Legal Secretary
Ogletree Deakins - Washington, DC

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Ogletree Deakins has a job opening for a legal secretary in our Washington D.C. office. On a day-to-day basis, the legal secretary works under the direction of attorneys and paralegals to whom the secretary is assigned. Under limited supervision, supports the delivery of quality legal services to clients by providing secretarial and administrative assistance to attorneys, performing complex and specialized secretarial and clerical tasks, and working collaboratively and cooperatively with others in a team-oriented environment. This position supports multiple attorneys as primary assignments and also provides back-up secretarial assistance to other attorneys as assigned. May also provide back-up to receptionist as necessary, depending on size of office and availability due to other administrative functions.

Essential Functions: These are the essential functions of the position. Successful job applicants will be able to perform these functions. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Preparing Documents: Using word processing and document management software, the Legal Secretary III prepares and processes correspondence and memoranda as well as complex legal documents according to the requirements set by each practice group. Independently composes and drafts routine cover letters and documents. Proofreads documents and checks for appropriate formatting, spelling and grammar. Prepares revisions and redlines documents as directed. Prepares documents for e-filing as required.
a. The Legal Secretary III will be responsible for an increased scope of document preparation, both in level of complexity and in quantity of work.

2. Processes Mail: Reviews and routes incoming mail and fax communications. Prepares and processes outgoing mail and faxes, arranging for specialized mail or messenger services as required. Ensures that all attachments, exhibits and enclosures are included.

3. Maintains Calendar: Maintains and updates the calendars for assigned attorneys, including meetings, appointments, due dates, and client-related activities.

4. Maintains Files: Maintains paper and electronic files in compliance with internal policies. Performs routine filing and retrieves files as needed. Maintains chronological files and administrative files for assigned attorneys.

5. Timekeeping: Prepares time entries for assigned attorneys and submits in a timely manner. Prepares expense reimbursement and disbursement requests. Prepares billing letters and coordinates client billing matters with the Billing Department in Greenville.

6. General Administrative Support: Prepares and processes new matter documents. Receives and screens phone calls and takes message as required. Receives and directs clients and visitors. Coordinates travel arrangements, prepares itineraries, and prepares travel expense reports. Schedules meetings and arranges for conference rooms and meals. Communicates effectively and professionally with clients and with others in the Firm. Is proactive in anticipating the business needs of the assigned attorneys; plans ahead and meets deadlines.

a. The Legal Secretary III will be responsible for a wider range of administrative assistance and may, on occasion:
i. Provide “back-up” out-of-office assistance to the Office Administrator
ii. Provide administrative support during complex client meetings;

Taking notes; ensuring smooth meeting transition; etc.
iii. Assist with training new office staff
iv. Mentor new office staff
v. Pilot new software
vi. Travel to support opening of new offices
vii. Oversee workflow coordination in larger offices

7. Special Projects as assigned – i.e., breakfast briefings, seminars

Requirements:
Ten or more years of experience as a legal secretary.

Knowledge of legal terminology, legal documents and legal processes.

Accurate typing of at least 70 words per minute.

Strong computer proficiency in the use of MS Office, document management, time entry, e-filing and database software.

Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.

Understanding of correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Strong proofreading skills.

Superior organizational skills including filing, calendaring, and proofreading

Time management skills and ability to work independently as well as with a team

Regular predictable attendance

Must possess leadership qualities

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of the requirements that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a telephone, computer keyboard and mouse; reach with hands and arms; talk and listen. The employee frequently required to walk and sit, as well as to lift and carry objects such as books and files weighing up to 15 pounds. The employee is occasionally required to stand, stoop or kneel. May occasionally be required to climb stairs. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

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