Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP is seeking an experienced lawyer to join our Knowledge and Practice Innovation team as a leader and integrated member of our litigation practice. The Knowledge and Practice Innovation lawyer is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies and initiatives that will meet the knowledge and practice innovation needs of our litigation group in Ontario. The successful candidate will lead the development of critical knowledge and practice resources, implement effective solutions and market best-practices to improve work processes, and work side by side members of the Practice Group through hands on practice support. They will also participate in initiatives related to education, training programs, thought leadership and analysis of new developments and innovative approaches to practice. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is looking to develop their expertise and is keen to build a knowledge program that contributes to the overall success of the Firm’s litigation practice.
Coordinate with Practice Group leaders and the Knowledge and Practice Innovation team to develop strategies, set priorities, translate objectives into plans, and implement solutions and best practices to increase effectiveness and efficiency in the Practice Group.
Create, develop, update, and maintain knowledge resources and substantive content for the Practice Group such as checklists, data points, toolkits, off-the-shelf research and precedents.
Ensure that the knowledge and practice resources are leveraged by the Practice Group and are organized and easily accessible through the Firm's Knowledge Bank, enterprise search and other content sharing platforms.
Stay at the forefront of important practice and legal developments, sharing key information with members of the Practice Group and contributing to thought leadership for clients.
Contribute to the creation of business development materials and budgets that require input on substantive legal or practice points.
Work with lawyers to establish processes to capture matter descriptions and categorizations in the Firm’s experience management system.
Identify and lead initiatives for the development of education and training materials and programs targeted towards lawyers and paralegals.
Coordinate with the Practice Innovation team to identify opportunities and implement solutions to enhance the delivery of legal services through legal technology, automation or productized services.
Coordinate with the Firm’s Litigation Knowledge and Practice Support Lawyers in other regions with respect to initiatives for the Practice Group on a firmwide bases. Collaborate with other members of the Knowledge and Innovation Team to facilitate the sharing of best practices across the firm.
Provide legal advice and services to internal legal teams on various litigation mandates which may include research support, practice and e-discovery support or specialized legal expertise.
Minimum of 5 years of client facing legal experience as a litigation lawyer in a leading firm, with excellent academic credentials and extensive knowledge of relevant legal practices and documents in Ontario.
Strong technical legal, analytical, writing and communication skills combined with the ability to use logic to solve complex problems, excellent organizational skills, and rigorous attention to detail.
Excellent project management skills, the ability to balance competing demands, demonstrated good business judgment and experience working efficiently and collaboratively with cross functional and multi location teams.
Curiosity and a growth mindset, with a strong interest in evolving best practices in legal and knowledge industries.
J.D. or equivalent
The candidate will report to the heads of the Practice Group in Ontario and the firmwide Partner, Knowledge and Practice Innovation. The candidate must be in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
Please attach a cover letter, resume and law school transcripts with your application.
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Reporting to lawyers in the share and the Manager, Legal Assistant Services, the Legal Assistant, Business Law will be accountable to independently manage the daily activities of a team of lawyers in the Business Law group.
Hours of work are from 9 am to 5 pm. Occasional pre-authorized overtime may be required to meet client needs. We are currently working remotely and the role offers remote flexibility post pandemic.
At Fasken, success means:
Having a strong client service approach – you’re ready, willing, and able to put our clients first and exceed their expectations
Caring about one another – you possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build harmonious working relationships within your immediate team, across other departments in the firm, and the community
Working collaboratively – you’re a self starter who values working in a collaborative team based environment
Possessing exceptional communication skills (both verbal and written) when dealing with lawyers, clients, staff and third parties
Approaching your work with agility and the willingness to learn and utilise new technology
Being adaptable to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment while being organized and maintaining accuracy with a high attention to detail
Demonstrating strong research, investigative and problem solving skills with the ability to exercise judgement to resolve issues
Treating sensitive and confidential matters with discretion and diplomacy at all times
Handling all administrative duties such as email and calendar management, coordinating meetings, making travel arrangements, etc.
Preparing and maintaining a bring-forward system, as well as providing appropriate reminders
Under legal professional supervision, preparing legal documents and correspondence according to precedents and/or instructions (drafting letters, revising draft documents, and preparing document comparisons)
Liaising with Billing Coordinators for the monthly production of accounts
Ensuring all physical and electronic filing is organized and up to date on a regular basis
Delegating tasks too, and coordinating with, other administrative departments
Providing backup coverage in the absence of other assistants
Other duties, as assigned
Required Knowledge and Experience
Completion of a post-secondary Legal Assistant or Law Clerk course
2+ years’ related experience, preferably within a legal professional services firm
In-depth understanding of business and legal terminology
Strong technical proficiency in MS Office applications including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Experience working with 3E and iManage considered an asset
Diversity and Inclusion
At Fasken we believe a diverse workplace comprises individuals with unique backgrounds, characteristics and qualities. An inclusive workplace creates an equitable environment where individuals are respected and where they are welcome. Fasken is committed to diversity and inclusion in all that we do.
Accessibility and Accommodation
It is important to our Firm that all its members, including those with disabilities, find our workplace to be welcoming and supportive. Reasonable accommodations are available on request for candidates with disabilities taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
Background and Reference Checks
Any offer of employment may be conditional upon full background checks including a criminal record check, a credit check, employment and educational verifications.
We appreciate hearing from all qualified candidates, however, only those applicants whose background and experience match our requirements will be contacted.
NO AGENCIES, PLEASE.