Katten is a firm of first choice for clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services in the United States and abroad. Our nationally recognized practices include corporate, financial services, litigation, real estate, environmental, commercial finance, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property, and trusts and estates. Our more than 650 attorneys serve public and private companies, including a third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals. We provide full-service legal advice from locations across the United States and in London and Shanghai.
Summary for the Legal Project Manager
The Legal Project Manager (LPM) supports client-facing engagements to ensure successful implementation of legal service delivery models and plans. This position provides support for all practice groups and will affect efficiency, quality, profitability, competitive position and client satisfaction. This position will interact with legal and business professionals internally and externally, and will help structure and scale the Pricing and Legal Project Management team’s capability to provide direction, analytics and coordination to the legal engagements being executed by the Firm’s attorneys. This position may be located in either the Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles - Century City, New York or Washington D.C. office.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, the following. Other duties may be requested and/or assigned. Essential functions are primary job duties that an individual must be able to perform successfully with or without a reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Assist legal teams with the delivery of legal services for complex, high profile client engagements employing project management methods and tools.
Provide project management oversight, principles, methodologies and tools as defined by legal teams and practice groups for internal and client-facing projects across a variety of subject matter areas.
Establish and implement legal project management best practices for scoping, budgeting, monitoring and communicating throughout the lifecycle of an engagement.
Provide training and guidance on the principles and benefits of legal project management to all key stakeholder groups, including clients, the Firm and the attorneys.
Manage assigned projects and associated activities to ensure resources are channeled to produce planned deliverables on time and within scope and budget.
Work closely with attorneys to support and guide the entire project team in their effort to define and achieve business goals subject to the client’s needs and requirements.
Monitor the project scope management process to ensure key stakeholders are apprised of scope change requests and impact to project.
Coordinate with the Pricing team to ensure all learning and efficiency opportunities are integrated into ongoing pricing efforts.
Collaborate with team resources to plan for custom solutions and oversee the design, plan and implementation for client-facing technical or process solutions.
Follow policies, procedures and documentation created for the Pricing and Legal Project Management departments.
Manage multiple projects concurrently.
Train legal teams and clients on the implementation and fundamentals of the LPM.
Perform other duties, as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Bachelor’s degree is required; J.D. M.B.A. or PMP certification is preferred.
This position requires a minimum of 5 years of law firm or legal operations experience.
A minimum of three years of formal project management experience is preferred or equivalent work experience.
Understanding of project estimation and management approaches, tools and phases of the project lifecycle.
Capacity to learn new technology, tools and platforms.
Advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite, including Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
Proficiency of data analysis using advanced Excel analytical functions.
SQL & Microsoft SharePoint experience a plus.
Demonstrated ability to work across functional teams.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Ability to communicate with courtesy, diplomacy and discretion, efficiently follow written and verbal instructions, provide information and maintain effective relationships with a diverse group of attorneys, Firm management, clients, staff and outside contacts.
Excellent organizational, planning and project management skills including record keeping, data collection and system information. Ability to compile and analyze data and furnish concise, detailed information in report format, written correspondence, e- mail or verbally.
Exhibit high degree of initiative in managing multiple priorities simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, high-stressed, detail-oriented work environment. Ability to work with frequent interruptions and adapt to changes in workflow.
Excellent analytical and technical skills requiring an aptitude for detail, precision and logic with knowledge of all aspects of the business development process in order to perform the essential duties of the position. Proactive with excellent troubleshooting, problem resolution, and follow-through skills.
Ability to occasionally retrieve and distribute files, written documentation, or office supplies weighing up to 10 pounds.
Work occasionally requires more than 37.5 hours per week in all offices, except New York (35 hours per week), to perform the essential duties of the position.
We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental/vision, 401k with employer contribution; transportation fringe benefit program; back-up care option; generous paid time off policy; and long-term and short-term disability policies.
Katten will consider for employment qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Article 9 to Chapter XVIII of the Los Angeles Municipal Code.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer/AA-M/F/SO/Disability/Veteran.
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About Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 600 attorneys in locations across the United States and an affiliate in London. We strive to be a firm of first choice for clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services nationally and globally. While Katten offers an extensive range of legal services across numerous industries, our core areas of practice include corporate, financial services, litigation, real estate, commercial finance, intellectual property and trusts and estates. Among our clients are a wide range of public and private companies, including a third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals.
The firm has a uniquely flexible and entrepreneurial culture that fosters partnerships with our clients. Knowing the law is not enough. We understand our clients’ business objectives and address their legal needs in a manner that is consistent with the “big picture.” We have earned a reputation for being trusted business advisors, and we demonstrate our value every day in the successful results we achieve.
Katten further understands the advantage of diversity within the firm, ...and is consistently honored for its diversity program. We value the talents and perspectives of our diverse teams of attorneys, which enhance our ability to successfully serve our clients.
Katten and its attorneys serve the community with the same unwavering dedication, commitment to hard work and legal excellence that they bring to all matters handled by the firm. Through our pro bono program, attorneys and other legal professionals give their time, resources and talent to serve individuals and organizations in need, to engage in important national litigation, and to partner with local legal service providers to ensure access to the justice system.
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