Attorney Development Manager

Palo Alto

Job Summary

About Us

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Skadden) has forged a reputation as one of the most prestigious law firms in the world by relying on innovation, intellect, teamwork and tenacity to deliver the highest quality advice and novel solutions to our clients' legal issues.  By relying on these qualities, our lawyers deliver the highest quality advice and novel solutions to our clients' legal issues. We are recognized as a global powerhouse for complex transactions, litigation/controversy issues, and regulatory matters, as well as for the open, collaborative relationships we build with clients. Our attorneys, who reflect diverse backgrounds and perspectives, collaborate seamlessly across 50-plus practices and 21 offices in the world’s major financial centers.

The Opportunity

We are seeking an Attorney Development Manager (mid-level) to join our Firm.  This position will be based in our Palo Alto office (hybrid). The Attorney Development Manager oversees the overall administration of the attorney development function of the Palo Alto office, including management of attorney onboarding and departures, evaluations, training and development, mentoring, affinity networks, and associate engagement programs and activities. Works closely with office and attorney development leadership as well as global leadership in the New York office.


  • Oversees incoming and lateral attorney orientation and monitors their integration into practices and the firm.
  • Oversees evaluation processes for associates and counsel, including mid-year and year-end processes. Coordinates individual training and coaching.
  • Works with partners to review associate performance and utilization.
  • Oversees coordination of attorney training. Works closely with global attorney learning group to implement firm-wide curriculums at the local level, identifies local training needs and consultants to provide programming.
  • Plans, implements and attends professional development and engagement events, programs and initiatives to meet firm and office objectives. Administers the associate mentor program.
  • Serves as a confidential resource to attorneys, providing career guidance and support.
  • Oversees California bar admissions, MCLE accreditation and compliance. Collaborates with the marketing team, providing CLE guidance for client programs.
  • Works with global attorney development and benefits staff on administrative matters related to attorney benefits, flexible schedules, and all leaves of absence in compliance with local regulations.
  • Oversees attorney departure process.
  • Ensures attorney personnel records and databases are maintained accurately.
  • Prepares attorney development annual budget and reviews, monitors and approves related expenses throughout the year.  Performs financial analysis and contract term review in line with firm procedures related to events.
  • Manages attorney development team in the Palo Alto office, including selection, training, outlining annual objectives and evaluation of staff performance. Monitors time, attendance, overtime and expense reports to ensure accuracy and compliance with firm policies.
  • Recommends guidelines and practices to promote efficiency, effectiveness, top class service and improved employee engagement, in alignment with the firm's core values.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned.


  • Strong ability to engage and collaborate with firm leaders, lawyers, students and business services professionals
  • Ability to handle difficult situations with poise and diplomacy and to use discretion and exercise independent and sound judgement
  • Current knowledge of industry best practices, trend and techniques
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and delegate effectively
  • Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team
  • Ability to use discretion and exercise independent and sound judgement
  • Ability to administer firm policies and procedures
  • Demonstrates close attention to detail
  • Demonstrated experience with leading and supervising others
  • Demonstrates ability to lead and develop collaborative working relationships
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, organizational and planning skills
  • Superior time-management skills, including the ability to prioritize projects, meet deadlines and solve problems and excellent responsiveness
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with attorneys
  • Experience with relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, viDesktop and Micron CE Manager), with the ability to learn new software and operating systems
  • Flexibility to adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of six years’ attorney professional development and/or HR experience in a law firm or other professional services firm environment

Culture & Life at Skadden

What makes Skadden special is our people and the culture, community and spirit of collaboration we have created. We believe in teamwork and inspiring each other to be our best in an atmosphere that promotes professionalism and excellence in all that we do. We know that inclusion, equity and drawing on the strength of a wide spectrum of diverse talent only make us better and is vital to the firm’s success. Our goal is for everyone at the firm to enjoy a challenging career with opportunities for development and growth and to support the well-being of our attorneys and professional staff.


The overall well-being of our team is important to us.  We offer generous benefits to help you achieve wellness in all areas of your life. 

  • Competitive salaries and year-end discretionary bonuses.
  • Comprehensive health care (medical, dental, vision), savings plan/401(k) and voluntary benefits.
  • Generous paid time off.
  • Paid leave options, including parental.
  • In-classroom, remote, and on-demand learning and professional development opportunities.
  • Robust well-being classes and programs.
  • Opportunities to give back and make an impact in local communities.

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Skadden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It adheres to an equal employment opportunity policy that prohibits discriminatory practices or harassment against applicants or employees based on any legally impermissible factor including, but not necessarily limited to, race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, alienage or citizenship status, marital or familial status, domestic partnership status, caregiver status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, change of sex or transgender status, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual and reproductive health decisions, disability (where the applicant or employee is qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation), any protected military or veteran status, or status as a victim of domestic or dating violence, sexual assault or offense, or stalking.

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