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Legal Secretary (Private Client & Tax)

We are currently recruiting for a Legal Secretary to join our New Haven office!

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Permanent - Full Time


New Haven

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The legal secretary position at Withers Bergman LLP is responsible for providing a broad range of secretarial and administrative support to attorneys, fee-earners, administrative personnel and clients.  This role is resident in the New Haven office and is assigned to the Private Client and Tax division. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Responsible for answering all incoming phone calls in a professional manner, answering questions where possible, intelligently directing calls, taking detailed messages where appropriate.
  • Drafts letters and responses to IRS requests; collects and analyzes information; prepares charts, graphs, and other visuals.
  • Supports fee-earners and clients by reading, researching, reviewing, verifying, and routing correspondence, tax returns, reports and legal documents.
  • Maintains attorneys' calendars by scheduling Zoom/Microsoft Teams meetings, conference, and travel.
  • Compiles voluminous submissions to governmental agencies (often the IRS) with attention to detail.
  • Coordinates team meetings and calendars team deadlines for IRS/State responses.
  • Maintains hard copy and electronic filing system (FileSite/iManage)
  • Schedules meetings with internal and external participants and arranges conferences, and travel arrangements.
  • Communicates and obtains information from/for internal and external clients.
  • Supports the New Client Intake process which includes the conflicts check, matter details and Engagement Letter preparation.
  • Operates office equipment including photocopy machine, scanner, and fax machine.
  • Maintains confidentiality of client and firm matters.
  • Inputs attorney time into timekeeping software (3E) as needed.
  • Prepares Chrome River reimbursements reports for assigned fee-earners as needed.
  • Coordinates monthly billing process between accounting and assigned partner(s). This includes preparation of draft and final client invoices and transmittal of same.
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned.

Key Skills and Experience 

  • Has built a career assisting others and knows the level of attention this role demands.
  • Comfortable speaking on the phone frequently, calmly and with confidence coupled with active listening skills.
  • Comfortable using various ways to stay on top of to-do list.
  • Enjoys fixing problems, as tax controversy is fundamentally helping clients with a problem.
  • Is highly resourceful, composed and empathetic.
  • Is energized by a sizeable fast-paced tax controversy practice. 
  • Proven capability in providing a high degree of client service in all interactions.
  • Expertly leverages relationships to coordinate complicated calendars, prepare documents for meetings, track deadlines and contribute to ad hoc projects.
  • Has 2+ years of administrative experience supporting multiple attorneys or senior leaders simultaneously, law firm experience preferred but not required

What Success Looks Like  

  • Accomplishing team client service goals.
  • Demonstrating by example what it looks like to succeed as a Team Member.
  • Leading the team operationally to ensure success.
  • Managing the partner's calendar to enable them to complete client work and think strategically and creatively for clients.
  • Tackling new technology, challenge and projects with confidence.
  • Inspiring the confidence of clients and referral sources (internal and external) who trust that they are in good hands and are routed in the right direction.

Education Requirements 

  • High school diploma required; Bachelor's degree preferred.

About Withersworldwide 

Withersworldwide has been acting for successful individuals, families and institutions for over 100 years.

We advise clients on the full range of their business, personal and philanthropic legal needs, both at home and abroad.  With offices in the key financial centers of Europe, Asia-Pacific, the United States and the Caribbean, we provide coverage and services that other law firms focused on the needs of the individual cannot.  We have represented 46% of the Top 100 in The Sunday Times Rich List, 25% of the US Top 100 Forbes Rich List, 30% of the Top 20 Hong Kong billionaires in the Forbes World's Billionaires list and over 20% of the Forbes Asia's Richest Families list.

Equal Opportunities Employment Statement 

Withers Bergman LLP is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  Equal employment opportunity has been and will continue to be a fundamental principle at the firm. Employment at the firm is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  The firm prohibits and will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment on the basis of any of these classifications or characteristics.

If you are interested in applying for employment and need special assistance or an accommodation to use our website to apply for a position, please contact the firm at 203 789 1320 or email with your request.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.

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