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Legal Project Manager

Location: New York, NY
Date Posted: 05-09-2019

This position will assist lawyers with exemplary client service through advanced matter management and client management. The Legal Project Manager (LPM Analyst) is expected to understand the firm's business goals and support lawyers in value-added services to clients. This includes analyzing financial data, creating Excel-based financial reports, utilizing project management methodologies and tools, and building client communications tools (such as dashboards. The successful candidate will have a keen understanding of legal project management and the proper rigor to apply to a given legal matter to ensure best results. The candidate must be able to demonstrate significant intuitive flexibility in the choice and application of various finance, project and legal process management, disciplines and tools (depending on the type of engagement), and the real and acknowledged needs for matter management of the legal team. The candidate must be able to take a long-term view with regard to the successful adoption and acceptance of legal project management and the firm as a whole. The candidate must be comfortable working with-and leading teams of partners, associates and other legal personnel. Additionally, the candidate must be adept at navigating complex, high-pressure environments. The candidate will also interact directly with clients, maintaining and fostering positive relations while working on administrative and legal matters.

Essential Functions
  • Analyze data from financial systems and create Excel-based financial reports
  • Develop a keen understanding of law firm profitability metrics and key performance indicators--and how they interrelate--and demonstrate the ability to discuss those metrics with firm attorneys and clients
  • Make recommendations to attorney teams on how to improve client and matter profitability metrics
  • Assist legal teams in defining and documenting project scope, goals and deliverables that support business needs of both the Firm and our clients
  • Compare matter progress to budget and convey status to firm attorneys and clients
  • Assist with the development of large-scale budget and matter work plans and configure our current matter management system to underpin the execution of the plans
  • Estimate the resources and participants (staffing) needed to achieve project goals and provide input in the budget-creation and matter work plan-creation process
  • Consult on the use of pricing methods and alternative fee and value-based billing arrangements as needed
  • Consult on the use of alternative staffing approaches and automation where needed
  • Define project success criteria and disseminate data to involved parties throughout project lifecycle
  • Effectively communicate project expectations and status to firm attorneys and clients in a timely and clear fashion
  • Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential risks and devise contingency plans as appropriate
  • Manage multiple projects concurrently, juggling priorities, deadlines and essential project management duties for each respective project
  • Create and complete internal and external “after action reports” to facilitate the continuous improvement of the execution of our legal project management program and legal work at large
  • Build, develop and grow any business relationships vital to the success of the project
  • Travel to client locations and other offices, as needed
  • Partner with the Firm’s Knowledge Management, Pricing, Client Intelligence and Business Development groups to execute strategy and achieve program success
  • Conduct training on project management, process improvement, profitability and value services both at the firm and client level
  • Strategize with Client Value team regarding firm initiatives to drive efficiency and profitability
  • Negotiate rate and fee agreements with clients and prepare partners for similar discussions

Education:  Required: Undergraduate or MBA degree in finance or a related business field, Juris Doctor, or equivalent work experience.  Certification or Paralegal experience a plus.

Experience:  Minimum five years of work experience in finance or legal industry.  Willingness to obtain project management or legal project management certification.

  • Computer proficient with advanced skills in Microsoft Excel, Visio, and Project are required.
  • Must be able to learn, understand and apply finance skills and new technologies.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to quickly and effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure team –based environment is crucial.
  • Ability to respond appropriately to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Ability to read communication styles of team members and clients who come from a broad spectrum of disciplines.
  • Adept at conducting research into project-related issues and products.
  • Willingness to work remotely with the Global Team and maintain seamless communication.
  • Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential.
  • Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of sources, including senior partners, clients and other constituents.
  • Capable of walking the line between controlling and stifling the execution of a legal engagement by pairing the appropriate level of rigor and management to a matter.
  • Ability to respond to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently.
  • Ability to welcome change and embraces the challenges and opportunities therein.
  • Ability to bring projects to successful completion while navigating the related political and cultural environments.
  • Ability to be persuasive, encouraging and motivating and to maintain a client-service focus and mindset.

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