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Administrative Assistant

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (including its associated entities) is an elite global law firm with world-class practices across the board. Clients know they can rely on us for their most challenging legal and business matters. From offices in the world’s key financial centers and political capitals, our more than 1,000 lawyers collaborate seamlessly to deliver exceptional service, sophisticated advice and creative, practical solutions.
Job title
Administrative Assistant
New York
Administrative Assistant
Reports to

Manager, Administrative Assistants

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm (overtime as required)

Position Summary

The Administrative Assistant provides secretarial, technical and organizational assistance to lawyers and other managerial staff, as assigned. This is a dynamic position requiring the ability to demonstrate professionalism, effective communication skills and use of good judgment through understanding of the Firm’s policies as a valued member of a support team.

Essentials Duties and Responsibilities

Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Create, revise and print correspondence, memoranda and other legal documents
  • Answer and place telephone calls professionally; take accurate and complete messages
  • Review electronic and physical mail and other correspondence
  • Establish and maintain calendar for principals
  • Make appointments and travel arrangements for principals
  • Transcribe and type dictation to produce a variety of legal documents as requested by lawyers
  • File documents
  • Organize client and internal meetings
  • Input attorney time and reimbursable expenses
  • Prepare client bills and track payments
  • Understand and calculate financials related to billing invoices
  • Fill printers and copier with paper each morning and during the day as necessary
Qualifications / Position Requirements
  • Ability to manage a varied workload and meet deadlines
  • Must be punctual and reliable
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other applications as needed
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to work collaboratively with lawyers and staff, demonstrating strong teamwork and a positive attitude
  • Flexibility in daily schedule to accommodate unexpected situations arising from attorneys/legal assistants and other staff
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to proofread typed material for typographical, spelling and grammatical errors
  • Ability to type with speed and accuracy
  • Ensure confidentiality of all the Firm’s and clients documentation and information
Education and/or Experience
  • Associate Degree or higher
  • 1 to 5 years’ experience as an administrative assistant or paralegal

The expected base salary for this position ranges from $60,000 - $105,000. Salary offers are based on a wide range of factors including relevant skills, training, experience, education, anticipated assignment, and, where applicable, licensure or certifications obtained. Market and organizational factors are also considered. Davis Polk offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter.

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This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.