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Practice Development Assistant (Private Equity Transactions and Mergers & Acquisitions)

Boston, MA
United States

About Ropes & Gray
Ropes & Gray LLP is a preeminent global law firm focused on providing the highest-quality advice on our clients’ critical legal and business issues. Our global team of 2,500 talented professionals regularly helps clients meet high-stakes challenges, solve complex problems and achieve key goals. These colleagues work together across a global office network that includes offices in Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

We are a contemporary firm that can bring more than 150 years of legal and institutional history to bear on the challenges clients face in today’s global, 24/7 business environment. Our collaborative approach gives our clients—which include many of the world’s most respected companies and institutions—ready access to leading corporate, litigation, transactional and regulatory lawyers whose knowledge and experience span industries and geographies.

With an international presence, we focus primarily on the asset management, technology, life sciences, health care and real estate industries. Our clients include global industry leaders, financial institutions, investment firms, private equity firms, hospitals and health care organizations, educational institutions and individuals.

We have consistently been recognized for our leading practices in many areas, including private equity, M&A, life sciences, health care, finance, investment management, hedge funds, tax, real estate, intellectual property, commercial and securities litigation, government enforcement, antitrust, and privacy and data security.
Ropes & Gray is an equal opportunity employer.


What Is Practice Development at Ropes & Gray? Practice Development plays an essential role in Ropes & Gray’s business strategy. Our Practice Development professionals, working in teams, are embedded within each of the firm’s practice groups and offices around the world. Each team stands in a unique position, working closely with the partners in the relevant practice group or office to design and implement a variety of business initiatives to help the practice group or office achieve its strategic priorities. Each Practice Development team also manages the core business functions of each practice group or office, including in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, business development, lateral partner integration and knowledge management. Our Practice Development professionals serve as trusted advisers for the partners in the practice group or office and as liaisons on behalf of their practice group or office with many other staff departments at the firm.

Why Become a Practice Development Assistant at Ropes & Gray? Because our Practice Development teams are uniquely embedded within their practice group or office (described above), the Practice Development Assistant (“PDA”) position offers excellent professional development opportunities to motivated individuals with a client service mindset who are eager to learn the fundamentals of marketing, business development and project management in a fast-paced yet collaborative, team-oriented environment. Our PDAs gain a broad and well-rounded set of business skills, attorney-facing responsibility and subject matter expertise in the practice area(s) they support.


Assist the Sr. Director of Practice Development, Practice Development Manager and Practice Development Specialists ("PD Team") in all aspects of managing two of the firm’s transactional practice groups (Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions). Support will include tasks associated with marketing, business development, financial analysis, knowledge management, attorney development and training. Assist the PD Team as well as Practice Group Leader(s), partners, and other attorneys and professional staff in the implementation of practice group strategic and individual partner plans within the context of overall firm strategy, including assisting in cross-practice group coordination. Act as a liaison to other practice groups and administrative functions regarding group support needs. Contribute to the overall success of practice group performance.


Maintain systems and processes for collecting, tracking, reporting, and analyzing all types of practice group data for various purposes, including for legal ranking and similar submissions.

Support PD Team in managing practice and business development initiatives, including capturing next steps, coordinating partner meetings, utilizing available resources, preparing deliverables, and creating and maintaining tracking systems to drive progress.

Support PD Team on marketing initiatives, including client presentations, responses to RFPs, pitches, webinars, website updates, sponsorships and other client- or external-facing events. Assist in updating and/or developing practice group marketing materials and manage creative process.

Assist PD Team in reporting and monitoring practice group metrics.

Conduct research and collect data for various projects. Manage library services requests.

Update and maintain appropriate practice group intranet and other internal knowledge management pages (including posting of news, articles, case law, training materials or other relevant information).

Schedule and coordinating group lunches and meetings as well as internal practice group events.

Help with coordination of internal associate training programs and work with Professional Development to handle related logistics.

Assist PD Team with the input of practice group and client matter data into a database and into other practice group and firm-wide tracking systems. Help monitor to ensure information across systems is accurate and consistently up to date.

Update and maintain the practice groups’ internal and external email lists, and alumni lists.

Liaising with the firm wide business support teams to create and support best practice in relation to PD and firm clients.

Other ad-hoc projects as required.


An undergraduate degree.

A background in business, marketing or equivalent experience is desirable.

Strong project management and organizational skills, including ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.

Ability to proactively identify and solve problems, work independently, and take initiative.

Ability to compile, review, and determine logical conclusions or recommendations based on data and information which is varied in content and format.

Strong attention to detail.

Strong oral communication, research, and writing skills.

Demonstrated ability to effectively use technology, database, presentation, document management and spreadsheet software.

High level of professionalism and strong interpersonal skills to work effectively with people at all levels.

Flexible, committed and enthusiastic.

Ability to work calmly under pressure and to tight deadlines.

Establish credibility with Ropes & Gray attorneys and professional staff to bring to bear the right mix of confidence, tact and persistence in working with the firm’s lawyers and professional staff.