Director of Knowledge Management - Litigation - McDermott+Consulting

Director of Knowledge Management – Litigation

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Director of Knowledge Management - Litigation

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Position Summary:

The Director of Knowledge Management (Litigation) (DKM) for Litigation reports to the Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO) and supports litigators across Litigation, IP Litigation, Employment Litigation and Antitrust Litigation (collectively, McDermott Litigators) overall knowledge infrastructure and serves a necessary function for McDermott Litigators to work more effectively. This position manages processes, data, creates model forms, and facilitates training to enable the McDermott Litigators to operate more efficiently in order to produce both time and cost savings while providing additional value-add for clients.

The DKM coordinates the implementation of firm-wide knowledge management efforts for McDermott Litigators, collaborates with advisory partners designated by McDermott Litigators to create best practices, gains consensus on standards of operational efficiency, and develops measures of success for the KM program to support McDermott Litigators while promoting a culture of knowledge-sharing and practice innovation.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Organization and Dissemination of Knowledge

  • Evaluate current KM infrastructure and work to improve the ability to capture and disseminate information and research and identify and prioritize new projects to enhance efficiency of McDermott Litigators by working with the CKO and advisory partners designated by McDermott Litigators
  • Facilitate McDermott Litigators efforts to create and maintain a searchable knowledge consisting of exemplar forms, local counsel directory, Judges, Arbitrators, Mediators lists, research memos, surveys, business development materials, and other related content (i.e. industry updates and client alerts)
  • Monitor key industry updates, legal decisions, and client alerts to provide important updates to McDermott Litigators
  • Craft procedures to generate, maintain, update, access, and disseminate information (including the Litigation forms and precedents) and other materials
  • Develop a taxonomy and workflow to complete and deploy the Litigation Case Hub (searchable repository of 3000 McDermott cases we are developing, including responsibility for profiling relevant pleadings to properly categorize the statutes, business issues and other relevant case information) and develop workflows for the maintenance of the platform
  • Analyze previous case strategies and results to identify patterns and insights to inform future approaches to litigation
  • Monitor new litigation matters and docket to proactively distribute relevant KM data to attorneys
  • Act as point person for McDermott Litigators to develop use cases, pilot and successfully deploy new technology such as Co-Pilot, Azure apps, Lexis GenAI and other AI-enabled solutions for Litigation
  • Work with the KM department to evaluate, test, and deploy innovative technology to reduce manual data collection, automate document creation, assist with legal research, and to otherwise support the practices

Management of Knowledge Management Resources

  • Consistently and effectively communicate the availability and location of relevant knowledge management resources
  • Develop a user-friendly interface and training materials that make knowledge management materials easily accessible to the McDermott Litigators during their day-to-day practice

Lawyer Training/CLE’s and Technology Evaluation

Develop and present training for the McDermott Litigators on the firm’s KM technology platform; tailor the training to highlight the technology aspects that are most relevant to the group

Job Specifications:

  • Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited law school
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong background in legal technology and innovation
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to take full responsibility for the maintenance and deployment of KM platforms
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and prioritize responsibilities
  • Ability to handle and maintain confidential information
  • Ability to learn new concepts and skills quickly
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Comfortable with working with large amounts of data
  • Desire to learn new technology (e.g., Relativity, Co-Pilot, PowerBI)


Successful candidates will be provided with outstanding career opportunities and will receive a competitive total rewards package with the opportunity to earn performance-based bonuses.

Expected Pay Range in Los Angeles $259,000 – $362,000

Expected Pay Range in Orange County $247,000 – $346,000

Expected Pay Range in New York, San Francisco & Silicon Valley $271,000 – $379,000

Please note that quoted salary ranges are not guarantees of what final salary offers may be. Base pay is based on market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Base pay is only one part of the Total Rewards that MWE provides to compensate and recognize our staff professionals for their work. Full time positions are eligible for a discretionary bonus and a comprehensive benefits package.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stoop, talk and hear
  • Employee must occasionally lift up to twenty (20) pounds

Work Environment:

Typical indoor office environment


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people within this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this job.