Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Requisition Number: Assistant (Legal Secretary)-09-2018-002
Job Title: Assistant (Legal Secretary)
City: Palo Alto
State: CA
Shift: 9am - 5:30pm
Hours: 37.5

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, Seoul, 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.

Assistant (Legal Secretary)

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Description/Job Summary

This position is located in the Palo Alto office of Simpson Thacher. The Assistant (Legal Secretary) is responsible for providing support for assigned attorneys and/or senior management by performing a variety of legal secretarial duties.


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

Required Experience

  • 5+ years of administrative experience in an office environment

Preferred Experience

  • 3-5 years of experience in a law firm environment

Required Education

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent required

Preferred Education

  • Associates Degree preferred


Responsible for heavy letter drafting and editing bill narratives. Some overtime as needed.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is committed to a collegial work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The Firm prohibits discrimination or harassment based upon race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, marital or partnership status, sexual orientation, protected veteran’s status or any other legally protected status. “Gender” includes actual or perceived sex, a person’s gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression, whether or not that gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the legal sex assigned to that person at birth. This Policy pertains to every aspect of an individual’s relationship with the Firm, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, training and development, promotion, transfer, discipline, termination, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.