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Research Specialist

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP


Director of the Research Services

Wiggin and Dana


Research Analyst – Remote

Ballard Spahr LLP 04/12/2022

Senior Research Analyst

The New York Law Institute 04/05/2022


Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP - Research Specialist

Location:  National

What you need to know: Successful applicants will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the commencement of employment. Applicants who wish to apply for a medical, religious accommodation or any other accommodation required under applicable law can do so later in the process (accommodations are not guaranteed and are decided on a case by case basis).

Are you looking for a challenging and significant way to contribute the success of a firm? Do you have a Masters degree in library or information science and two or more years of law firm or corporate research experience? This may be the job you for you! Orrick currently has an excellent opportunity for a Research Specialist to work with our Research & Information Services team. Where will I work? This position is eligible for a hybrid or fully remote work arrangement.

We welcome applications from candidates nationwide, however, location in any of the following Orrick markets (Austin; Boston; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Menlo Park; Orange County, Portland, Sacramento; San Francisco; Santa Monica, Seattle, Washington DC or Wheeling, WV) is considered a plus.

The preferred shift for this position is 10:00 am - 6:30 pm PST (alternative hours would be considered for ideal candidate).What Will You Do? As a Research Specialist at Orrick, you will provide extensive legal and non-legal research and support services to attorneys, paralegals, BD, and all levels of staff. Bringing business research or competitive intelligence experience to this position is strongly desired, in addition to, significant substantive knowledge and specialization in your area of expertise. This opportunity will allow you to work closely with practice area team members and build positive relationships throughout the firm. In this role, you will:

  • Perform a wide array of tasks, including but not limited to providing extensive legal, business and general research assistance.
  • Initiate and monitor alerts from various databases and provide client development research support.
  • Conduct industry specific research including complex SEC filings searches, M&A and public offering transaction screens and emerging and venture-backed company research.
  • Maintain internal datasets for business development outreach and tracking purposes and support attorneys and staff by providing training on the use of print and electronic resources.
  • Build curated newsletters covering various industries, practice areas, and breaking legal topics and industry trends.
  • Assist with literature searches for attorney presentations and written articles.
  • Participate in collection development activities including the evaluation of new databases, websites and print materials.
  • Assist with evaluating, selecting and maintaining the firm's intranet research collections.
  • Participate in opportunities to maintain your personal professional knowledge from attending educational events to participating in professional societies.


  • Master's Degree in library/information science (from ALA accredited school).
  • Two or more years of relevant law firm or corporate research experience

Additional Knowledge and Experience:

You should have a working knowledge of legal and business databases such as Lexis Advance, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law, as well as other major subject specific resources and specialty products, such as Capital IQ, PitchBook, CB Insights and other business resources.

  • You will possess effective communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability in interact with all levels of personnel within a law firm.
  • You will demonstrate a high level of initiative and independent thinking; plus the ability to work effectively under pressure and to sort priorities with minimum level of direct supervision.
  • And finally, we are looking for someone who will demonstrate enthusiasm, flexibility, and a positive attitude and has a consistent track record of working in a collaborative environment.

Who is Orrick? Orrick is a global law firm focused on serving the technology & innovation, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors. Founded more than 150 years ago in San Francisco, Orrick today has offices in 25+ markets worldwide. We are recognized worldwide for delivering the highest-quality legal advice through our diverse teams and for our culture of innovation and collaboration. Financial Times selected Orrick as the Most Digital Firm of 2020, and in the past five years, the Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year three times and runner-up twice. For the seventh year in a row, Fortune named Orrick to its 2022 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Orrick offers a collaborative work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits, from wellness and mindfulness programs to social impact opportunities, professional staff affinity group communities and generous paid time off. Please visit for more information about the firm. Colorado Residents Only: Please use the following link for information required by the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act: No phone calls please. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Consistent with the SF Fair Chance Ordinance, an arrest and conviction record will not automatically disqualify a qualified applicant from consideration.Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for the position in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

How to Apply: If you are searching for a chance to create an impact, you have a little grit and you love working with a team, we want to talk with you. To submit your resume and cover letter for this position, please visit our Staff and Paralegal Opportunities Listings at



Wiggin and Dana - Director of the Research Services 

Wiggin and Dana is looking for a dynamic individual to join its Knowledge and Research Services (KRS) Department as Director of the Research Services (RS) Team. In this new position, the Director will work with the Chief Knowledge Services Officer as part of the leadership team, developing technology and evolving client-facing products and services to meet information needs.

