Practice Group Manager – Labor & Employment

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Title :

Practice Group Manager – Labor & Employment

Location :

Dallas

Job Summary

Gibson Dunn is a leading global law firm, advising clients on significant transactions and disputes. Our exceptional teams craft and deploy creative legal strategies that are meticulously tailored to every matter, however complex or high-stakes. The firm’s work is distinguished by a unique combination of precision and vision.

Based in New York, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Denver, San Francisco or Los Angeles, the Practice Group Manager (“L&E PGM”) will support the Labor & Employment Practice Group with day-to-day operations of the group, as well as the development and implementation of the group’s strategic initiatives, in collaboration with practice group and firm leadership.  The L&E PGM is a key member of the firm’s business services function and will join a growing practice management team collectively responsible for supporting practice leaders in the management of their groups, including through: (1) serving as information conduits to support cross-department and cross-office initiatives and projects; (2) strategic planning, reporting, and meeting management; (3) talent management; (4) supporting the firm’s free market system, pipeline development, and productivity goals; (5) developing practice-specific education and trainings; and (6) supporting initiatives and projects in collaboration with a number of firm departments, including Professional Development, Marketing & Client Development, Knowledge Management, Communications, Recruiting, Diversity, Career and Alumni Services, Technology, and Office Administration.

Communication, leadership and emotional intelligence are important skills needed in this role along with an understanding of the life cycle of L&E case and how L&E attorneys practice in a law firm setting.

This role reports to the Firm’s Chief Legal Operations Officer and will work closely with the Firm’s other Practice Group Managers. The role would ideally be located in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office; however, the role may be located in any U.S. office of Gibson Dunn.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the practice management team and practice group leadership to develop strategic business goals, objectives, and tactics in alignment with firm strategy.
  • Work with practice group leadership to support major client relationships and initiatives.
  • Develop agendas and drive follow-up for regular partner and group meetings.
  • Work collaboratively with peers across the firm’s business support departments to manage initiatives and support business strategies as determined by practice groups.
  • Work cross-functionally with professional development and diversity departments to support and promote attorney development and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Support the firm’s free market system from both an associate and partner perspective, including by helping lawyers identify appropriate staffing for matters and opportunities for new work.
  • Work with practice group leadership to manage talent across the group, including through regular assessments of firm’s recruiting and senior talent pipelines, development of performance improvement plans, and coordination with attorney review teams.
  • Work with professional development team to develop practice-specific educational trainings and CLE programming.
  • Partner with marketing, business development, and communications teams to support firm’s business development efforts, including through external events and rankings and awards submissions.
  • Identify opportunities for process improvement and drive follow-through on execution.

 

Qualifications

  • Excellent project management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and manage multiple initiatives simultaneously.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication and people skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders. Collaboration and facilitation skills to work with various departments and facilitate their ability to work with each other.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team, and to delegate and manage resources effectively. Strong leadership skills to manage and develop a large and geographically dispersed staff.
  • Exhibit high degree of initiative and critical-thinking skills in exercising independent judgment and making decisions in managing multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, detail-oriented work environment.
  • Self-starter with demonstrated instances of taking initiative.
  • Comfort with data analysis and reporting, or a willingness to learn.
  • Creative thinker who is open to considering multiple approaches to issues and collaborating with other leaders to develop and execute plans.
  • Availability and commitment to work outside normal business hours as needed.

Experience

  • University degree
  • J.D. and L&E practice experience preferred.
  • 5+ years relevant experience in practice management, preferably within a law firm or legal environment, or 8-10+ years of relevant L&E practice experience, preferably with 5+ years in a law firm setting.

 

 

Gibson Dunn will consider for employment qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of local law.

 

 

Compensation & Benefits:

The annual compensation range for this position is $200-250k. The salary offered within this range will depend upon qualifications and other operational considerations.

Benefits offered for this position include health care; retirement benefits; paid days off, including sick time, and vacation time; parental leave; basic life insurance; Flexible Spending Accounts; as well as discretionary, performance-based bonuses.

GIBSON DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP IS COMMITTED TO THE PRINCIPLES OF EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL PARTNERS, EMPLOYEES AND APPLICANTS AND, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE APPLICABLE FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS, DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF SEX, RACE, CREED, COLOR, RELIGION, MATRICULATION OR POLITICAL AFFILIATION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ALIENAGE OR CITIZENSHIP STATUS, ANCESTRY, AGE, MARITAL STATUS OR PARTNERSHIP STATUS, FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES, DISABILITY, MEDICAL CONDITION, PERSONAL APPEARANCE, GENETIC INFORMATION, PREDISPOSING GENETIC CHARACTERISTICS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, MILITARY STATUS, STATUS AS A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, STALKING AND SEX OFFENSES, ARREST OR CONVICTION RECORD, OR ON ANY OTHER BASIS PROHIBITED BY LAW.