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Legal Secretary

Company: Goodwin Procter LLP
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Make an impact at Goodwin, Make an impact at Goodwin, where we partner with our clients to practice law with integrity, ingenuity, agility and ambition. Our 1,600 lawyers across the United States, Europe and Asia excel at complex transactions, high-stakes litigation and world-class advisory services in the technology, life sciences, real estate, private equity and financial industries. Our unique combination of deep experience serving both the innovators and investors in a rapidly-changing, technology-driven economy sets us apart. Also a global destination for business professionals, Goodwin's team of professional staff was named in 2019 the "Best Business Team" by The American Lawyer.

As a Legal Secretary, you will provides high quality and efficient legal secretarial and administrative services, by maintaining good client relationships and providing professional support to a team of attorneys, specialists, legal assistants, managers and directors. Relieves team members of clerical work and minor administrative and business detail. This requires (i) teamwork; (ii) the ability to work closely and effectively with others; (iii) strong communication and technical skills; (iv) ability to prioritize and establish work objectives, and (v) the ability to work under deadlines, time pressures, and a generally high level of demand.

What you'll do:

  • Client Service: Answers telephone calls and takes accurate and complete messages, gives information to callers, refers to others, or holds for team members. Provides relevant and timely information to clients and team members (including times when they are out of the office) in a professional, courteous, and effective manner.
  • Retrieves voice mail messages, arranges conference calls.
  • Document Preparation: Prepares accurate, error-free, and properly formatted legal papers and correspondence from dictation, tapes, or handwritten drafts. Compile, type, revise, combine, edit, print, and store documents. Compiles materials to be typed following written or oral instructions from supervisor or person requesting document to determine format desired, number of copies needed, priority, and other requirements. Reads instructions and accompanying material or follows verbal instructions from supervisor or person requesting document to determine format and content required. Establishes spacing, margins, type size, style and color, and other parameters, using computer and word processing software. Types, revises, and combines material such as correspondence, reports, records, forms, minutes of meetings, scientific or technical material, numerical data, and tabular information from rough draft, corrected copy, recorded voice dictation, or previous version. Checks completed document for spelling errors, using software. Proofreads and edits documents for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and format. Corrects errors. Inputs data for revision or editing. Files documents and emails in the Firm's electronic document software. Distributes correspondence using scanning, PDF, email or hard copy delivery. May compile and type statistical reports. Possesses proficient technical user knowledge of advanced functions of Microsoft Word 2010 word processing software and 60 wpm typing speed. Adaptable to learning new software.
  • Time Entry/Billing: Inputs team members' time entries on a daily basis. Opens new client and/or matter numbers; performs conflict checks; demands prebill selection of monthly bills for attorney review; makes appropriate transfers, write-offs, and corrections; applies retainers, on account fees, and on account disbursements for third-party billings; handles special billing requests from clients, i.e., travel detail, special billing formats; copies, mails and forwards copies of finalized bills to Accounting Department; maintains billing files; receives, copies, files and submits client checks to Accounting Department; prepares client audit reports; acts as liaison with Accounting Department on past due receivables.
  • Scheduling: Schedules appointments, including meetings, conferences, court dates, and depositions for team members. Coordinates work flow and prioritizes work so that all deadlines can be met. Arranges travel schedule and reservations for team members. Reserves conference room(s) for meetings; arranges for special equipment, and coordinates catering services.
  • Mail: Reviews, prioritizes, and routes incoming mail. Prepares outgoing mail and overnight packages using the postage-metering machine, scale, and Federal Express Power ship. Coordinates messenger pickups and deliveries.
  • Filing: Maintains current and orderly files according to Firm guidelines, including, but not limited to client files, chronological, administrative, materials for closings, court filings, and ongoing cases. Provides quick retrieval of information, general document control, and updates materials. Closes files and sends to storage following Firm policy.

    Who you are:
    • College Degree or Equivalent preferred, but not required.
    • Expert proficiency with the MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) applications.
    • Exceptional organizational skills that reflect ability to seamlessly perform and prioritize multiple tasks with excellent attention to detail.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with internal and external Partners, Attorneys, staff and clients.
    • The ability to communicate both orally and in written communications effectively and accurately.

      Consistent with the SF Fair Chance Ordinance, an arrest and conviction record will not automatically disqualify a qualified applicant from consideration.

      Goodwin Procter LLP is an equal opportunity employer. This means that Goodwin Procter LLP considers applicants for employment, and makes employment decisions without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or other legally protected status.

      Please note: Various agencies of the United States government require employers to collect information on applicants and employees. The National Association of Law Placement (NALP) and certain clients request us to keep track of certain aggregate information regarding lawyers. EEO information requested on this application is for purposes of compliance with these recordkeeping and reporting requirements and to determine recruiting and employment patterns. Submission of this information is voluntary and refusal to provide it will not

      subject you to any adverse treatment.

Keywords: Goodwin Procter LLP, San Francisco , Legal Secretary, Administration, Clerical , San Francisco, California

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