The Director reports to the Chief Knowledge Services Officer and supervises, directly or indirectly, the Research Services Team.

Wiggin and Dana is a growing, full-service law firm with over 160 attorneys located in Connecticut, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Palm Beach. The firm represents clients throughout the United States and globally on a wide range of sophisticated and complex matters.

Your responsibilities will include…


  • Assisting with the development of long- and short-range goals for the Department and your Team to support the firm’s strategic and operational goals.
  • Establishing best practices and supervising, evaluating, and actively mentoring RS Team members.
  • Developing the RS Team budget, monitoring billing efforts, and collecting and reporting on Team metrics.
  • Serving as a subject and product specialist, and/or liaison to selected Committees, Practices and Business Operations Departments.
  • Overseeing the development and delivery of products and services, including research, orientation and training, and marketing and communications.
  • Working with others to evaluate the need for products, resources, and services, leading and participating in product evaluations and trials, and negotiating contracts.
  • Keeping current with developments in the research services field.

Our ideal candidate has…

  • An MLS or equivalent from an ALA accredited school (required); a JD is a plus.
  • 10 plus years of progressively responsible experience in law, professional or business libraries, including significant law firm experience.
  • 5 plus years of management experience, including strategic planning, budgeting, staff supervision, and project implementation.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the broad range of functions required to run a law firm library, including automation and technology, research services, and technical services.
  • In-depth knowledge of the legal, business, and general information resources used in a multi-practice firm.
  • Experience with knowledge management tools and processes is a plus.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • The ability to inspire others, drive organizational change, and work collaboratively and collegially.

Location:  Any CT office (New Haven strongly preferred) or New York. Hybrid home/onsite arrangements will be considered.

EEO Statement

It is the policy of Wiggin and Dana to provide equal opportunity in employment to qualified individuals in accordance with applicable law based on age, ancestry, color, genetic information, learning disability, marital, civil union, or pregnancy status, past or present history of mental disability, intellectual disability, national origin, physical disability, race, religious creed, transgender status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other protected status. This commitment extends to all employment decisions, including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, promotion, training, compensation, discipline and discharge, and to all terms, benefits, privileges, and conditions of employment.

To Apply

Email a cover letter with attached resume to the firm’s research and information management consultant, Joan Axelroth, at [email protected]



Ballard Spahr LLP - Research Analyst – Remote

The Research & Intelligence Center of Ballard Spahr is looking for a Research Analyst to join its team of researchers in providing expert, customized research and analysis firm-wide. Under the direction of the Lead Research Analyst, the Analyst gathers, analyzes and delivers expert information on a variety of subjects, people or companies in response to on-demand requests. To support business, industry, market and other business development or strategic research initiatives, the Analyst collaborates with other department personnel. The Analyst also serves on department teams as assigned and collaborates to accomplish specific goals and objectives set by the Director and individual team leaders.

The selected individual will conduct high-level, customizable research and analysis in legal, business and other subjects to support the firm’s clients and practices as well as its business development and strategic initiatives.  They will also present research results with expert analysis, using visual presentation (graphs, charts) or other technology (spreadsheets, databases) and department branding and templates, as needed.

This position is full-time, (Monday – Friday) and will work remotely in any state with a Ballard office.  The preferred start time for this position is no later than 10:00 AM ET; however, alternate hours will be considered for the right candidate.

Knowledge of research methodology as well as resources for all media types in the areas of law relevant to the firm’s practices and proven primary and secondary research skills with the ability to analyze and synthesize large amounts of data and information into actionable information. Must be proficient with Lexis, Bloomberg, TLO, Accurint and other legal, public records, social media and corporate research services. Knowledge of library technologies for communication, research intake, knowledge sharing and resource management. Experience with request tracking software Quest is a plus.

