Attorney Professional Development, Professional Legal Management
Fenwick and West is seeking a Legal Personnel Manager who will serve as the primary point of contact for attorneys regarding legal personnel matters. The Legal Personnel Manager is charged with the administration of programs and policies to assure the effectiveness and career satisfaction of the firm’s attorneys throughout the U.S. and in Shanghai. These efforts will support Fenwick’s reputation and contribute to its competitive edge as a preeminent law firm, comprised of excellent attorneys providing the highest quality of cost-effective legal services.
The Legal Personnel Manager will report to the Legal Personnel Director and work with Practice Management Department to integrate new attorneys, help all attorneys to become successful legal practitioners, facilitate open communication between partners and associates, and encourage the existence of a strong firm community. This position can be based in our Mountain View or San Francisco office.
Perform the role of “HR Manager for Attorneys” with respect to personnel issues pertaining to the firm’s associates, staff attorneys, patent agents and engineers, and privacy professionals.
Address questions about firm personnel policies and procedures such as: leaves of absence, flexible vacation, performance reviews, hours elections, career development plans, work opportunities, grievances, interpersonal challenges involving a supervisor or peer, compensation and bonus matters, reduced schedules and other flexible work arrangements, office transfers, mentoring, coaching needs, transitions, and outplacement counseling.
Manage and support evaluation processes and related communications for associates, staff attorneys, patent agents and engineers, and privacy professionals (i.e., spring cycle, fall cycle, and upward reviews) in collaboration with practice group leaders and directors.
Manage and support year-end salary and bonus compensation for associates, staff attorneys, patent agents and engineers, and privacy professionals in collaboration with practice group leaders and directors.
Work with confidential and informal mentors and advisors; facilitate problem-solving and intervention where appropriate.
Oversee and monitor performance improvement plans.
Work and collaborate with HR regarding attorney benefits, firmwide policies and procedures, and issues raised by attorneys that involve staff.
Liaise between partners and associates in all offices and work to create a sense of community within the firm.
Oversee exits, including ensuring exit interviews are conducted with departing associates to obtain information that might improve the firm’s retention performance.
Liaise with practice group director and client services team on developing effective processes and programs to help attorneys who wish to leave the firm find jobs that make full use of their abilities and meet their personal needs for career satisfaction.
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
4+ years of relevant experience in a law firm or professional services environment; management experience required.
Demonstrated ability to deliver high-quality work while maintaining a client service focus.
Must have strong written and oral communication skills, proven experience at diplomacy and effective listening skills.
Excellent project management and organizational skills, and strong attention to detail.
Highly motivated, proactive self-starter that demonstrates ownership, commitment to the job, initiative and strong work ethic.
Proven collaboration skills and ability to build strong relationships across attorney populations and staff professionals.
Ability to inspire confidence in attorneys and staff at all levels.
Ability to multi-task and handle stringent deadlines.
Demonstrated good judgment and discretion as to confidential and sensitive matters.
Ability to deal effectively with change in fast-paced and changing environments.
Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree or JD preferred.
Fenwick & West is a top-tier law firm with an open and inclusive culture. With more than 300 attorneys and 400 employees in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Seattle and New York, we work with companies on the cutting edge of technology, life sciences and cleantech. For more than four decades, our Firm has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders. We are proud to have been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area for the twelfth year.