What We OfferAdministrative professionals strengthen Faegre Baker Daniels through their support of our timekeepers and commitment to superior client service. We offer administrative professionals a culture focused on learning, collaboration and teamwork. They enjoy challenging work with professionals at the top of their fields, ability to balance work, life and family, and opportunities to serve their communities.
Who We’re SeekingSuccessful administrative professionals are highly collaborative, open to working in a team environment and able to thrive in a changing industry. They have strong technical skills, desire to learn, are able to prioritize and leverage resources, and are client service-focused. As part of the hiring process, candidates complete technical assessments critical to their success at FaegreBD. We seek individuals who are experienced in the legal industry as well as those interested in learning a new field.
How You Will WorkAs part of our collaboration-oriented culture, our administrative staff work in teams to support groups of attorneys, consultants or other professionals. This model allows each team member to contribute in ways that leverage their strongest skills.
Administrative Professional CompetenciesSuccessful performance is guided by a set of behavioral and technical competencies which are demonstrated by our most high performing administrative professionals. Along with our client service standards, these guidelines establish how attorneys, consultants and administrative assistants collaborate to create a consistent service experience across the firm.
Skill DevelopmentWe offer administrative staff opportunities for skill development and training, focused on the competencies that are key to success in this role, as well as across all of our various technologies.
FeedbackEach administrative professional is evaluated annually, receiving feedback from those they support and work with frequently, as well as their administrative staff supervisor.
What Our People Say
When did you know FaegreBD was the right place for you?
“I had a feeling Faegre Baker Daniels would be a good fit for me when I came in for my second interview and met the people I would be working with. Those hopes were solidified on my first day of work. Everyone was so welcoming, and I felt like I had been here for a long time. The office culture here in Des Moines is really one of collegiality. We’re all part of a team that gets results for our clients. No job is too small, and each piece is needed to complete the whole puzzle.”
-Trisha Richey (Labor and Employment, Des Moines)
When you joined Faegre Baker Daniels, what were your early impressions of firm culture?
“I knew I had joined the right firm after about a month when my supervisor and assignments took the time to thank me for my contributions through handwritten notes, verbal affirmation and other expressions of appreciation. It felt good to know that my hard work and dedication were recognized and appreciated early on — and still are to this day. The team-oriented culture is great. Leadership is approachable, and employee input and suggestions are valued.”
-Pamela Booker-Scott (Corporate, Washington, D.C.)
What do you enjoy most about your role?
“I’m not just a number — I’m a person and an integral part of a cohesive team. I get to work with some of the brightest attorneys in the industry — and they actually share their knowledge as we work together toward a common goal. For the first time, I feel like the work I do truly represents the title. My skills have grown tremendously because whatever role I want to pursue outside of the ‘secretary’ scope is encouraged. I am constantly learning and growing. And for that reason, I feel liberated.”
-Beverly Burroughs (Corporate, Chicago)
How have the firm’s benefits accommodated your needs?
“During my tenure with the firm, I’ve had family emergencies that have pulled me away from the office, and it has never been an issue. Now with teaming in place, it’s even less stressful because I know my team will cover for me.”
-Kathy Olmscheid (Product Liability and Environmental, Minneapolis)
How does the firm support work-life balance?
“I go to school at night, so work-life balance is crucial. My colleagues help make that balance possible. The firm appreciates that employees have lives outside of their time in the office, and they show that appreciation through flexible work policies.”
-Grace Aspenwall (Corporate, Minneapolis)
Why do you stay at FaegreBD?
“I’m here because Faegre Baker Daniels is genuinely committed to its employees and clients. You’re not just another number in a large corporation. You’re a person outside of your role within the company — and FaegreBD recognizes that. The firm is made up of caring, hardworking professionals who are passionate and enthusiastic about what they do and where they work, and that makes coming to work and doing my job very easy.”
-Michelle Poling (Business Litigation, Boulder)
What opportunities have you had to participate in community service?
“In the Los Angeles office, we recently put together packages for an organization called Beauty Bus, which provides makeup, hair care supplies and services to the terminally ill. I feel it is important to give back to our community, and I’m proud to be part of a firm that supports those in need.”
-Amy Fleschert (Product Liability and Environmental, Los Angeles)