Strong intellectual curiosity and ability to delve deeply during the research process to identify patterns, trends and other insights. Solid writing skills to prepare written research reports as needed and the ability to present ideas and communicate complex information clearly and concisely.  The ability to work well independently or as part of a team and manage multiple projects simultaneously, successfully and within tight deadlines is essential.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A Master of Library Science or a Master’s degree in a relevant area from an ALA accredited school or equivalent degree. Significant years of experience may be substituted in lieu of formal education. 
  • 2+ years’ experience providing support for research and business & competitive intelligence services in a corporate or law firm environment and 1+ years’ experience in project management; law firm experience is strongly preferred.

Ballard Spahr offers an excellent benefits package which includes medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage; life insurance, short and long-term disability; 401(k) retirement savings plan with a firm contribution and match; and a generous paid time off program. Additional benefits provided are health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts, and a health savings account; firm subsidized emergency child and elder care services; family and medical leave; employee assistance program; and a pre-tax transportation program.  The salary range for this position is from $70,000 - $90,000 depending upon experience and location.

Ballard Spahr is committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession and to supporting the communities where we live and work. People from all backgrounds are valued and integrated into every part of the firm. Diverse candidates including women, people of color and members of the LGBTQAI+ community, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The health, safety and well-being of our Ballard community is a top priority. Therefore, all lawyers and staff are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. We believe this is the most prudent position to take in order to meet our obligation to provide as safe of a workplace as possible. The firm will provide exemptions and accommodations for medical and religious reasons consistent with applicable law.

The Firm is not accepting resumes from search firms for this position.

Excellent compensation, a comprehensive benefits package and a generous paid time off program is offered.  For immediate consideration, please visit our career page and submit your cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary requirements online. 


Ballard Spahr is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a culturally diverse environment. The firm encourages applications from a diverse pool of candidates, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, handicap or disability, citizenship, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, transgender status, sex stereotyping, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or any other category protected by applicable law.


The New York Law Institute - Senior Research Analyst

The New York Law Institute is looking for an enthusiastic Senior Research Analyst to work as a vital member of our team. The Senior Research Analyst provides research and reference services, contributes to the development of the collection, and assists with outreach efforts. This is a hybrid position, with two to three days each week split between onsite and remote. Located in Manhattan’s financial district, the NYLI is a membership law library, serving the legal community continuously since 1828. NYLI is proud of its historic New York City roots and modern-day nationwide membership. We are undertaking major initiatives to partner and support our members with their just in time information needs using cost-sharing access to resources.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Provide legal and non-legal reference and in-depth research services using NYLI’s significant collection of historic and current resources and external resources as needed.
  • Contribute to initiatives to improve the delivery of research services and resources and to develop member-centric products and services.
  • Participate in the development of member onboarding, training, and outreach programs through webinars, creating and curating content for the blog and research guides, firm visits, participation in professional association events, and other activities.
  • Develop and document workflows, policies, and procedures for research and related activities.
  • Maintain the data necessary to track reference requests, create records, and build the NYLI Knowledge Base in an automated reference tracking system.
  • Assist with collection development by evaluating and selecting digital and print resources.
  • Collaborate with other staff members to provide quality control for all document delivery and interlibrary loan assignments.
  • Stay current with new resources, search strategies, and technology in the legal research space.


  • Demonstrated ability to perform in-depth legal and non-legal reference and research services using digital and print resources.
  • MLIS or equivalent from an ALA accredited institution, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5-7 years law library experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of legal and business research materials, including but not limited to Lexis, Westlaw, Practical Law, VitalLaw, Hein Online, ProQuest Congressional, WorldCat, OverDrive, etc.
  • Experience with request management systems and other library management software, such as RefTracker.
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems, such as EOS.
  • Proficiency with general office applications, including Microsoft Office.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a remote setting.

How to Apply:

Send a resume and cover letter via e-mail to Lucy Curci-Gonzalez, Executive Director [email protected] Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

NYLI is an Equal Opportunity Employer; Competitive salary and benefits package; Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required