Senior Legal Assistant (Litigation)


Job Summary

Skadden is looking for an experienced Senior Legal Assistant to work in the Litigation practice area and provide attorneys, members of the Department and other professional staff with diversified clerical, administrative and case/deal support. This position will utilize experience and knowledge of case/deal resources and methods to assist with advanced, complex tasks and projects, with minimal supervision, throughout all phases and aspects of Litigation work. This position:

  • Organizes and manages electronic and paper files.
  • Ensures that all Litigation files are maintained with Department-approved protocols and case management systems.
  • Maintains the integrity of client files.
  • Assists with the preparation and court filing of pleadings and other court papers.
  • Cite checks, shepardizes and proofreads briefs, memoranda of law, opinions and other documents.
  • Assists with document productions.
  • Assists with preparation for interviews, depositions, hearings and trials.
  • Performs non-legal research using various research tools, including the Internet, Westlaw, LexisNexis, PACER and other court-related websites for case law, statutes, articles, books, etc.
  • Assists other legal assistants and attorneys across practice areas.
  • Handles complex projects with limited supervision.
  • Ensures that all Litigation files are maintained with Department-approved protocols and case management systems.
  • Maintain and review all information for case teams by logging, indexing and organizing large volumes of documents.
  • Oversee the organization and accuracy of documents and data in electronic databases including: managing case materials, indexing and coding information.
  • Updates attorney and case team binders.
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to facilitate effective work relationships with others.
  • Manages Firm resources responsibly.
  • Complies with and understands Firm operation, policies and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Ability to navigate various electronic databases and document repositories
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to facilitate effective working relationships with attorneys, clients and support staff
  • Strong research skills and proficiency in using various research tools, including the Internet, Westlaw, LexisNexis, PACER and other court-related websites
  • Ability to assume progressive responsibilities within assigned work as experience is gained in the position
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Detail oriented
  • Commitment to work overtime, including nights and weekends
  • Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organizational, and planning skills
  • Knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), with the ability to learn new software and operating systems
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • 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 well independently as well as effectively within a team
  • Ability to use discretion and exercise independent and sound judgment
  • Flexibility to travel
  • Flexibility to adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meeting operating and business needs


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of 10 years of related or other professional work experience
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