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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP KM Lawyer,Capital Markets in New York, New York

Description/Job Summary

The Capital Markets Knowledge Management Lawyer (KML) is responsible for helping to develop the Practice Group's Knowledge Strategy and implementing projects to meet the Practice Group's knowledge needs. With the support of the Knowledge Department, this role develops and leverages best practices to increase effectiveness and efficiency within the Practice Group. This includes a collation of precedents, matter profiles, research materials, standard forms, model documents, and other data compilations. This role is also responsible for active thought leadership and business development by monitoring and sharing market developments, and trends in the law or business environment, identifying areas to develop for both the Practice Group and new and existing clients. Additionally, the KML will provide legal and practical expertise to the Practice Group's attorneys and paralegals, both directly and through the training and mentoring of associates.


Knowledge Strategy

  • Coordinate with the Knowledge Department and Practice Group attorneys to develop and implement solutions and best practices to increase effectiveness and efficiency in the Practice Group

Knowledge Bank & Matter Management

  • Create, develop, update and maintain forms, precedents, checklists, data points, and other substantive content for the Practice Group, ensuring such content is continuously up-to-date, accurately recorded, and leveraged by the Practice Group

  • Identify, collect, and organize work product for the Practice Group in the relevant Knowledge database, ensuring content is readily accessible on the Firm's intranet and other content sharing platforms

  • Work with attorneys to establish processes to capture matter descriptions and categorizations in the Matter profiling system and ensure full matter profiles are updated to reflect the work conducted

  • Assist with setting up a process for collecting valuable precedent information; periodically review matter information, highlight trends, and make recommendations for template form changes, refined procedural focal points, and negotiating positions

Thought Leadership

  • Monitor and inform the Practice Group of important legal and market developments; support the writing and publication of external client alerts on such developments

  • Assist in identifying issues and developments of relevance to key clients

  • Author and publish research on legal developments or new areas of law relevant to the Practice Group

Business Development

  • Assist and coordinate with Business Development on preparation of pitch-books and relevant materials for business development

  • Coordinate requests between partners and Business Development in compiling research on existing or prospective clients

  • Develop protocols for client-required compliance or preferences and ensure that client-specific information is disseminated to associates

  • Integrate compliance protocols, including updates and changes into matter templates, forms, and matter map guides

Training & Mentorship

  • Work with the Firm's training personnel and Professional Development to identify practice-related training needs of the Practice Group; develop and deliver Practice Group training, materials, workshop sessions, seminars, and various CLE programs targeted towards attorneys and paralegals

  • Mentor associates by providing them with best practices and assisting them in locating practice-related knowledge resources and documents

  • Be a source of legal, market, and practical expertise for all members of the Practice Group, including providing direct support for client matters

  • Coordinate with Practice Innovation team and legal project management to identify opportunities to enhance the delivery of legal services within the Practice Group, and assist in the evaluation and piloting of legal technology, including document, expert systems, artificial intelligence applications, and client-facing applications


  • Collaborate with other KMLs in the Firm and attend Knowledge Department meetings to facilitate the sharing of best practices and knowledge

  • Work closely with the Director of KM to provide input to the KM Group's budget including projected costs for Central KM projects and periodic assessment of actual expenditures versus budgeted amounts.

  • Coordinate with other support groups and departments of the Firm, i.e., Business Development, Professional Development, Technology and others, to improve content, procedures and communications to streamline processes and satisfy various departmental needs


  • Provide other knowledge support to the Practice Group as may be assigned by the Knowledge, Innovation and Technology Committee, Practice Group Co-Chairs, Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer, or KM Director

Required Experience

  • Minimum of seven years of Capital Markets experience

  • Extensive knowledge of relevant legal practices and documents

  • Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Self-starter and highly motivated

  • Strong customer service skills and prompt response time to incoming requests

  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills

  • Ability to solve problems, both for technical issues and in situations involving collaboration with attorneys and non-legal staff/departments

  • Demonstrated good business judgment and analytical skills

Required Education

  • J.D. or equivalent