Practice Management, Professional Legal Management
We have an opening for a Litigation Practice Group Director who will play a key role in working with the Litigation Practice Group Leader (“PGL”) and subgroup leaders to develop and advance the practice group’s strategic plan and business operations. This role will enable the PGL and subgroup leaders to focus on the execution of the practice group’s strategy, client and new business development, attorney professional development, and significant practice group management issues that truly require partner-level involvement. This position can be based in our Mountain View or San Francisco office.
Management and Leadership: Works closely with the PGL and subgroup leaders to develop and follow through with the practice group’s strategic objectives. Manages all operations related to the practice group by working with attorneys and administrative departments. Introduces innovative approaches to improve the overall operation of the practice group, especially in areas that will result in improved service and value to the Firm’s clients.
Business Planning: Supports and advises the PGL in the development and implementation of annual business plans and practice group budget. Manages strategic initiatives and practice group goals by collaborating with other administrative departments. Identifies trends and issues to be addressed and makes recommendations to ensure the practice group achieves its goals.
Talent Development and Workflow Management: Manages the workflow system, monitors work assignments for all non-partner attorneys in the practice group and makes recommendations for improved workload distribution. Works closely with the Firm’s Legal Personnel and Training department to ensure the appropriate development, review, and training of practice group attorneys, as well as develop training content in conjunction with Knowledge Management and Innovation Delivery department.
Legal Operations Management: Works collaboratively and effectively with all administrative departments, including IT, Finance, Marketing, Legal Personnel and Training, and Recruiting to ensure the departments are aligned with the practice group’s goals.
Communications: Works with the PGL and subgroup leaders to develop all meeting and retreat agendas and facilitate planning and logistics. Develops and delivers internal communications and collaborates with the Marketing department regarding external communications as is appropriate.
Practice Management: Works with the Practice Management team in providing operational and administrative support for firmwide initiatives and strategic projects.
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
Established knowledge of the legal industry and law firm management.
Ability to continually learn and grow, to quickly absorb the nature of the group’s practice and its sub-specialties, and to regularly absorb new information about the practice group’s and Firm’s legal practice, business practices and the industries and technologies of its clients.
Executive gravitas and polish, with the ability to deal effectively with lawyers, staff professionals, and peer administrators, and to influence people at all levels to respond and collaborate without overt use of authority.
Self-motivated and enthusiastic, with proven ability to anticipate problems and move things forward with limited direction.
Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to oversee the development of new systems and processes and to suggest and execute solutions.
Superior client service ethic, communication, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to gather information from a broad range of sources and to influence others to make changes.
Highly organized, efficient and extremely detail-oriented, with the ability to stay productive under pressure with tight deadlines.
The ability to keep cool in a demanding environment (a sense of humor helps, too).
Reporting to the head of Practice Management, the ideal candidate will have a minimum 8-10 years of management experience that is directly related to the objectives, duties and skills described above, 3-5 years of law firm experience and a solid track record of success in a professional services environment. Exposure to a litigation practice or department is preferred. Bachelor’s degree required; JD or MBA preferred.
To be fully considered for this position, please apply directly online: http://www.fenwick.com/pages/Careers-Professional-Staff.aspx
Internal Number: R782
About Fenwick & West LLP
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.