Partner/Counsel Secretary

Palo Alto

Job Summary

Skadden is looking for a Partner/Counsel Secretary.  This position will perform administrative and secretarial tasks for assigned partner(s) and other attorney(s).  

  • Answers, screens, and places telephone calls.  Directs calls and assists callers as appropriate.
  • Maintains attorneys' calendars and schedules.
  • Maintains client/case calendar and plans ahead for critical deadlines.
  • Arranges and coordinates meetings with clients and others.
  • Coordinates attorneys' travel plans working interactively with travel vendor.
  • Opens, reads, and routes mail, email and other deliveries as directed.
  • Prepares correspondence, documents, reports, and spreadsheets.
  • Drafts and formats pleadings, agreements, or other legal documents as requested.
  • Prepares attorney time records, expense reports, and check requests.
  • Provides quality control by proofreading all work for accuracy and completeness.
  • Generates and maintains regular and follow-up files and confidential data. 
  • Maintains attorney, client, and case files, records, and contact lists.
  • Enters contact information and data into InterAction or similar contact management database.
  • Transcribes dictation from handwritten notes.
  • Creates binders and document indices.
  • Organizes attorney office(s) and assigned case rooms, as appropriate.
  • Prepares files and documents for off-site storage, utilizing appropriate indices, labeling, and appropriate database records management processes, such as the Skadden Records Management System.
  • Provides backup secretarial support to other attorneys and/or other support departments, as requested, to include all forms of administrative and legal-specific support.
  • Provides backup support and assistance to secretarial teammates, based on operational need.
  • Provides collaborative secretarial team support to specific teams or groups of attorneys, as and when requested.
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to facilitate effective work relationships with others.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Working knowledge of legal terminology
  • Understanding of the legal system and life cycle of legal work
  • Understanding of attorney calendaring and scheduling, to include court calendaring requirements
  • Proficiency with office equipment, such as personal computers, printers, copiers, scanners, multi-function devices, and multi-line telephones
  • Knowledge of software applications (Microsoft Office platform to include Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), document management systems such as eDocs or similar systems, along with related legal utilities for redlining and creation of tables and indices
  • Ability to liaise and coordinate resources through other departments or third-party vendors
  • Proficiency with time entry programs (such as DTE Axiom)
  • Proficiency with records management database software
  • Proficiency with Firm's interfaces for administration of new clients/matters, conflicts checks, and related administrative processes
  • Proficiency with Aderant, Chrome River, or other related software for check requests, expense reimbursement requests, and other related accounting inquiries
  • Demonstrated proficiency with proofreading techniques, to include proficiency with grammar, spelling, punctuation, and formatting
  • Ability to read, listen, interpret and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), with the ability to learn new software and operating systems
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills  and ability to communicate patiently, diplomatically, accurately and effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrates close attention to detail
  • Ability to handle multiple project, assignments, deadlines and shifting priorities/responsibilities
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work independently as well as effectively within a team
  • Flexibility to adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum of five years of related experience
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