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Legal Assistant - Trial - Chicago

OVERVIEW: Duane Morris LLP, a global law firm with 800 + attorneys in offices across the U.S. and around the world, offers innovative solutions to the legal and business challenges presented by today’s evolving global markets. 

SUMMARY:   The Chicago Office has an opportunity for a legal assistant to join the litigation practice group supporting attorneys in Construction Law. Under general supervision and according to established policies and procedures, the legal assistant performs a variety of duties for attorneys to whom assigned.  Legal Assistant maintains positive contact with clients, attorneys and staff and observes confidentiality of client and other firm matters.


  • Drafts, types and proofreads correspondence, memoranda and other legal documents.
  • Electronically files legal case documents in State and Federal Courts.
  • Processes new clients and matters into the DM Open software system. Prepares and submits conflict check forms, screening forms and new matter request forms through DM Open. Sets up engagement letters.
  • Manages multiple attorney calendars and supports scheduling requirements across multiple lawyers, clients, offices, and time zones. Schedules and reminds attorneys of appointments and various other dates and deadlines.
  • Monitors attorney’s inbox. Organizes client/matter-related emails and documents and ensures emails and documents are saved appropriately in FileSile Workspaces.
  • Appropriately and on a timely basis, performs various tasks for the client. Enters and/or releases attorneys’ time, if required.
  • Proofreads billing sheets, and reviews and edits bills. Processes timesheets, client bills and attorney expense vouchers.
  • Maintains good public relations with clients; observes confidentiality of attorney/client relationships.
  • Makes appointments and assists with travel arrangements for attorneys.
  • Reviews and routes incoming mail. Prepares and processes outgoing mail, arranging for specialized mail or messenger services as required. Ensures all attachments, exhibits, and enclosures are included. Coordinates activities with Office Services, as needed.
  • Maintains and organizes digital and hard files on request, working in conjunction with the Records Department.



  • Maintains a positive and professional attitude at all times. Works effectively with other departments seeking solutions to business problems. Demonstrates a continuous drive to improve client service.
  • Performs other related duties, as requested.


  • Ability to read and write in order to skillfully proofread and perform minor editing (e.g., punctuation, grammar, spelling) of routine law office correspondence and legal case matters. Performs non-complex arithmetic calculations when verifying calculations on forms and documents.Maintains accurate, complete and up-to-date records and filing.


  • Ability to accurately transcribe legal documents, correspondence and reports from rough draft, dictation or transcription at a level of 70 w.p.m.


  • Possesses high level of technical competency on all Microsoft Office and various other job-related software packages and applications.


  • Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under strict time constraints.


  • Ability to proofread typed material for grammatical, typographical and spelling errors.


  • Possesses strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills necessary in order to communicate successfully either in person, by phone or e-mail. Must be able to follow instructions very effectively from a diverse group of clients, attorneys and staff and provide information with ordinary courtesy and tact. Must be able to maintain discretion and confidentiality related to all functions.


  • Minimum High school diploma required; Associate certificate or college degree preferred. Minimum of five (5) years on-the-job experience necessary in order to gain an understanding of law office policies and procedures and produce accurate legal documents with limited supervision.
  • The working conditions described below are representative of those related to this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • The incumbent may be required to sit, stand, walk, talk or listen for extended periods of time. Work occasionally requires a high level of mental effort and strain while producing a high volume of work related to essential and other duties. Because of the volume of work performed by computer, the incumbent is required to spend a considerable amount of time typing and looking at computer monitors.


  • Comprehensive healthcare, dental, vision, and prescription plans.
  • Commuter, HSA and FSA spending accounts
  • Short-term and long-term disability and life insurance coverage
  • 401k and Pension Plan
  • Up to 27 PTO days, 9 paid holidays and 2 floating holidays
  • Employee Referral Bonus ($3,000.00)
  • Professional Development Training
  • Back-Up (Family) Care Advantage and Employee Assistance Program


EEO STATEMENT:  Duane Morris is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact Shawn Tato, HR Assistant at 215-979 1224.


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The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not a contract or employment agreement and is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of all functions, responsibilities or requirements.  In addition, Duane Morris reserves the right to amend, suspend or terminate any benefit plan, in whole or in part, at any time. The authority to make such changes rests with the Plan Administrator.