Legal Assistant - Litigation

Washington, D.C.

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 innovation, intellect, teamwork and tenacityour 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 a Legal Assistant - Litigation (mid-level) to join our Firm. This position will be based in our Washington, D.C. office (hybrid). This position will utilize their experience and knowledge of case resources and methods to assist with complex tasks and projects, with minimal supervision. The Legal Assistant will handle tasks throughout all phases and aspects of Litigation work, while providing guidance to attorneys, other legal assistants, and professional staff. Please submit a cover letter and resume when applying to this position.  

  • Handles complex projects with limited supervision.
  • Assists with the preparation and/or filing of pleadings, court papers, etc.
  • Assists with retrieval of rules, regulations and company profiles.
  • Provides support throughout all phases of discovery, including document review, production and depositions.
  • Assists with preparation for interviews, depositions, hearings, trials, and/or client meetings.
  • Proofreads briefs, memoranda of law, opinions, and other documents.
  • Cite-checks legal documents, Shepardizes authorities, and verifies the accuracy of quoted material and cited exhibits.
  • Performs non-legal research using various research tools, including the Internet, Westlaw, LexisNexis, PACER, SEC/EDGAR and other media and financial services sites, and/or other court-related websites for case law, statutes, articles, books, etc.
  • Manages databases in accordance with Firm standards.
  • Organizes and manages electronic and paper files.
  • Ensures that all files are maintained within Firm-approved protocols and case management systems.
  • Maintains the integrity of client files.
  • Assists attorneys, legal assistants and professional staff across offices.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned or needed.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of relevant Firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), with the ability to quickly learn new software and operating systems.
  • Working knowledge of federal and state court rules and procedures.
  • Ability to proficiently navigate various electronic databases and document management systems.
  • Working knowledge of Relativity and other e-discovery applications such as TextMap and CaseMap.
  • Fluency with court filings, in both paper and electronic (e-filing formats).
  • Ability to assist in the preparation of, and during, arbitrations/trials.
  • Strong research skills and proficiency in using various research tools, including the Internet, Westlaw, LexisNexis, PACER, SEC/EDGAR and other court-related websites.
  • Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organizational and planning skills.
  • Demonstrates effective organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work well independently, as well as effectively, within a team.
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities.
  • Ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Demonstrates close attention to detail.
  • Flexibility to travel, as required.
  • Flexibility to adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs.

Experience/Education

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in a legal assistant position or a position requiring similar skillset, expertise and experience.

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.

Benefits

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.

For further details, please visit:  https://www.skadden.com/careers/staff/employee-benefits

Apply Now

EEO Statement

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.

If you are having technical issues applying for a position, please contact your local internet service provider. Applicants who are interested in applying for a position and require special assistance or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability or a religious belief or practice should contact Jennifer Lee at (212) 735-2073.

Skadden EEO and Affirmative Action Policy

Applicants Have Rights Under Federal Employment Law

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that all newly-hired personnel in the United States must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their first day of employment.

BACK TO TOP