Legal Practice Assistant - Political Law - posted 2/4/19

Legal Practice Assistant - Political Law - posted 2/4/19

Company Name: 
Perkins Coie LLP
FT/PT Status: 
Full Time
Location
Washington
DC
Salary Range: 
Job Summary: 

The Washington DC office of Perkins Coie LLP is seeking a Legal Practice Assistant to support our Political Law practice group. This position provides routine administrative support to designated attorneys, paralegals, and other Legal Practice Assistants.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Proactively maintain overview of timekeepers' workload and caseload; anticipate next steps and implement follow-up procedures to ensure each task is appropriately tracked and carried through to completion.
  • Create, edit, revise, redline, and/or proofread documents from dictation, handwritten, typed, and/or electronic copy.
  • Maintain timekeepers' calendars of meetings and business trips, using current software applications, and apprise them of responsibilities in advance of commitment.
  • File paper and electronic documents with appropriate courts and agencies and ensure proper procedures are followed and deadlines are met.
  • Receive, screen, and transmit telephone and conference calls in a professional manner and take accurate telephone messages for timekeepers, clients, and staff as required.
  • Process and route incoming mail, faxes, and electronic communications upon receipt.
  • Prepare outgoing mail (including boxes/packages for shipment) for prompt delivery, arranging for messenger services as needed to meet deadlines.
  • Coordinate with docketing specialist, including review of docketing reports for accuracy of dates, to ensure court or agency documents/actions for legal proceedings meet firm docketing requirements.
  • Coordinate preliminary conflicts checks with Professional Standards to ensure attorney and firm ability to represent requesting party.
  • Prepare new client/matter intake forms and engagement letter.
  • Assist with billing process, including daily time entry – entering, proofreading, spellchecking, and releasing – and distribute monthly proformas, and prepare final with cover letter (if appropriate) in accordance with firm or department procedures.
  • Prepare accounting documents as required, including check requests, expense and travel reimbursement requests, and trust documents.
  • Coordinate client/attorney/administrative conferences, meetings, and appointments for timekeepers and clients, including conference room scheduling, scheduling visitor offices, meals, preparation of materials, and arrangements with a third party as needed (e.g., court reporter/videographer).
  • Coordinate travel arrangements, securing air, hotel, and car plans for timekeepers.
  • Set up and maintain administrative and client files; file electronic and/or paper documents and information promptly and accurately.
  • Maintain file organization and updated indices (office dependent).
  • Perform copying, scanning, and faxing tasks.
Requirements or Qualifications: 
Specific Skills Preferred: Ability to accurately type 65 wpm, communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and establish effective working relationships throughout operational groups. Strong command of the English language including excellent spelling, grammar, punctuation, form and style. Good knowledge of personal computer and system utilities or other comparable document production software. Familiarity with basic office equipment. Good organizational skills for prioritizing workload. Ability to compose correspondence. Basic knowledge of library operations and records storage procedures for retrieving materials and files for case work. Basic knowledge of records management. Familiarity with state and federal court and administrative agency rules, procedures, and deadlines. Basic understanding of legal terminology and procedures pertinent to the area of assignment. Education & Experience: Requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Previous law firm experience of three or more years or equivalent preferred.
Application Process: 
https://www.perkinscoie.com/en/about-us/careers/professional-staff/job-listings/legal-practice-assistant-job-s20181207-washingto
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