Legal Support Assistant

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.


The Legal Support Assistant provides administrative support to the assigned attorneys, paralegals, and secretaries within the Litigation Practice Group. This position functions as a liaison between attorneys and clients to provide services at a cost savings to the client. The Legal Support Assistant works under direct supervision and relies on instruction and pre-existing guidelines to perform the essential functions of the job.


As a Legal Support Assistant you will:

  • Coordinate meeting logistics including scheduling attendees, videoconferences, and conference rooms requesting equipment, preparing presentation materials, arranging refreshments, and welcoming visitors
  • Coordinate travel arrangements including hotel, flight, and transportation services
  • Create Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations including graphics and transitions
  • Input, review, edit, and update attorney time entries in Intapp
  • Edit, proofread, and redline documents and correspondence for accuracy, grammar, and formatting
  • Prepare documents and emails for attorney review, including letters, forms, charts, spreadsheets, and presentations
  • Proofread documents and emails for accuracy
  • Create, organize, and maintain electronic files via the Firm’s cloud systems and in accordance with Firm records retention policies


Job Specifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and judgment skills
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and prioritize responsibilities
  • Ability to handle and maintain confidential information
  • Ability to learn new concepts and skills quickly


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.

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.


#LI – MA1

#LI – Hybrid