The Practice Manager is responsible for providing a combination of technical, analytical and operational support to the Practice Management department. The Practice Manager is a self-starter and strategic thinker with excellent written and verbal communication skills who can work across all levels of firm management. The Practice Manager will play an active role in the development and implementation of key practice group initiatives, strategic plans and operational goals.
Management and Reporting
Manage general daily administration and business operations of the Practice Management department.
Partner with peer departments (Business Development, Legal Personnel, Recruiting, Finance, Knowledge Management, etc.) on various strategic practice group projects, including implementing process improvements to increase efficiencies across practice and firm operations.
Coordinate with the Practice Group Directors and other peer departments to track lateral partner integration initiatives.
Facilitate the strategic planning process for practice and subgroups.
Collaborate with firm and practice group leadership to develop practice group business strategies; oversee execution of and progress on practice group strategic initiatives; ensure that practice initiatives are in line with the firm’s goals and objectives of the strategic plan and the firm strategic plan.
Assist firm and Practice Group Leadership in business planning and analysis, report preparations, meetings and communications and implementation of practice and firm initiatives.
In collaboration with the Finance department, review and analyze profitability reports and other key performance indicators and update the Practice Group Directors on significant performance markers, highlighting potential issues.
Conduct routine analyses of practice group financial reports and metrics and manage practice group budgets.
Provide operational support to Practice Group Director and subgroup leaders as needed.
Assist in coordinating and planning practice and subgroup meetings, events, and other group/industry meetings.
Coordinate room and technical requirements as necessary.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Assist Practice Group Director’s with management of the free market system and cross-office staffing needs.
Provide orientation and integration support to junior associates and lateral hires.
Work with partners, Practice Group Directors and Training and Development team to plan and conduct formal training programs for attorneys.
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
Sound judgment and extreme discretion with respect to confidential and sensitive information.
Awareness and understanding of business process, improvement processes and best practices.
Strong interpersonal skills, service mentality and ability to build relationships.
Strong data analytics skills to assess a range of metrics and presents data in an effective manner for senior leaders.
Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work in a dynamic and complex environment to meet deadlines and daily requirements.
Ability to provide quality and efficient client service to both internal and external clients.
Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, and the ability to quickly learn and utilize additional software.
Reporting to the Corporate Practice Group Director, the ideal candidate will have 5-7 years of law firm or other professional services experience. Bachelor's degree required; JD or MBA preferred.
Internal Number: R465
About Fenwick & West LLP
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