McGuireWoods LLP

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Litigation Practice Assistant/Legal Secretary

Litigation Practice Assistant/Legal Secretary

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Legal Support

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McGuireWoods LLP has an opening for a Litigation Practice Assistant/Legal Secretary to join the Business and Securities Litigation practice in the Washington, DC office. The Assistant will support partners and associates with legal and administrative tasks to include document management, opening and closing of files, calendaring, time entry/billing, travel arrangements, meeting/conference scheduling and other special projects.


McGuireWoods LLP is a major U.S. law firm with offices in the United States and Europe. Tracing the firm's roots back to 1834, McGuireWoods has a long history of growth through mergers with predecessor firms in existing markets, as well as client-centered expansion into new markets. Working with clients to develop these strategies, the firm has kept pace with its clients changing needs -- and helping them meet their goals. This has been the firm's philosophy for more than 175 years, and it continues to direct endeavors as the firm looks toward the future. For more information, please visit


  • Prepares, edits and formats legal documents and correspondence from draft or dictated text
  • Assemble exhibits and hearing binders; prepare document productions; schedule depositions
  • Manage documents: upload documents to e-rooms and the DMS; scan, save to DMS and distribute matter-related hard copy correspondence, court and agency filings; maintain pleading and document indices when appropriate
  • Organize and maintain case files, retrieve case files, and prepare files for closing in accordance with Records Department procedures
  • Coordinate day-to-day workflow of attorneys’ matters and serve as the primary point of contact for attorneys
  • Communicate with clients, vendors, courts, agencies and firm personnel in a professional manner via telephone, email and in person
  • Participate as part of a team of practice assistants providing coverage and/or backup coverage for multiple attorneys
  • Focus on deadlines and prioritize activities and demonstrate resourcefulness by effectively utilizing firm resources and personnel
  • Adapt quickly to changing environment/demands, think one step ahead and suggest next steps on assignments and ways to improve the delivery of client service without being prompted


  • Minimum three to five years supporting litigation attorneys in internal and external leadership roles at a large law firm
  • Must be proficient with MS Office 2013
  • Preferred experience in e-filing, time entry and billing software (Elite), and expense reimbursement software (ChromeRiver)
  • Must be highly organized and a self-starter


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