Sidley Austin LLP

  • Legal Secretary - Corporate

    Recruiting Location US-TX-Houston
    Secretarial Services
  • Summary

    A Corporate M&A legal secretary assists lawyers and other legal personnel with regard to document production and various administrative details; coordinates and maintains effective office procedures and efficient work flow; follows policies and procedures set by the Firm; establishes and maintains harmonious working relationships with all personnel, clients, vendors and guests of the Firm.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Types, formats, edits and finalizes documents, including correspondence, memoranda, agreements, etc., in accordance with the Firm's document formatting standards, using a PC with a word processing package and other Firm software.
    • Organizes clerical functions and work flow.
    • Enters, proofreads for accuracy and posts lawyers' time diaries on a daily basis (as received from assignments).
    • Coordinates travel arrangements, including air, hotel and car for lawyers and clients. Processes lawyers' travel expenses.
    • Proofreads all documents, correspondence, etc., to ensure accuracy of copy, grammar, punctuation and syntax. Checks to ensure accuracy of jobs sent to duplicating service.
    • Receives, screens and transmits telephone calls, conference calls and messages to lawyers, clients and staff.
    • Promptly processes incoming and outgoing mail and distributes upon receipt.
    • Coordinates conferences, meetings and appointments for lawyers and clients. Schedules conference rooms and food service.
    • Maintains the calendar of meetings and business trips for assignments. Apprises assigned lawyers of their schedules in advance of their commitments.
    • Coordinates the prompt production, processing and delivery of assignments' work products through Reprographics, i.e. duplicating, messenger and telecommunication services.
    • Coordinates client billing with billing services, as needed.
    • Obtains information from library services and makes copies, as requested.
    • Maintains a safe and unobstructed work area, including a neat and well-organized desk. Demonstrates safe work practices.
    • Maintains all client files on a daily basis in accordance with standards set by Records Management Center. Maintains other files, as needed.
    • Performs a variety of secretarial functions, including processing new client/matters and expense reports, preparing notebooks and exhibits, etc.
    • Performs other work related duties as assigned or as judgment or necessity dictates.


    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)



    • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); three or more years of related work experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Word, legal terminology and formats (legal documents).



    • Types accurately at or around 65 wpm.


    Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


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