Human Resources Manager

Build your 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 Human Resources Manager leads Human Resources processes for the local office(s) and supports the ongoing development of a high-performance workforce. Through effective collaboration with key stakeholders, the Human Resources Manager promotes a culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity, and goal attainment. The Human Resources Manager is responsible for implementing people related services, policies, and programs. This position works under minimal supervision and relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.


As a Human Resources Manager you will:

  • Partner with office and Firm leadership to drive forth local and firmwide initiatives aimed at fostering an engaged and high-performing workforce
  • Manage onboarding processes and host new hire orientations for attorneys and staff
  • Lead attorney and staff departure processes to include conducting exit interviews for departing staff
  • Assess and manage employee relations issues by conducting internal investigations, leading corrective action processes, and providing termination recommendations
  • Establish and maintain relationships with local office leaders, offering coaching, guidance, and training support
  • Support firmwide performance management processes for attorneys and staff
  • Manage electronic and physical personnel files
  • Oversee the unemployment claim process by reviewing and responding to claims and representing the Firm at hearings as necessary
  • Assist employees with accommodation requests including leaves of absence, workers’ compensation, and those under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA)
  • Research federal, state and local employment laws and regulations, and compare internal policies and practices to ensure compliance


Job Specifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Five (5) or more years of related work experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word)
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to analyze data in order to make strategic and operational decisions
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in ambiguous situations
  • Ability to build relationships and influence the thinking of business partners
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and prioritize responsibilities
  • Ability to handle and maintain confidential information
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment


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.

Disclaimer: 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.

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.

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