Practice Technology Manager

Simpson Thacher

Full time

New York, NY, USA

Apr 15

The Manager, Practice Technology is responsible for driving and delivering administrative initiatives within the Practice Technology Group and providing direct assistance to the Director of Practice Technology to ensure the goals of the Knowledge Department are met. This position requires collaboration with the Directors of the Knowledge Management Department, Partners, Knowledge Management Lawyers, the Firm’s IT Department, as well as other Business Functions at the Firm. Additionally, the Manager, Practice Technology will provide legal teams with technical support in discussions with clients and opposing counsel. 

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Assist Director of Practice Technology delegate tasks and assignments related to core responsibilities of Practice Technology Analysts
  • Oversee and administer the development and publication of reports created by members of the Practice Technology Group; coordinate with Analytics team to develop data models for use by Practice Technology Group
  • Coordinate development and maintenance of best practices surrounding emerging Litigation technologies and practice-specific platforms supported by the Practice Technology Group
  • Administer Litigation Case Management tool, Opus 2, including license monitoring and cost containment, platform development feedback and oversight of workspace deployment by Practice Technology Group
  • Assist Knowledge Management Lawyers in development and roll-out of custom-built solutions
  • Participate in the interviewing and assessment of candidates for various positions within the Knowledge Management Department.
  • Partake in regular Litigation KIT Committee meetings regarding initiatives to modernize and improve the use of technology in Litigation Practice
  • Provide e-discovery expertise to litigation teams
  • Discuss e-discovery retention and collection practices with legal teams and clients
  • Assist litigation teams in negotiations with opposing parties regarding technical aspects of ESI protocols
  • Analyze e-discovery data and recommend cost-effective means of attorney review
  • Assist legal teams in the procurement of e-discovery vendors and cost comparison
  • Review e-discovery vendor agreements and propose appropriate provisions
  • Assist legal teams administer engagements with e-discovery vendors
  • Create and administer in-house databases for document reviews; provide project management, technical support and quality control
  • Assist with the assembly and preparation of document productions, privilege logs, and data exports
  • Create and administer case management workspaces for deposition, hearing and trial transcripts, including the storage, linking and synchronization of related exhibits and video
  • Alert legal teams on issues to consider in connection with cross-border data
  • Support repositories for content collaboration among different parties
  • Administer, support and monitor due diligence document review platforms, document automation solutions and documents extraction solutions to obtain valuable business information
  • Liaise between the legal teams, vendors and other Firm support teams to ensure support of practice-specific systems
  • Create, maintain and customize SharePoint sites and document libraries
  • Provide or facilitate end-user training for practice-specific solutions
  • Design training material and prepare systems documentations
  • Report daily activities as directed
  • Oversee and administer software and licensing needs of the Knowledge Management Department
  • Handle projects on request under the direction of the CKIO, Director of Practice Technology and other executive staff

Required Experience

  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience required
  • Familiarity with all phases of discovery in litigation and good conceptual understating of the EDRM Model
  • Ability to effectively present information verbally and in writing
  • Ability to maintain strictconfidentiality at all times
  • Work effectively across work groups and assist in the coordination of information and take leadership when appropriate
  • Experience working both independently and in a team oriented, collaborative environment
  • Project management skills with ability to multi-task among multiple time-sensitive matters
  • Adapt well to changing priorities and maintain composure during stressful situations due to workload and/or deadlines
  • Strong vendor management skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to respond to situations as they arise with minimal supervision
  • Working knowledge of Opus 2, HighQ, Relativity and Brainspace and other market leading legal software
  • Working knowledge of industry standard tools related to handling and processing ESI for document review and production
  • Ability to parse and edit industry standard load files associated with electronic discovery and document review platforms
  • Strong technical skills and aptitude with a willingness to learn new software
  • Experience using enterprise visualization tools, e.g. MS Power BI

Education

  • Bachelor's degree is required
  • Master’s degree preferred

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