Thompson Coburn is a law firm with more than 380 attorneys nationwide and offices in Chicago, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C, and Southern Illinois. The firm’s attorneys practice in more than 40 areas of the law and serve Fortune 500, mid-market and smaller clients on a national, regional and international basis. BTI Consulting, the country’s leading provider of strategic research to law firms and general counsel, selected Thompson Coburn as one of the top 13 firms in the nation at providing exceptional value to its clients. The firm’s practices span product liability, business litigation, class action, mergers and acquisition, admiralty law, aviation, bankruptcy and restructuring, government contracts, intellectual property, labor law and employee benefits, environmental law, railroad law, corporate law, real estate and transportation. For additional information, please visit www.thompsoncoburn.com.
About the Position
Our Firm is currently seeking a replacement for our retiring Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO is a strategically important, senior leadership position reporting to the Firm's Chief Operating Officer that is responsible for developing and advancing the Firm's technology and information management strategy. The CIO’s span of control includes our Information Technology and Litigation Support/eDiscovery functions and departments.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record of leadership and management of law firm information technology and information management/services functions. The CIO will optimize and steward these areas to support and enhance lawyers' practices and client relationships. The CIO will also be responsible for building, retaining and managing team personnel and will leverage best practice, innovation and collaboration to deliver a high level of user satisfaction to our lawyers and staff.
The CIO and her/his team are expected to work closely and consultatively with the Firm's COO, senior leadership and practice and administrative management to support the Firm's business and vision. This position will be based in St. Louis.
Overall education, experience and performance requirements include:
BA or BS degree. Master’s Degree related to information technology or MBA a plus.
Fifteen plus years of leadership, management and broad-based information technology experience. Direct supervisory experience of teams of at least 20 people. Strong team building skills. Strategic thinker with direct experience developing and implementing technology strategies.
Proven leadership, organizational, problem solving, and communications skills, coupled with the ability to excel in a fluid and fast-moving environment.
Experience managing daily IT operations, litigation support and technology projects in a multi-city, multi-office law firm or other professional services firm required.
Strong client service orientation focused on providing superior user experience to entire Firm.
Ability to establish priorities consistent with the Firm's expectations and to communicate goals and expectations to both system users and management.
Ability to travel with some regularity to firm’s offices.
Consulting and/or former business ownership experience considered a plus.