meetings

Work Assignments:

Manages staffing by monitoring upcoming chargeable and business needs, identifying appropriate availability and recommending to the partners involved the associate assignments

Maintain oversight of current lawyer workloads

Ensure while considering current assignments and based on skill levels and available bandwidth the mix of case work giving attorneys an appropriate mix of work to grow skills in all areas of litigation

Human Resources:

Work with Partners and Legal Recruiting team to define and meet hiring needs of the practice group and to coordinate lateral hiring and onboarding

Manage and coordinate associate evaluations and reviews, that measure the specific skills of personnel in the practice group

Coordinate assistance in resolving lawyer conflicts and escalating to proper administrative resource

Assign mentors and assure that mentors/mentees have sufficient interaction

Professional Development:

Work with Partners and Lawyer Training and Development to meet the education needs of the practice group

Review notices of CLE and other programs and seminars specific to the practice and suggest attendance, as needed

Propose and frame in coordination with Lawyer Training & Development Department associate training in accordance with evolving client and associate needs

Marketing and Client Relations:

Works with Marketing Department for proper utilization of marketing functions, material updates and improvements

Collaborate with Marketing team on business development initiatives, including client seminars and entertainment.

Provide feedback and information on rankings and ratings

Other duties, assigned.

New York Applicants: Salaries may vary by location. In New York City, the estimated target salary range of this role is $175,000 - $250,000. Salary determinations are made based on numerous factors, such as, but not limited to, the relevant market and the skill, experience, class or graduation year, and education of the selected candidate.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Education and/or Experience:


Bachelor’s degree

Law firm experience

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and build credibility with lawyers

Possesses superior organizational and time-management skills, including the ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines

Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to work independently and be proactive

Strong computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint


Juris Doctor

Other Skills and Abilities:

In addition to the above, the following will also be required of the successful candidate:

Strong organizational skills

Strong attention to detail

Good judgment

Able to accept responsibility and take initiative

Strong interpersonal communication skills

Strong analytical and problem solving skills

Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others

Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion

Able to work under pressure

Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities

Perform other work-related duties and special projects, as required and assigned.

Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Sidley Austin LLP is a global law firm with more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide. The firm provides a broad range of legal services to clients in a variety of industries, including energy, financial services, healthcare, and technology. Sidley Austin LLP is known for its expertise in complex litigation, regulatory matters, and corporate transactions. The firm's clients include Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Sidley Austin LLP is committed to providing its clients with the highest levels of service and has been recognized for its excellence by numerous legal publications and organizations.
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