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Location : Texas - Houston
Refer to Job # IRAP709790
This firm is very strong in most practice groups, and in our opinion is an excellent firm to work for. The firm has a long history, and has managed to draw some well-known political figures into its partnership ranks. The associates we have spoken with at this firm describe it as a good place to work and for the most part the associates working here believe that the partners are friendly and accessible. Additionally, the people who work at this firm are all fairly friendly; however, some associates we have spoken with have told us that there appears to be an air of formality to their friendliness. While the Firm does not always get high marks for diversity, much of that has changed in recent years. Additionally, this firm consistently ranks near the top for quality of life issues and the associates who work here all seem to be fairly enthusiastic about the quality of life of the firm. This firm compensates its associates very well, and there are few complaints about compensation issues. While the firm does have a flex time program, many of the associates we have spoken with do not appear that pleased with the program and believe it could use improvement. We should note that one thing that is notable about this firm is that it does appear very well positioned at most times because it is consistently able to generate work and keep its associates in most departments busy.
Legal Secretary - Environmental The candidate will primarily responsible for maintaining client bills and working in conjunction with our billing department to ensure client bills are processed in a timely manner. Will reviews and revises monthly proformas; prepares correspondence for each and submits revised proformas and drafts letters to lawyer for approval; submits to accounting department for final invoices; mails/emails specific invoices to clients. Inputs lawyer time utilizing the firm s time entry software on a daily basis. Will reviews available client billing guidelines for invoicing for lawyers; advise billing lawyers and billing department of any special exceptions and changes noted in billing guidelines so the special exceptions may be incorporated on client level and/or matter level. Works with underwriting bills, including approved timekeepers, rate charts, billing agreements, special exceptions, styles, electronic billing and general billing processes. Will maintains chart of invoices throughout the year in order to follow up on overdue payments, keep track of electronic billing as well as status of submitted invoices. Will provides confidential administrative support to assignments, performing secretarial tasks of a confidential nature including, but not limited to, composing or preparing documents and correspondence; this may require spending long periods of time at computer workstation. Schedules appointments and performs other tasks related to maintaining assignments calendars; schedules and coordinates meetings and conferences, including extensive travel, lodging, transportation and meal arrangements. Assist lawyers with paying State Bar and specific court dues and helps track CLE credits. Will organizes and manages financial duties for four different coalition groups by maintaining an Excel spreadsheet. Oversees the preparation and distribution of client memoranda and notebooks. Coordinates outsourced copy jobs; provides photocopying and/or scanning of correspondence, documents and other printed materials. Handles in-coming correspondence (including gathering and/or preparing needed materials for lawyer s review of same in timely fashion), as well as out-going correspondence, including mail, emails to clients, faxes, hand deliveries, etc. Drafts, edits and disseminates information through presentations, charts, graphs, diagrams, spreadsheets, letters, email, mail, memos, itineraries, etc. Answers telephones and delivers accurate and timely messages. Interacts with clients, vendors, lawyers and staff to maintain good relations. Maintains workstation and surrounding area which may require lifting, squatting, kneeling or bending. Closes files per lawyer requests; this may require lifting file bank boxes containing client files. Reconciles and submits travel, client development and client expenses for reimbursement through Metastorm and reconciles AMEX statements for all assignments. Other projects as assigned by the Secretary Services Manager, Partner in Charge and Office Administrator.
The candidate must have High School Diploma; some college and/or PLS Certification desirable. Should have minimum of 5 years work experience in a law firm environment, or related professional experience. Should have knowledge of legal terminology and of court system and rules for filings and correspondence. Knowledge of electronic client invoicing. Should have ability to gather data, compile information and prepare reports. Should have strong organizational and records management skills. Should have ability to communicate effectively and with tact and diplomacy, both orally and in writing. Ability to maintain confidentiality of all information. Advanced computer and software application skills. Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including MSWord, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Working knowledge of New Business Intake, LegalKey, Copitrak, InterAction, Intapp Time and Elite software. Should have knowledge of Metastorm and BB Conference Scheduler software. Ability to learn and use databases. Ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals. Ability to multi-task and work well under time constraints. Ability to work well independently and in a team environment. Ability to proofread materials for contextual, grammatical, typographical or spelling errors. Must have strong organizational, decision-making skills and problem solving skills. Must be reliable, a self-starter and have a professional demeanor.
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