Sidley Austin LLP

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Client Relations Specialist

Client Relations Specialist

Recruiting Location 
US-NY-New York

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The Client Relations Specialist - Awards works closely with the Manager, Client Relations to develop and implement systems to streamline and improve processes related to legal directory, awards research and results, in order to increase rankings and recognition for the Firm and its lawyers.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works with stakeholders in various Firm departments to create, implement and maintain systems to streamline legal directory and awards processes.
  • Handles and directs, as appropriate, Firm and lawyer awards nominations, including: liaising with PR firm, tracking nominations and results, gathering and consolidating data and information, and performing initial review of nominations prepared by PR firm.
  • Collaborates with Manager to create best practices, timelines, templates, and process documents for all legal directory submissions and awards nominations.
  • Provides structure, advice and counseling to global marketing team in order to meet legal directory submissions and awards deadlines.
  • Partners with global marketing team on key legal directory submissions and awards nominations, including writing, reviewing and editing as needed.
  • Compiles relevant analysis and market intelligence and works with various Firm departments to gather information needed to make compelling legal directory submissions and awards nominations.
  • Interfaces with editors and researchers in connection with awards opportunities, in order to determine the Firm’s participation and to improve nominations.
  • Leverages marketing efforts in connection with legal directory and awards results.
  • Researches new opportunities and analyzes legal directory/awards participation and marketing efforts by competitor firms.
  • Analyzes and reports on Firm’s accolades (legal directory rankings and awards).
  • Leads special projects as needed.


Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If you need such an accommodation, please email (current employees should contact Human Resources).

Education and/or Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of three years of related work experience
  • Excellent writing/editing and proofreading skills
  • Excellent research and interviewing skills


  • Marketing experience in a professional services environment
  • A minimum of one year of hands-on experience with awards and directories or a minimum of three years of experience as a researcher/editor with a top legal directory or other legal publication

Other Skills and Abilities:

The following will also be required of the successful candidate:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good judgment
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • 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


Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.