Sr Practice Assistant

Administration and OperationsAll Practice AreasLos Angeles, CA

Job Description

At K&L Gates, we are looking for smart, imaginative and hard-working people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas to join us.  Perhaps our search for talented visionaries and your search for important and impactful work lead to the same place.

The global law firm of K&L Gates LLP seeks a Litigation Practice Assistant for its Los Angeles office.  This position will be responsible for assisting attorneys in the commercial litigation, construction litigation and bankruptcy, insolvency and creditors rights practice groups. Candidates must be self-starters who possess the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent communication skills and a commitment to providing the highest quality client service are strongly preferred.

Responsibilities include:
•Preparing, filing and serving pleadings and discovery
•Organizing and updating pleading books and indices
•Transcribing, preparing, editing, and finalizing pleadings and other legal documents
•Preparing transactional and financing documents
•Efiling in state and federal courts and service of documents using LexiNexis File & Serve
•Preparing trial and hearing notebooks, deposition exhibits, motions, subpoenas, orders and other materials.
•Preparations of attorney expense reports and check requests
•Opening files and conducting conflict checks
•Organizing and maintaining all correspondence and documents using the relevant / local document management system
•Coordinating and preparing monthly client bills
•Coordinating entering, editing, and tracking daily time recording when required for assigned timekeepers
•Serves as a resource person regarding court rules, document requirements and conference calls
•Administrative support to busy partners, including travel arrangements


Candidate must have at least five (5) years business litigation and bankruptcy experience and at least five (5) years experience supporting one or more partners at a large, multi-office law firm.  The ideal candidate will have at least five (5) years experience with a strong knowledge of both State and Federal (including Chapter 11 bankruptcy),as well as the ability to stay current with the local court rules for the state and different counties. Significant Client-Contact. Familiarity with Lexis/Nexis file and serve. Advanced, working knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook, computerized calendaring systems and other programs applicable to handling complex litigation matters.  Previous experience with Elite is a plus. Some experience with client development and legal practice marketing. Strong administrative skills. Excellent organization and communication skills.   Ability to multitask and change priorities efficiently and expeditiously in a fast-paced environment, while exercising sound judgment.  Positive, professional attitude and the willingness to work hard and proactively take on responsibility.  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience preferred.

We seek exceptional employees who want to become a part of our practice on all levels, to help us expand, challenge our limits, and push us to grow into the future. If you are motivated by job challenges and personal growth, then K&L Gates could be the right place for you.

No phone calls or agencies, please.

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K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with approximately 2,000 lawyers across five continents. We have experienced dramatic growth in the past decade and now rank among the largest U.S. based law firms in the world.  We take pride in constantly striving for innovation, imagination and an entrepreneurial spirit. We come up with big ideas and then roll up our sleeves to get the job done, guiding our clients through their most complex issues in a variety of industry sectors and across multiple regions of the world.

The industry recognition the firm has garnered in the past five years emanates from the foundation of a global community aligned on behalf of our clients. The people at K&L Gates are committed to working together to create a legacy for each other, the firm, our clients, and the communities in which we serve. We thrive in an inclusive and socially conscious environment that embraces diversity and takes a holistic approach to the career evolution of all our professionals.

To learn what makes us different from other law firms, including our collaborative approach, entrepreneurial spirit, and our commitment to diversity, check out our video, “Grow Your Career at K&L Gates.”

If you agree that we are different from other law firms - and the right place for you to grow your career - please apply for this position.  For more information or to view other job opportunities, please click here to go back to our careers page.

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We offer a dynamic work environment and excellent benefits.


The Firm is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the Firm that employment decisions shall be based on merit, qualifications and competence. Employment practices shall not be influenced or affected by virtue of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. This policy governs all aspects of employment including, without limitation, recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotion, assignment and dismissal. In addition, it is the Firm’s policy to provide an environment that is free of unlawful harassment of any kind including, without limitation, that which is sexual, racial, age-related, disability-related or ethnic background-related.