Wednesday 17 January 2018
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Chief Operating Officer – Atlanta GA

Posted on Thursday, December 21st, 2017

The law firm of Goodman McGuffey LLP seeks a dynamic individual with demonstrated leadership attributes to become its Chief Operating Officer, effective March 1, 2018. In addition to serving as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, the Chief Operating Officer oversees all day-to-day administrative and management functions of the Firm. The ideal candidate has a minimum of ten years’ experience with professional services firms, and possesses proven financial management and reporting skills.

Importantly, the Chief Operating Officer is given considerable authority and autonomy to achieve Firm goals and objectives, including improved operating efficiencies and enhanced profitability.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Goodman McGuffey LLP currently has 40 lawyers, eight office locations and a support staff of 38 individuals. For more information, visit

Duties and Responsibilities:  The Chief Operating Officer oversees and directs all management functions, including financial management, personnel, information systems, marketing, facilities management, and administrative policies and procedures.

Finance and Accounting:  Prepares and monitors annual budget, as well as long-term fiscal plans and forecasts for the Firm; directs the development, implementation and adherence to budgets and systems to achieve operating and financial objectives. Establishes financial controls and guidelines which optimize cost effectiveness and profitability. Studies and recommends improvements in financial systems and reports. Works with the Accounting Manager to develop and maintain efficient processes and procedures to maximize Firm profitability, including profitability analysis by client, lawyer, practice and office. Provides routine financial reports to Equity Partners.

Human Resources:  Works with the Managing Partner to recruit, hire/fire, train, manage and evaluate all non-lawyer administrative and support personnel; including salary administration, benefits administration, workers’ compensation, personnel data systems, job design and resource allocation. Assists in recruiting, training and evaluating lawyers, as well. Also responsible to review, improve and oversee workflow among attorneys, paralegals, and support staff to achieve maximum quality and efficiency. Submits annual recommendation for support staff bonuses and raises to Equity Partners.

 Systems and Information Technology:  Works closely with the IT Manager (vendor) to direct the evaluation and enhancement of existing and future computer and telecommunications hardware and software systems and equipment. Initiates and reviews recommendations for improvements in legal technology and information systems through the IT vendor. Oversees Computer systems design and maintenance, information services, records management, library management, office automation, information storage and retrieval, telecommunications, litigation support, legal practice systems and other systems management. Systems analysis, operational audits, cost/benefit analysis, and procurement. Oversees the formulation and implementation of disaster preparedness policy, including cybersecurity.

Marketing and Business Development:  Works closely with the marketing to recommend, develop, implement and monitor Firm, practice group and individual attorney marketing and business development plans and initiatives; as well as maintain Frim website, newsletters and publication. Works closely with Marketing Partner to identify prospective clients, and maximize Firm participation in desired seminars and conferences.

Facilities Management:  Responsible for facilities management to maintain and optimize the Firm’s physical facilities, furnishings and equipment; including working with landlords, contractors, architects, decorators, and other vendors and suppliers as needed.

Management and Governance:  Creates agenda for, attends and maintains minutes of all Partners’ and Executive Committee meetings. Ensures implementation of decisions made by the Managing Partner and Executive Committee. Drives the strategic and tactical planning process, and works with the Managing Partner and Executive Committee to develop and operate the law practice and to position the Firm for the future.

Qualifications:  Minimum five (5) years’ experience in management and administration in a professional services firm environment, with law firm experience preferred.

  • Strong financial skills required, with an MBA and/or CPA preferred.
  • Effective organizational, communications and interpersonal skills required.
  • Excellent problem-solver and team player. “Firm first” attitude and mindset.
  • Must work effectively with other motivated professionals in a challenging, fast-paced environment.

 Compensation Package:  $120-160,000 per year, commensurate with experience and credentials.  Full benefits package is also included.

 Reporting Relationship:  Reports to the Firm’s Chief Executive Officer (Managing Partner), with a “dotted-line” relationship with the Firm’s Executive Committee.  Supervises four (4) direct reports, and a total support staff of 38 individuals.

Contact:  Qualified and interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to