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Legal Secretary (5+ years of experience) – Oakland

ABOUT OUR FIRM

Meyers Nave has a special reputation in California as a go-to law firm that clients rely on to handle their highest profile, most complicated and often most controversial transactions and litigated matters. Thirty years ago, Meyers Nave began in one office with five attorneys focused on one primary area of law. The firm has rapidly expanded to become a nationally recognized firm with five California offices where attorneys work in multi-disciplinary teams in nearly 20 complex fields of law. Throughout California, our attorneys help public agencies, private businesses and public-private partnerships navigate an extensive range of local, state and federal laws and regulations. The results of our work and the expertise of our attorneys have led to numerous prestigious awards and honors, including Law360’s “California Powerhouse,” The Recorder’s “Giant Slayer” and Daily Journal’s “Top Defense Result,” as well as numerous attorneys recognized in Best Lawyers in America and SuperLawyers.

JOB SUMMARY

This Legal Secretary position is responsible for providing administrative support to attorneys and the firm’s COO.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The position’s essential functions include but are not limited to the following:

  • Draft, review and revise legal and non-legal documents including correspondence and memoranda, pleadings, PowerPoint presentations, budgets, etc.;
  • Demonstrate understanding of, and facility with, local rules of court, municipal, state and federal rules of procedure;
  • Assist with preparation for and scheduling of meetings, teleconferences, conferences and travel;
  • Organize documents, and prepare binders and files to house relevant legal and non-legal materials;
  • Review incoming correspondence and route as appropriate;
  • Demonstrate understanding of municipal law documents, including staff reports, resolutions, ordinances, agendas and notices;
  • Partner with Firm departments to accomplish tasks and projects;
  • Assist with tracking and management of various projects;
  • Assist team in seeking out new technology that can be used to improve processes and procedures.
  • Maintain shared office calendars and individual attorney/director calendars in Outlook;
  • Format court pleadings according to applicable court rules and generate tables of authorities and tables of contents using Firm software;
  • File documents with courts and administrative bodies, including electronic filing where applicable;
  • Arrange for service of pleadings and subpoenas;
  • Enter attorneys’ billable time as requested according to Firm billing policies and coordinate with Firm’s billing personnel to facilitate attorneys’ timely review of monthly billing statements;
  • Prepare check requests and coordinate payment to vendors when necessary;
  • Prepare expense reports and book travel arrangements;
  • Answer phones for attorneys/directors, direct incoming phone calls and greet clients and guests;
  • Consistent, punctual, on-site attendance;
  • Back up other Executive and Administrative Assistants during planned and unplanned absences;
  • Take direction and apply corrections to future revisions;
  • Partner with attorneys to proactively manage their business development activities;
  • Maintain composure and work efficiently and accurately during highly stressful circumstances;
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service;
  • Build relationships with key staff in client offices, including periodically traveling to client sites;
  • Work cordially, cooperatively and productively with Firm employees; and
  • Work overtime as needed to complete essential functions.

Management retains the right to add to or change the essential functions of this position at any time.

QUALIFICATIONS

The following qualifications are required unless otherwise noted:

  • Bachelor’s degree or paralegal certificate preferred;
  • Minimum of five years of legal secretary/legal assistant experience;
  • Superior customer service skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to contribute to streamlining processes;
  • Accuracy in grammar, spelling and punctuation;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and multi-task in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment;
  • Desire to give excellent customer service;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Pro-active self-starter with ability to work independently, as well as in a team environment;
  • Experience using Microsoft Office (experience using Office 2010 Suite is preferred); and
  • Prior experience with iManage, time and billing systems, and Adobe Professional is preferred.

Meyers Nave is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any qualified applicant’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status or any other category protected by law.

Meyers Nave will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by email to hiringmanager@meyersnave.com.