Sidley Austin LLP

Accounts Receivable Specialist

Recruiting Location US-IL-Chicago


The Accounts Receivable Specialist assists the Firm's partners with the collection of past due accounts receivable. This position requires extensive contact with both partners and clients and works closely with Accounts Receivable Managers.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Handle a significant portfolio of Firmwide Client Collection responsibilities in addition to the AR portfolio of the local office.
  • Review and analyze accounts receivable aging.
  • Understand and follow the electronic billing life cycle process in order to take the appropriate actions to resolve accounts receivable.
  • Contact clients via frequent phone calls, emails, and formal letters to follow-up on status of unpaid invoices.
  • Negotiate, document, and arrange payment schedules.
  • Document collection statuses using the Firm’s collection system.
  • Assist with special projects, including creating, formatting, and editing Excel spreadsheets.
  • Type statements and correspondences, including the preparation of charts and tables.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (the “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.  Employees or applicants who need an accommodation should contact Human Resources. If you need such an accommodation, please email (current employees should contact Human Resources).


Education and/or Experience:


  • Associate’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three or more years of experience in law firm collections or billing
  • Professional service firm experience in collections or billing
  • Demonstrated ability and familiarity with using electronic billing vendor websites.
  • Ability to type 40 wpm with emphasis on accuracy


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
  • A self-starter who desires to show ownership and commitment to the job
  • Proofreads accurately
  • Strong mathematic skills


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


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