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Practice Group Business Manager - Litigation

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
life insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, 401(k)
United States, Colorado, Denver
1200 17th Street (Show on map)
Jun 21, 2024




Position:
Practice Group Business Manager - Litigation



Location:

Denver, CO



Job Id:
1425-SR-DEN

# of Openings:
1


Practice Group Business Manager - Litigation

Denver or Phoenix

Lewis Roca is a top ranked Am Law 200 commercial law firm and one of the largest in the Western United States. We are seeking a Practice Group Business Manager - Litigation to join our team!

Summary:

The Practice Group Business Manager (the "PGBM") is a full-time, exempt position that is responsible for assisting in management of the business and administration of a practice group to drive strategic and profitable growth for the Firm. This position will provide well-coordinated operational support with a strong emphasis on goals, work allocation, financial performance, attorney recruiting and management, and lawyer productivity and development. The PGBM will engage in analysis and practices and deploy applicable tools to evaluate and increase the revenue, control expenses, improve profitability and improve efficiencies of the practice group. This PGBM is also responsible for supporting the Practice Group Leader in implementing Firm-wide strategic initiatives at the practice group level. This position must maintain professionalism and strict confidentiality in all client and Firm matters while exercising sound judgment at all times.

About Lewis Roca:

Our award winning team of lawyers offer extensive experience in a wide range of disciplines. We strive to be the employer of choice in the legal community. Our goal is to attract talent of varied backgrounds who meet our standards of excellence and reflect the marketplace that we serve. We embrace this diversity; it contributes to our success.

A set of core principles guide our work with our clients and with each other. Together, we call this Experience Amplified. It is a client-centered operational approach that helps define a culture of service excellence. It contributes to our highly collaborative group of business professionals, led by a dedicated and passionate C-Team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The scope of responsibility encompasses a wide range of duties, including, but not limited to:

Communication


  • Establish and maintain clear, positive, and consistent lines of communication with the Practice Group Leader, Managing Partner, Chief Operating Officer, and other Firm staff.
  • Monitor and support the morale and engagement of attorneys in the practice group, developing programs and ensuring access to information, resources, and leadership.
  • Regularly visit with practice group members, including those located in other offices, to ensure clear and consistent communication and coordination across offices. Ensure that all attorneys in the practice group are integrated across geographic locations.
  • Schedule and prepare agendas for practice group meetings and other practice group gatherings and communications, as needed.


Financial and Practice Reporting


  • Develop and monitor financial reports for the practice group. Collaborate with Accounting to make refinements and streamline monthly reporting.
  • Review weekly billable hours and monthly financial reports and identify trends/developments that require attention and action.
  • Monitor financial and other performance metrics of the practice group, including revenue, utilization, realization, and productivity. Advise on steps to improve and achieve identified financial objectives and work with other Firm staff on issues of matter pricing and leverage.


Strategic and Business Planning


  • Support implementation efforts through monitoring and reporting on the progress of firmwide strategic projects and initiatives in partnership with the Practice Group Leader.
  • Support the Practice Group Leader in defining and implementing appropriate strategies to manage and support the profitable growth of the practice group. Evaluate and implement improvements to the practice group's structure. Develop improvements to be more efficient by leveraging resources across offices, departments, and practices.
  • Work with Marketing, Accounting, Professional Development, and other internal Firm resources to prepare and update a business plan for the practice group as well as for individual attorneys. Evaluate and keep track of all practice group and individual attorney business plans. Monitor the progress of the practice group business plan. Interface and coordinate with Marketing on other business development and public relations matters.
  • Liaise with the IT team where appropriate on innovation and client value initiatives for the practices.
  • Work with Firm staff on the planning and implementing various practice group and firmwide events such as meetings, retreats, and special programs.


Attorney Staffing, Development and Workload Management


  • Participate in recruiting new associates and lateral attorneys and advise the Practice Group Leader, the Chief Talent Officer, and Managing Partner on hiring recommendations and future timekeeper needs.
  • Work with the Attorney Talent team to ensure the integration and smooth transition of laterals into the practice group.
  • Monitor attorney utilization and work assignments, business development, and other professional opportunities to ensure that they are equitably distributed within the practice groups.
  • Monitor workload and utilization reports to identify productivity issues and counsel attorneys where appropriate.
  • Work with the Attorney Talent team on attorney performance evaluations, and training and development needs.
  • Support the Practice Group Leader in providing input and recommendations to the Executive Committee regarding attorney promotions and partner compensation. Coordinate and participate in Partnership Promotion Meetings with associates consistent with Firm policies. Assist the Practice Group Leader in providing input and recommendations to the Associate Compensation and Review Committee for associate compensation.


Management and Policy Compliance


  • Use diligent efforts to see that practice group members meet revenue and expense budgetary goals and expectations, including billable and non-billable hours requirements.
  • Review and approve new clients and matters as part of the intake process and enforce related standards for the practice group, consistent with Firm guidelines and in partnership with the Practice Group Leader.
  • Monitor and enforce timekeeping and billing practices in partnership with the Practice Group Leader.
  • Determine, with input from the Practice Group Leader, Managing Partner, and the Firm's financial resources, the viability/profitability of requests for alternate work schedules or alternative billing/pricing arrangements.
  • Work with the Accounting team and Pricing Director, as needed, to help address client discount and expense approval requests that require practice group input in accordance with established Firm policies.
  • Support the Practice Group Leader, as needed, in other matters regarding practice group management, approvals, and initiatives.


Education and Experience Required:


  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's or JD preferred
  • Five or more years of supervisory and/or management experience in a law firm or professional services environment
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and build credibility with lawyers
  • Possesses superior organizational and time-management skills, including the ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to work independently and be proactive
  • Strong computer skills including experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Good judgment
  • Able to accept responsibility and take initiative
  • 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


Pay range $160,000 - $200,000 year

Compensation can vary based on qualifications and experience.

Lewis Roca offers competitive compensation and benefits, including:


  • 401(k) with generous employer match
  • 3 weeks of paid time off
  • 10-paid holidays per year
  • Benefits start on day 1
  • Several medical plan options to choose from, including traditional plans and HSA-qualified plans
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Gym reimbursement
  • Well-being program
  • Technology stipend
  • Employer-paid life insurance and long-term disability
  • And much more!


How to Apply

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The application window for this role is 30 days, or until the position is filled.

Lewis Roca is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, color, age, physical or mental disability, spousal affiliation, marital status, a serious medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.

For more information about equal employment opportunity, please click here for the "Know Your Rights" poster . To request a disability accommodation in the application process, please click here . Lewis Roca participates in E-Verify, please click here for more information. For information regarding your Right to Work, please click here .



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