Director, Client Accounting

Build your big career with the Firm that does Big Law better. McDermott Will & Emery is a leading global law firm that brings together more than 1,400 lawyers and 1,200 business professionals. We celebrate excellence, collaboration and community and have been recognized as a top workplace by The American Lawyer, Working Mother Magazine, Vault and the Human Rights Campaign. 

At McDermott, we don’t just invest in your future, we accelerate your career – wherever it may lead. That includes supporting you both in and outside of the office.

With us, you’ll find:

  • A Firm where everyone belongs: Our award-winning culture prioritizes warmth and authenticity we encourage you to be yourself!
  • Enthusiasm for diverse perspectives: We’re smarter and stronger when everyone has a voice and a seat at the table. We welcome unique viewpoints and ideas, and we make opportunities for you and your career to thrive.
  • Support to feel your best and do your best: Wellness is integral to building a successful career and a rich life. That’s why our benefits program supports your physical, emotional, mental and financial health, with an emphasis on work/life balance.
  • Real rewards for real work: We offer generous compensation packages that recognize hard work and excellence.


Position Summary;

The Director of Client Accounting manages the firm’s monthly billing and projections processes. This position promotes collaboration by directing workflows between the various accounting segments. The director engineers a career trajectory for their team by establishing clear pathways for growth and opportunities for skill enhancement.


As a Director of Client Accounting you will:  

  • Oversee the workflow and performance of the billing team, including providing ongoing performance feedback and participating in the annual staff performance evaluation process
  • Cultivate a culture of collaboration in order to unify the department
  • Responsible for approving all assigned expense reports
  • Collaborate with the Senior Director of Client Accounting to establish and implement standard operating procedures and departmental policies
  • Manage and assess process improvement plans and projects to ensure the completion of milestones
  • Provide ongoing insight into monthly billing performance by measuring key performance indicators
  • Create training platform for our billing specialists so they understand all duties for their role


Job Specifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • At least ten (10) years of related work experience
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word)
  • Advanced knowledge of statistical analysis concepts, frameworks, and principles
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and prioritize responsibilities
  • Ability to handle and maintain confidential information


As part of our ongoing commitment to be #AlwaysBetter for our people, clients and communities, we have created a culture of belonging that champions your individuality as both a person and a professional. From our competitive compensation, top benefits and award-winning professional development programs to industry-leading wellness initiatives, we support you through every stage of your life and career. With McDermott, you can live a life you love both in and outside of the office.

Successful candidates will be provided with outstanding career opportunities and will receive a competitive total rewards package with the opportunity to earn performance-based bonuses. ​

Expected Pay Range in  New York, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley – $220,300 – $305,100 

Expected Pay Range in Los Angeles – $210,800 – $291,800

Expected Pay Range in Orange County – $201,200 – $278,600

Please note that quoted salary ranges are not guarantees of what final salary offers may be. Base pay is based on market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Base pay is only one part of the Total Rewards that MWE provides to compensate and recognize our staff professionals for their work. Full time positions are eligible for a discretionary bonus and a comprehensive benefits package. 


Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stoop, talk and hear
  • Employee must occasionally lift up to twenty (20) pounds

Work Environment:

Typical indoor office environment


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people within this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this job.