Legal Secretary (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – October 19, 2015
Excellent working environment, salary and benefits The most enjoyable part of my job was traveling with the legal team Awesome working relationship with partners to whom I was assigned Training available for anyone wanting to learn more in order to enhance their skills and prepare for promotions
Conference Center Event Coordinator (Current Employee) – Chicago – June 17, 2015
A typical day at the office consists of meetings and/or conference calls to plan events. High volume of e-mail and phone calls are answered. Kirkland has very high standards and I've learned so much about how to meet expectations for clients and attorneys. I have a great team and we all work well together at providing outstanding client service.
great benefits, great co-workers, overall generous Firm, overtime
Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – June 3, 2015
Dependable, professional environment, offering very good compensation and benefits. However, the firm is flat, so there is very little room for advancement, unless someone in a higher position leaves. There also doesn't seem to be much emphasis on employee development (except for the multitude of application trainings, which improve one's skills, but do not develop an employee himself). Work hours are very inflexible (9AM-5PM, and cannot be changed to, for example, 8AM-4PM). No telecommuting.
Conference Center Assistant (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – December 9, 2014
If you are not afraid to work hard, multi-task, and provide above and beyond customer service, then this is the place for you to start your career. The skills you will learn are essential for any work environment. If you can make it in this workplace, you can make it in any administrative position.
Office/ Purchasing Assistant (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – March 20, 2014
My daily routine varies greatly day by day. I am responsible for answering phones, delegating tasks, purchasing all items for the office and high levels of customer service. I create spreadsheets set up banquet rooms and mange the companies invoices. I am the first point of contact for all requests and I take great pride in the knowledge I have gained throughout my years at Kirkland. The most enjoyable part of the job is the opportunity for learning. Every minute of everyday I could be faced with a new task. Something I've never faced before.
IP Trial Legal Secretary/Executive Assistant (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – January 28, 2014
Provided strong excellent secretarial support to three share partners and one associate; recommended or made decisions and took independent action following broad objectives on strategic and operational matters affecting major function within the practice group; resolved major issues involving external client service coordination, billing adjustments or special information needs via in person or over the phone; served as Lead Trial Secretary for numerous high profiled trials; assisted practice group leader and attorneys in development of various data; provided professional, courteous and flexibility when dealing with clients on behalf of attorney; planned, scheduled and delegated for upcoming trials sites in/out of state for attorneys, clients, and expert witnesses; organized set up/break down of trial offices; negotiated contracts and pricing for hotel/conference room arrangements and vendors for litigation services; prepared trial exhibits and deposition designations; prepared witness files for deposition preparation and testimony in court; prepared and arranged for service of subpoenas; and managed and prepared depositions and testimony for hearings.
interaction with high profiled clients.
heavy travel schedule and being away from my family months at a time.
Intellectual Property Litigation Project Assistant (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 22, 2014
Normal day of work would consist of multiple projects at a time, such as coordinating deposition preparation materials for associates and partners. Continuing to maintain several logs and calendars, daily and to update per the request of senior legal assistants and circulate to entire team. Worked as part of a large team on one of the largest cases in firm history, which was very trying and difficult at times. It was important to keep up team morale and focus, in order to deal with the long, late hours. A great deal of travel was required, which was interesting and exciting but also very difficult to maintain relationships, outside of work. The relationships that I made through the company were great ones, both professionally and personally.
free breakfast daily, at the office and at travel sites.
on-call required but compensation wasn't as much as it should have been.
Litigation Department Project Assistant (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – March 25, 2013
The support staff (senior legal assistants) were timid around the attorneys; however, some Senior PAs were quick to take credit for a project not completed by them or to throw you under the bus if something is amiss. The culture seemed very cut-throat; there was no professional mingling between attorneys and support staff (support staff were afraid of the attorneys!). Otherwise, the company (no matter the circumstance) teaches you more than you think about yourself (career goals, tolerance, etc.).
excellent benefits package, overtime
overtime (schedule varied by day), training sessions