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Professional Development Manager, Litigation

New York City, NY

Posted: 03/26/2024 Industry: Legal

Job Description

Professional Development Manager, Litigation

 Position Summary: The Professional Development Manager will manage all aspects of professional development for mid-level and senior associates in the Litigation practice group. Essential and typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • 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
  • Coordinate with Special Counsel for Pro Bono to ensure that Pro Bono matters are staffed promptly and efficiently. Associate 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. Orientation & Integration of New and Lateral Associates
  • Conduct orientation for first-year and lateral litigation associates.
  • Manage the Career Advisor Program, making associate/partner matches, developing social and other programs to support the program, and tracking participation among partners and associates.
  • Meet regularly with all mid-level and senior associates to monitor morale, answer questions, and address any concerns. Associate Retention
  • Analyze exit interview responses and data; suggest responsive measures as appropriate.
  • Make recommendations for improving associate recruiting and retention.
  • Organize regular social gatherings for litigation associates Associate Training
  • Create and or track associates’ experience to maximize the variety of work, exposure to different partners and senior associates, and development of new skills.
  • Work with the Litigation Training Committee and other PD managers to organize training programs and see through to execution.



Job Requirements

Qualifications/Position Requirements

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Able to propose creative solutions to challenging problems.
  • Determination and the ability to project confidence are essential.
  • Familiarity with Excel and comfortable creating and presenting PowerPoint and other presentations upon request.
  • Must have excellent leadership skills and be able to inspire confidence among associates and firm leaders.
  • The ability to maintain the confidentiality of personnel and other sensitive matters is critical as well as having availability during normal office hours and responsiveness to email after hours and on weekends is expected.


Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, JD preferred.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience collaborating with partners in a large law firm setting is expected.

Additional Information

At J. Katz & Partners, our team of executive search partners, senior consultants, and expert recruiters work closely with each client and candidate to fully understand their professional goals prior to the beginning of every search. Utilizing competitive intelligence and direct sourcing methodologies, we identify talent and career opportunities through a variety of sources and professional networks. J. Katz & Partners offers services in analytical, financial, and administrative recruitment, combined with the expertise in executive and professional search. Our reputation is the product of experience, integrity, and the long-term relationships that we have maintained with both clients and candidates throughout the nation.

Meet Your Recruiter

Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is the Founder and President of J.Katz & Partners and was the Managing Partner of Jemstone Associates. After attending Queens College, Jeff started his professional career in finance until discovering that he was more passionate about helping people with their careers than he was about their money. Jeff began his staffing career in 1990, managing the permanent divisions of two national staffing firms before launching Jemstone Associates in 2002. Jeff brings more than twenty years of national recruiting and account management experience covering a vast diversity of industries and disciplines. Contact Info: Direct- 212-551-1135 email-

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