Job Details

Legal Assistant Health Care Group

Company name

Organization Type

Law Firm

Job Type

Legal Staff

Date Last Verified

Jun 12,2018

Posted on

Jun 11,2018

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Chicago, IL
Practice Area
Health Care >> Health Care
Litigation >> Litigation - Health Care
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Legal Assistant – Health Care Group The candidate will type and/or transcribe correspondence. Will draft correspondence. Type and prepare various documents and forms, including but not limited to: legal briefs, letters, memoranda, tables, charges/spreadsheets, document productions, complaints and motions. Edit, redline and proofread documents as requested. Proofread and revise documents, including engagement letters, PowerPoint presentations, memoranda, audit letters, client and other correspondence; check for accuracy of copy, grammar, punctuation and syntax. Photocopying and scanning. Prepare documents for U.S. mail, Federal Express, messenger delivery or electronic delivery. Arrange extensive U.S. and foreign travel by securing air, hotel, rail and car reservations for lawyers and clients. Prepare travel itineraries. Prepare and submit travel expense reports and other business-related expenses for reimbursement in a timely manner. Prepare disbursement forms/handle reimbursements of other firm and client related expenses, such as telephone calls, outside vendors, entertaining, recruiting and travel expenses. Submit expense reports to accounting for processing. Filing: maintain paper and/or electronic filing, in a timely manner, of all correspondence, pleadings and case/client documents as directed by supervising attorneys, using the firm’s records management database in accordance with established standards and procedures. Answer telephones, screen and transmit telephone calls to lawyers, and take messages if necessary, with recognition of and attention to the particular needs of the clients. Schedule conference calls for lawyers and clients and make appointments when necessary. Client billing: edit, prepare, finalize and send out all bills for billing attorneys. Conduct a first review of billing performas; review and edit prior to attorney review. Maintain contacts in Outlook for assigned lawyers, pursuant to each lawyer’s preference. Maintain a calendar of court, travel, meetings and/or other commitments. Arrange for meeting/conference rooms and catering needs using the firm’s conference room reservation software system. Use building security system to grant visitor access. Keep attorneys apprised of assignment status as required. Perform other duties as assigned by attorneys and/or administrative managers. Provide assistance to other legal assistants as time permits. Serve as back-up assistant as required. Proactively manage Practice Group Lead attorney’s practice and execute assignments from an attorney who is extremely busy. Become familiar with clients, their matters and key players and anticipate next steps without direction. Proactively prepare files of background documents in anticipation of upcoming client meetings. Collaborate closely with other Legal Assistants on the Health Care team regarding current work in progress. Liaise with the Marketing department regarding events and speaking engagements. Review and edit billing proform to conform to client guidelines. Exhibit proficiency with InterAction data entry and report functions. Other tasks as reasonably assigned by supervisors.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have high School Diploma or GED Certificate. College degree and/or paralegal certificate is a plus. Should have 5+ years previous secretarial/administrative experience. Previous litigation experience in a law firm is preferred. Full understanding of jurisdictional court filing requirements are essential. Strong executive level experience and demeanor is needed. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) is essential. Knowledge of FileSite are highly preferred. Knowledge of MS Office 2010 and Windows 7 are preferred. Display initiative to learn about the practice group’s clients, ongoing matters and attorney preferences. Take ownership for work product and make suggestions for improvement as appropriate. Ability to prioritize work from multiple attorneys/assignments simultaneously and successfully, many with tight deadlines. Excellent oral communication skills, especially the use of good grammar is needed. Uses written communication that is technically sound, grammatically correct and without typographical errors are essential. Excellent skillset in regard to knowing proper formatting of general correspondence and composition of document is needed. Excellent attention to detail and strong proofreading skills are essential. Extremely consistent in producing quality work is needed. Typing speed of 65+ wpm is essential.

Additional info

Send resume and cover letter, including salary expectations. No phone calls please.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
191 N. Wacker Dr.
Ste. 3700
Chicago, IL 60606-1698


"A Decent Place to Work That Values Work and Life Balance"

Current Employee - Reviewed on December 18, 2017

Try to make connections with senior members of the firm by doing good work and not getting caught up in the politics of the firm. It's up to you to a large degree to make your own way in seeking out more responsibility and getting noticed for your work. This can help you gain promotions and a higher salary.

Pros : The work atmosphere is pretty laid back, especially for a law firm and the partners respect that employees have lives away from work. The pay is pretty good and the clients are good ones to work with.
Cons : The firm is lacking in organization in some areas and there is a fair amount of turnover. The non-lawyer staff is not always treated well. Politics plays too much of a part in the running of the firm, which is detrimental to the operations of the firm.
Current or former employee? : Current Employee

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