Requisition Number: 2023-11-04030-3046-001
Job Title: Assistant (Legal Secretary)
City: Washington
State: DC
Shift: Monday-Friday; 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Hours: 37.5

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is one of the world’s leading international law firms. The Firm was established in 1884 and has more than 1,000 lawyers. Headquartered in New York with offices in Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., the Firm provides coordinated legal advice and transactional capability to clients around the globe. 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.

Assistant (Legal Secretary)

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Description/Job Summary

The Assistant (Legal Secretary) is responsible for providing support for assigned attorneys and/or senior management performing a variety of legal secretarial and administrative duties.


  • Answer multiple phone lines; screen and direct calls them as appropriate
  • Maintain calendars, schedule meetings, and arrange conference/teleconference calls
  • Make arrangements for travel, transportation and accommodations via Internet and/or through the Firm’s travel department
  • Process expenses through Firm expense application (Chrome River)
  • Prepare attorney diaries through Firm diary application (Intapp)
  • Utilize various office machines to transmit data, print, duplicate, fax and PDF
  • Create and maintain attorney files using alphanumeric systems
  • Coordinate with Conference Services when scheduling meetings for room reservations, food/beverages and audio/visual equipment needs
  • Prepare and process client bills, working closely with Billing department
  • Create, revise and proofread letters and various legal documents
  • Provide backup coverage for other assistants and receptionists
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Skills

  • Ability to effectively present information verbally and in writing
  • Ability to type 50+ wpm; skilled typing ability and knowledge of personal computers, software, and related applications
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Basic math skills: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Must be able to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Ability to use diplomacy and discretion in relaying information
  • Can organize, prioritize, plan and multi-task work activities, with the ability to effectively meet deadlines in a high-pressure environment

Preferred Skills

  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint

Preferred Experience

  • 1 to 2 years of administrative experience in an office or professional services setting

Required Education

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent

Preferred Education

  • Four-year college degree


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