Professional Development Manager – Litigation

New York, NY


The Professional Development Manager will manage all aspects of professional development for mid-level and senior associates in the Litigation practice group.


Staffing/ Work Allocation

  • Support staffing partners in our White Collar, Antitrust, Civil Litigation, and IP Litigation practice areas, focusing primarily on White Collar and Antitrust
  • Advise 4th – senior associates in the litigation department and assist with staffing 1st – 3rd year associates as needed
  • Monitor associates’ availability and professional development
  • Create reports for litigation partners to assist with staffing and utilization
  • Track associates’ experience in order to maximize the variety of work, exposure to different partners and senior associates, and development of new skills

Attorney Reviews

  • Coordinate the performance evaluation process for litigation associates and counsel
  • Prepare written review summaries for all mid-level and senior litigation associates
  • Provide oral summary reports on associates and counsel during review meetings and help identify performance issues and training needs
  • Track and facilitate the realization of Professional Development Priorities identified during year-end review process
  • Orientation & Integration of New and Lateral Attorneys
  • Conduct orientation for first year and lateral litigation associates
  • Meet regularly with all mid-level and senior associates to monitor morale, answer questions, and address any concerns
  • Provide support to new parents; manage re-integration and conduct regular check-in meetings
  • Assist with secondment requests, follow-up and re‑integration

Attorney Retention

  • Prepare data for discussion with practice group and firm leadership regarding professional development and retention of attorneys
  • Make recommendations for improving associate recruiting and retention
  • Organize regular practice groups meetings and social gatherings

Attorney Training

  • Work with practice groups leaders, Litigation Training Committee and other PD managers to identify training needs and skill gaps, and organize training programs to address those needs


  • Bachelor’s degree required, JD preferred. 
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience collaborating with partners in a large law firm setting expected.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. 
  • Able to propose creative solutions to challenging problems. 
  • Determination and ability to project confidence essential. 
  • Familiarity with Excel and comfortable creating and presenting PowerPoint and other presentations upon request expected. 
  • Must have excellent leadership skills and be able to inspire confidence among associates and firm leaders. 
  • Availability during normal office hours is essential and responsiveness to email after hours and on weekends is expected. 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of personnel and other sensitive matters is critical.


The expected base salary for this position ranges from $200,000 – $225,000. Salary offers are based on a wide range of factors including relevant skills, training, experience, education, and, where applicable, licensure or certifications obtained. Market and organizational factors are also considered.

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