Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. The firm has 800 lawyers located in 52 offices across the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico. Ogletree Deakins has been named a Law Firm of the Year six consecutive years by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” In 2017, the publication named Ogletree Deakins its “Law Firm of the Year” in the Labor Law - Management category. In addition to handling labor and employment law matters, the firm has thriving practices focused on business immigration, employee benefits, and workplace safety and health law. Ogletree Deakins represents a diverse range of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies.
About the Position
Our firm is currently seeking its first Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO is a strategically important senior leadership position responsible for developing and delivering the firm's information technology and technology risk management strategies. This position reports to the firm’s Chief Operating Officer (COO).
The successful candidate will have a proven record of advancing and leveraging investments and resources that support lawyers’ practices and client relationships. The CIO will provide strong leadership and consultative solutions to the firm and its clients. This leader must excel at attracting and retaining strong talent, continue to evolve the highly responsive culture of the organization and support the varied constituencies within the firm. The CIO is expected to work closely with the Firm’s COO and Technology Strategy Committee on a regular basis. The CIO will exploit technology solutions and drive innovation reflecting technology and process best practices in support of the Firm’s business and vision. Candidates should note that the firm continues to invest heavily in the areas governed by the CIO.
BA or BS degree. Master’s Degree related to technology or MBA a plus.
Fifteen plus years of progressive leadership and broad-based information technology experience and management in a legal setting. Technology or business consulting experience and/or former business ownership, considered a strong plus.
Direct supervisory experience of technology teams comprised of 50-90 professionals. Strong team building skills required.
Proven organizational and IT leadership, problem solving, and communications skills, coupled with the ability to excel and achieve results in a fluid and fast-moving environment.
Experience managing daily technology operations and strategic technology projects in a large, multi-city, global, multi-office law firm.
A strong client service philosophy to provide technology and support services in a highly responsive environment.
Working with the COO and the business focused Technology Strategy Committee, identify and establish priorities consistent with business needs, and to communicate needs, plans, goals and expectations to clients, users and management.
Knowledge of current trends along with an awareness of “innovative” technologies. Demonstrated expertise in industry standard and current legal software applications, solutions, support, education, risk management, vendor management and systems infrastructure required.
Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, with all levels of a professional services organization. Ability to explain technical concepts to a non-technical audience and provide guidance by balancing functionality, risk and ROI when providing recommendations.
Possess impeccable ethics and a familiarity dealing with highly sensitive data.
Open minded, team oriented and strong interpersonal skills.
Ability to travel when necessary.
**We are not working with outside recruiters or headhunters for this position
Relocation Assistance Available
Ogletree Deakins offers a robust suite of benefits for our administrative leadership team including: Paid Time Off, sick time, a 401(k) matching program, Profit Sharing, paid Holidays, affordable Health and Life Insurance including Dental & Vision coverage, Health Savings Account (HSA)/Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to help offset the cost of dependent care and/or health care expenses, 24/7 access to a doctor by phone or online video, tuition reimbursement and an EAP program.
We are fully committed to the importance of diversity within the legal profession, as well as all workplace environments and strongly encourage the interest of diverse candidates in the firm.
Equal Opportunity Employer.
Contact Information: Please send cover letter and resume to: CIOSearch@LegalShift.com
Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. The firm has a reputation for legal excellence and responsive client service. Ogletree Deakins' labor and employment practice is complemented and supported by related practice groups in the areas of business immigration, litigation, employee benefits, occu...pational safety and health, and construction law.
With offices throughout the United States and in Europe, Canada, and Mexico, the firm represents a diverse range of clients. Our depth of experience in labor and employment law has produced a successful track record for our clients - Fortune 50 corporations to start-up companies.
Although the size and scope of our practice has grown over the past quarter century, our core values remain constant. We are committed to personalized attention, innovative solutions and old-fashioned hard work.
Our approach to providing clients with the resources to solve today's business challenges is always forward-thinking and strategic. We remain committed to providing our clients with an insider's view of the workplace issues of the day.