Legal Secretary

Washington, D.C.

Job Summary

Skadden is seeking a Legal Secretary to join our Secretarial Services team in the Washington, D.C. office. As a member of Skadden's professional staff, the Legal Secretary will play an integral role in helping the firm provide high-quality service to clients.


  • Provides administrative and secretarial support to attorneys, including secretarial team coverage and backup support.
  • Provides administrative and/or project support to various departments and personnel, as needed.
  • Answers, screens, and places telephone calls. Directs calls and assists callers as appropriate.
  • Opens, reads, and routes mail as directed.
  • Prepares correspondence, documents, reports, and spreadsheets.
  • Maintains attorney and client files, records, and contact lists.
  • Schedules meetings, maintains calendars, and coordinates travel plans as needed.
  • Takes and transcribes dictation (e.g., fast notes, shorthand).
  • Assists attorney(s) with administrative work and projects.
  • Prepares attorney time records, expense reports, and check requests.
  • Handles personal matters requested by attorney(s).
  • Performs frequent physical exertion including:  sitting, repetitive use of both hands, lifting and carrying up to 10 pounds.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Working knowledge of basic legal terminology.
  • Knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel) with the ability to learn new software and operating systems (e.g., billing file management database).
  • Flexibility to adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum of three years related experience.
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