Practice Innovation and Knowledge Attorney (Corporate/Transactional)

Published May 13th, 2024

As one of the world’s leading law firms, we seek dynamic individuals who share our commitment to service, innovation, and professional growth.

We have an opening for a Practice Innovation and Knowledge Attorney.

The Practice Innovation and Knowledge Attorney (PIKA) will support our Corporate practice area with their knowledge management and innovation needs. The PIKA will be responsible for implementing and managing the assigned groups’ knowledge management and innovation projects and priorities, including collecting, organizing, curating, expanding, and maintaining the assigned groups’ core practice content and “know how,” effectively sharing knowledge across the group, and identifying and solutioning for attorney practice pain points.  The role sits within the Practice Innovation & Knowledge Management team, part of the Practice Innovation & Legal Solutions Department.

In this capacity, the Practice Innovation and Knowledge Attorney will:

  • Assess the assigned practice area’s knowledge needs, and define and implement a plan to meet those needs;
  • Work closely with practice area lawyers in the assigned practice group to collect and update deal experience data leveraging the firm’s experience platform and deal intelligence tool;
  • In coordination with practice area lawyers, draft, update and manage model documents, internal and client facing memoranda and alerts on practice legal issues, practice process checklists, and other required knowledge assets;
  • Collect, curate, and contribute content to internal knowledge collections and resources for practices, including contributing articles, presentations, client alerts, and other content that position the Firm as a thought leader in transactional practices and legal innovation;
  • Promote and encourage use of the Firm’s new Knowledge Management system within the practice area, and be responsible for the maintenance and currency of content within the system;
  • Monitor and share with practitioners recent, relevant legal developments and current market practice developments and trends;
  • Provide direct support to individual practitioners to assist them with locating practice-related internal and external knowledge resources;
  • Initiate and coordinate legal knowledge projects, technologies and systems in the assigned practice areas;
  • Identify practice-related training needs and coordinate with attorneys, Talent Development and Business Development to organize, design and deliver relevant training; Provide regular training on knowledge resources and innovative technology solutions to practice area lawyers and paralegals;
  • Coordinate with peers in other practice areas to exchange best practices in knowledge resources developed by each area;
  • Identify practice pain-points and use cases for legal technology tools, and recommend solutions, and contribute to the design and development  of legal tech solutions, including facilitating administration of pilot plans or proofs of concept, communicating and driving adoption around launch of new solutions;
  • Help evaluate emerging technologies and propose their potential applications in legal processes;
  • Support and collaborate with colleagues in the Practice Innovation & Legal Solutions Department to promote and support Department-wide initiatives;
  • Participate in the continuous development of internal policies and processes to foster innovation;
  • Foster relationships with industry peers, legal technology providers, and other stakeholders;
  • Attend conferences, seminars, and events to keep abreast of industry trends and best practices, fostering a culture of knowledge and best practice sharing amongst practice areas and the global Practice Innovation & Knowledge Management team;
  • Work beyond scheduled hours as necessary and travel as required;
  • Be a source of legal, market and practical expertise, including in the area of legal innovation; and
  • Handle additional related projects as necessary.

Proficiencies:

  • Experience practicing law in Finance, M&A/Private Equity or Financial Restructuring;
  • Experience with knowledge management and / or legal innovation practices (preferred);
  • Expert legal knowledge and practice skills in the assigned practice areas;
  • Expert knowledge of the workflows and the core needs of lawyers in the assigned practice areas;
  • Expert proficiency in the English language, including punctuation, spelling, grammar and writing skills;
  • Familiarity with legal innovation and legal technology ecosystem;
  • Proficiency in training skills and best practices;
  • Advanced proficiency in researching and drafting legal documents and content, such as transactional documents, legal memoranda, pleadings, and/or motions;
  • Advanced proficiency in legal research techniques, online research and legal research databases;
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications;
  • Advanced knowledge of Inter/Intra/Extranet technologies, particularly for legal-specific uses (portals);
  • Advanced proficiency in document management search functionality and systems;
  • Advanced knowledge of database structure and theory;
  • Familiarity with change management, project management and process improvement;
  • Advanced knowledge of business practices and philosophies; and
  • Proficiency with learning and adapting to new technologies.

Qualifications:

  • Law degree and current bar admission or equivalent in the jurisdiction of the Firm office (required);
  • At least 5 years of law firm practitioner experience in Finance, M&A/Private Equity or Financial Restructuring (required); and
  • Experience with knowledge management and/or legal innovation practices (preferred).

Employees will be provided with an excellent career opportunity in a collaborative environment, in addition to a generous total compensation package with the opportunity to earn bonuses based on individual contribution and firm profitability.

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