Project Manager (Chicago/DC) at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Management 18 days ago.





Job Description:


Project Manager (Chicago/DC)

Recruiting Location

US-IL-Chicago | US-DC-Washington D.C.






Department
Litigation & Practice Support

Summary

This position can be located in our Chicago or Washington, DC office.

This individual will coordinate the onboarding of contract attorneys and manage other aspects of eDiscovery vendor services related to the Firm's limited outsourcing of legal technology as it relates to forensic collections and contract attorney staffing. This position requires an in depth understanding of the litigation life cycle, litigation technology, and electronic discovery.

Duties and Responsibilities

    Work directly with clients and case team members to define business requirements, evaluate technology solutions, develop project plans, and manage projects with limited supervision to meet case or project objectives.
  • Communicate directly with service providers to define the scope of case team needs related to collections and contract attorney staffing.

  • Maintain expert-level knowledge of Firm-provided eDiscovery/ Litigation and Practice Support solutions and be a zealous advocate for the use of said services.

  • Evaluate the performance of service providers using objective metrics and client or case team feedback.

  • Escalate issues regarding service performance to the Litigation and Practice Support Manager.

  • Work with Firm accounting resources and external vendors to resolve invoicing issues related to external eDiscovery provider services.

  • Work with Firm Conflicts resources and external vendors to assist with the contract attorney conflicts clearing process.

  • Create and manage project budgets and vendor pricing comparisons for case teams and/or clients.

  • Manage and coordinate the delivery of service using both internal and external resources, including negotiating with outside vendors as appropriate.

  • Coordinate user access to internal Litigation and Practice Support technical resources and troubleshoot issues with the same.

  • Assists in the development of department best practices and documentation of business processes.

  • Exhibit overall business awareness as it relates to the goals and objectives of the department.

  • Keep abreast of current technologies, strategies and solutions relating to e-discovery and legal technology.

  • Performs other tasks as directed by partners, senior counsel, associates, of counsel, or Senior Firm Management.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If you need such an accommodation, please email staffrecruiting@sidley.com (current employees should contact Human Resources).

Education and/or Experience:

Required:


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience planning and managing legal technology projects or working in a staffing environment

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Experience and understanding of legal technology solutions and the contract attorney staffing process.

  • If you are to use Relativity in your role, you will need to successfully pass an internally administered test within the first three months of employment.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical personnel

  • Strong documentation skills.

Preferred:


  • JD

  • Knowledge of the current vendor market

Other Skills and Abilities:

The following will also be required of the successful candidate:


  • Strong organizational skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Good judgment

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others

  • Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion

  • Able to work under pressure

  • Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities

Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.