Practice Group Director

Business Administration/Management
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DLA Piper LLP (US) is a leading global business law firm. We are committed to attracting, developing, and retaining the best people across our practice and business service groups. We are looking for collaborative, results oriented people who enjoy working in a fast paced environment and have exceptional problem solving skills.

If you are a highly talented Practice Group Director, we want to hear from you!

This position is located in the Northern Virginia office and relocation is available in accordance with the firm's policy.

The Practice Group Director sets and ensures the achievement of DLA Piper’s Practice Group business strategies and performance objectives while also collaborating with Firm Leadership to develop and facilitate the implementation of strategic initiatives.

With a focus on firm financial health, we identify opportunity areas and organize our key activities in an effort to effect positive change on the firms’ bottom line profit.

We were one of the first law firm business development departments to build a market-facing team of business developers with experience selling professional services, and we remain a market leader in this area. Our efforts include opportunity qualification, identifying prospects, pursuing introductions, and pipeline management. The department consistently demonstrates growth in revenue generation. 

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics or related field
  • 8 years’ experience in Finance, or Business Development in a professional services firm
  • Proven leadership skills to work productively with lawyers and staff at all levels and in all offices
  • Disciplined to solve complex problems, with the ability to resolve issues and drive solutions 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to successfully provide guidance and resolution strategies to senior leadership
  • Adaptable, innovative and detail oriented

Preferred Requirements:
  • Master’s Degree 
  • Understanding of law firm environment and operations

What will your day look like?
As the Practice Group Director, you will play a lead role in maintaining operational effectiveness and innovation in service delivery and matter management. This will include performance monitoring, improvement and solutions development to meet annual revenue targets. You will drive cash conversion initiatives, including engagement letter compliance, strategic pricing, time charging hygiene, billing timeliness, and prompt collections. In collaboration with our Legal Project Management team, you will conduct partner, client and matter analysis in order to drive corrective action and develop strategies for profit improvement.

You will play a vital role in the profitable growth of practice groups by ensuring client satisfaction, promoting thought leadership, expanding client relationships, and improving internal communications. This will entail ensuring the best attorneys are hired, integrated, retained and developed. You will also serve as a coach and trusted advisor to Practice Group Partners by assisting them in achieving business goals and performance metrics under the direction of the COO, Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer and other members of Firm Leadership. These results will be delivered against a defined scope of work that includes measurable Return on Investment (ROI), strategic innovation, performance reporting and staff development.

We offer exceptional career opportunities in an environment that is challenging, rewarding, and, we believe, truly different from our competitors. Our employees enjoy a competitive benefits package and a dynamic and diverse environment in which they can build a long and fruitful career and reap the rewards of their success.

To learn more about DLA Piper, please visit our website

Agency applications will not be considered.