Requisition Number: 2020-09-02025-0174-002
Job Title: Central KM Lawyer
City: New York
State: NY
Shift: Monday - Friday; 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Hours: 40

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is a leading global law firm with offices in New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Established in 1884, the Firm currently has more than 850 lawyers. On a world-wide basis, the Firm provides coordinated legal advice on the largest and most complex corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the Firm’s practice.

Central KM Lawyer

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Description/Job Summary

The Knowledge Management Lawyer (KML) is responsible for leading and supporting the development of the Knowledge Strategy for various practice groups within the firm not supported by a dedicated KML (the Practice Groups), and implementing projects to meet these groups’ knowledge needs. This includes spearheading and designing processes for the collation of research materials, standard forms, model documents, matter profiles, other data compilations and precedents. With the support of the Knowledge Department, this role develops best practices to increase efficiency within the Practice Groups.

This role is also responsible for contributing to active thought leadership and business development by establishing processes for actively monitoring and sharing legal and market developments and trends in the law or business environment, as well as identifying areas to develop for both the Practice Groups and new and existing clients.

Additionally, the KML will provide legal and practical expertise to the Practice Groups, both directly and through contributing to the training and mentoring of associates.

Responsibilities/Duties

Knowledge Strategy

  • Coordinate with the Knowledge Department and Practice Group attorneys to develop and implement solutions and best practices to increase efficiency in each Practice Group

Knowledge Bank & Matter Management

  • Create, develop and maintain forms, precedents, checklists, data points, and other substantive content for the Practice Groups; ensuring such content is continuously up-to-date and accurately recorded
  • Identify, collect and organize work product for each Practice Group in the relevant Knowledge database, ensuring content is readily accessible on the Firm’s intranet and other content sharing platforms
  • Work with associates to establish processes to capture matter descriptions and categorizations in the Matter profiling system and ensure full matter profiles are updated to reflect the work conducted
  • Assist with setting up a process for producing closing binders and collecting valuable precedent information, periodically review transaction information, highlight trends and make recommendations for template form changes, refined due diligence focal points and negotiating positions  

Thought Leadership

  • Monitor and inform the Practice Groups of important legal and market developments; supporting the writing and publication of external client alerts on such developments
  • Assist in identifying issues and developments of relevance to key clients
  • Author and publish research on legal developments or new areas of law relevant to the Group

Business Development

  • Assist and coordinate with business development on preparation of pitch-books and relevant materials for business development
  • Coordinate requests between partners and business development in compiling research on existing or prospective clients
  • Develop protocols for client required compliance or preferences and ensure client-specific information is disseminated to associates
  • Integrate compliance protocols, including updates and changes into transaction templates, due diligence forms, and transaction guides

Training & Mentorship

  • Work with firm’s training personnel, Professional Development, and Practice Group members to identify practice-related training needs of each Practice Group, including developing and delivering Practice Group training, materials, workshop sessions, seminars, and various CLE programs targeted towards associates
  • Mentor associates by providing them with best practices and assisting them with locating practice-related knowledge resources and documents
  • Be a source of legal, market, and practical expertise for all members of each Practice Group, including the provision of direct support for client matters
  • Coordinate with Practice Innovation and Legal Project Management teams to identify opportunities to enhance the delivery of legal services within each Practice Group, and assist in the evaluation and piloting of legal technology, including document, expert systems, artificial intelligence applications and client-facing applications

Collaboration

  • Collaborate with other KMLs in the Firm
  • Attend Knowledge Department meetings to facilitate the sharing of best practices and knowledge
  • Coordinate with other support groups and departments of the Firm (including Business Development and others) to improve content, procedures and communications to streamline processes and satisfy various departmental needs

Other Central and Bespoke Projects

  • Manage other central projects, such as monitoring and directing requests for assistance to appropriate personnel within the Practice Group, overseeing a referral database, knowledge bank taxonomy, etc.
  • Work closely with the Director of KM to provide input to the KM Group’s budget including projected costs for Central KM projects and periodic assessment of actual expenditures versus budgeted amounts.
  • Provide other knowledge support to the Practice Groups as may be assigned by the Practice Group Heads, Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer, and Knowledge Management Director

Required Experience

  • Minimum of seven years of experience required, with emphasis on practicing law in one of the relevant practices (ideally in a top global law firm); experience in a similar knowledge management role highly valued
  • Extensive knowledge of relevant legal practices and documents in at least one of the relevant practices
  • Ability to handle multiple project workstreams and timelines across multiple Practice Groups and departments simultaneously
  • Outstanding communication, both written and verbal, including ability to communicate with senior and junior attorneys (including on matters within candidate’s Practice Group experience and across Practice Groups) and non-legal staff/departments
  • Self-starter and highly motivated, quick learner with ability to translate concepts and insights from one Practice Group to another
  • Strong customer service and prompt response time to incoming requests
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to solve problems regarding both technical issues and situations involving collaboration with attorneys and non-legal staff/departments
  • Good business judgment and analytical skills

Required Education

  • J.D. or equivalent
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