Legal Assistant - Medical Defense

  • Gowling WLG
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 04, 2023
Full time Legal Assistant Legal Support

Job Description


At Gowling WLG, our dedication to excellence and quality service begins with our people. As a global law firm with offices across Canada, the U.K., Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we pride ourselves on sourcing and retaining top talent who bring energy, passion and commitment to the delivery of outstanding client service.

Employee satisfaction is important to us. We work hard to ensure that our people are motivated, engaged and empowered. We are guided by our firm’s Core Values - The Power of Teamwork, Always Striving to be Better, We all Bring Something Different - in all that we do.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are an integral part of our firm’s core values. We are always striving to build a more equitable, engaging and rewarding workplace by attracting and retaining talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. Our aim is to help everyone reach their full potential and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Our diverse group of legal professionals, law students, law clerks, paralegals, legal administrative assistants and business services team members work together, and are respected and valued for their individual contributions.


Working within our Advocacy group with a focus on Medical Defence, the Legal Administrative Assistant will perform full legal administrative work of a responsible and confidential nature for one or more professionals.


  • Performing full legal administrative work of a responsible and confidential nature;
  • Organizing and expediting the flow of work through the professional's practice, initiating any follow-up action as appropriate;
  • Working proactively in the day-to-day support of the professional's practice;
  • Accurately preparing legal documents and correspondence with minimal direction;
  • Using initiative and good judgment to relieve the professional of administrative detail;
  • Preparing and organizing meeting and briefing materials for the professional and file management;
  • Supporting the practice group in monitoring billing matters and undertaking of administrative tasks;
  • Transcribing and typing legal documents and correspondence;
  • Liaising between the legal professionals and various internal and external individuals, groups and clients at all levels;
  • Managing the professional’s calendar including travel arrangements;
  • Any other duties as required.


  • Relevant post-secondary education (such as a University degree or Administrative/Legal Administrative Assistant Diploma) coupled with a minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a professional environment (litigaiton preferred).
  • Good keyboard and dicta-typing skills are required.
  • Positive, can-do attitude and excellent problem-solving skills, with the ability to overcome challenges, to work with changing priorities, and to think ‘outside the box’ when looking for solutions.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other Firm members, with the aptitude to take care of clients’ needs in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Capacity to work independently, as well as in a team environment.
  • Ability to multi-task within a fast-paced environment.
  • Bilingualism (French/English) would be an asset.

Not sure if you meet all the requirements? If you are excited about this opportunity but your experience does not align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Gowling WLG is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know.

While we appreciate all applications received, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.