Legal Project Manager
May 16, 2019
Foley Hoag seeks a Legal Project Manager to join its Finance team. This position is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, and will support the International Litigation & Arbitration practice. The Legal Project Manager will apply project management techniques to support management of engagements throughout their life cycles, including scoping and pitching of engagements (the financial aspects); assisting in planning and implementing the case budget and staffing; ongoing budget management and monitoring; collection monitoring; and retrospective evaluation. The position will also involve implementation of various tools and protocols to develop a database to assist in the pitching and budgeting process.
As Foley Hoag’s first full-time legal project management resource, the Legal Project Manager has the opportunity to shape and build the firm’s expertise in this growing field.
- Collaborate with partners to develop bottom-up budgets for prospective engagements, clearly defining scope and staffing requirements, and exploring the potential for alternative fee arrangements.
- Monitor actual performance against budgets, including regularly interfacing with matter-responsible attorneys to review staffing and obtain insights into anticipated deviation vs. budget.
- Deliver regular and accurate communication to senior management on matters with possible fee cap overruns or other risk areas, with a goal of “no surprises.”
- Serve as a data steward, implementing consistent task coding for international litigation and arbitration matters and striving for reliable matter coding, in order to build databases of what various tasks actually cost.
- Provide on-demand analytical assistance to partners and lawyers.
- Ultimately champion and support the use of legal project management concepts and capabilities across other areas of the firm.
- Minimum of 2 years working in a similar capacity, including project management and process, budgeting, improvement concepts, process mapping and post-matter evaluation.
- Familiarity with conceptualizing, analyzing and negotiating alternative fee arrangements.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Strong written, oral and graphic presentation skills.
- Ability to work effectively as both a sole contributor and in cross-functional teams.
- Advanced Excel, including expertise manipulating large sets of data.
- Must have flexibility to work extra hours as necessitated by role.
- Bachelor’s Degree.
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