Knowledge & Innovation Manager – Perkins Coie

Job Description:

Perkins Coie is seeking a dynamic and qualified candidate to take on the role of Knowledge and Innovation (K&I) Manager with the Intellectual Property (IP) practice. The K&I Manager will work with the practice to develop a group knowledge sharing and innovation strategy, manage the group’s creation and maintenance of its practice resource collection, evaluate and deploy new technology resources, educate the group in most effectively applying technology and K&I best practices, promote adoption by the group of K&I resources, and facilitate other K&I-related projects at the firm as needed.



These essential functions are primary job duties that incumbents must be able to perform unassisted or with some reasonable accommodation.


Knowledge Sharing and Innovation Strategy

  • Work with practice group committees and leadership to assess the group’s K&I needs, define and implement a roadmap to meet those needs, and establish mechanisms for regular review of the roadmap.
  • Capture feedback for continuous improvement of K&I products and processes.
  • Stay informed about market trends and technology developments applicable to the IP practice.
  • Collaborate with other attorneys and K&I professionals on K&I initiatives that span multiple practice groups.


Knowledge Content Development and Management

  • Work with practice group committees and leadership to create and maintain a collection of practice-specific resources, such as templates, checklists, and other know-how, to facilitate knowledge reuse.
  • Identify, develop, test, and promote templates suitable for automation.
  • Develop workflows leveraging practice group resources and technologies to promote efficiency in common matter types.
  • Oversee K&I projects delegated to associates and business professionals.
  • Organize and curate practice sites on the firm intranet to promote and make accessible the highest value content.


Practice Group Outreach and Education

  • Provide ongoing individual and group lawyer and business professional training on K&I tools, resources, and best practices.
  • Promote adoption of K&I-oriented technologies to better integrate technology into the practice.
  • Actively contribute to a culture of valuing and leveraging the firm’s knowledge.


Practice Group Liaison and Concierge

  • Assist practitioners with locating practice-related internal and external K&I resources and technologies.
  • Evaluate and help deploy new and innovative knowledge and research tools and resources based on practice group needs.
  • Contribute to other K&I-related projects for the practice.



  • Strong leadership skills, excellent project management skills, attention to detail, and the ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills, including the ability to translate information between technical personnel and legal professionals.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, with the ability to build trust and productive relationships across the firm.
  • Ability to analyze a problem/project quickly and accurately and to develop creative solutions.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and self-direct. Demonstrated ability to make decisions and resolve blocking issues.
  • Ability to allocate resources to meet competing demands.
  • Ability to quickly learn new skills and technologies and apply existing knowledge to new problems.
  • Receptiveness to feedback and coaching; growth mindset.
  • Knowledge of legal concepts related to the business of the firm and the IP practice.
  • Knowledge of legal technology trends and industry demands relevant to the IP practice.
  • Experience evaluating technology tools, building adoption, and managing vendor relationships.
  • Fluency in standard MS Office applications and ability to quickly master new collaboration and similar software and tools. Knowledge of other Microsoft apps, including Power Apps, Power BI, and SharePoint is a plus.



Qualified candidates should preferably have a law degree from an accredited law school and four or more years’ of experience practicing in an IP practice. Otherwise, candidate must have strong legal and technical experience in an IP practice. Qualified candidates should be able to demonstrate a successful track record in client service and project management.


At Perkins Coie, we look for self-motivated individuals, dedicated to providing value and superior service, and above all, have a high degree of integrity and enthusiasm for their work. We have created a company culture based on collaboration, devotion to serving our clients, and mutual respect. Perkins Coie is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion both within the firm and throughout our collective communities. Work with one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For and receive great health insurance, tuition reimbursement, and paid sabbaticals.


This position is eligible for an annual discretionary bonus, 401(k) plan, medical, dental, and vision insurance, accrued paid time off plan starting at 20 days annually, personal medical and parental leave, up to ten paid Holidays, and family care benefits. More information regarding benefits and programs may be found here.


This position may be filled in the following location(s).  The compensation depends on qualifications and experience.


Colorado compensation range: $149,310 to $238,740 annually

Los Angeles compensation range: $173,880 to $278,030 annually

San Diego compensation range: $171,680 to $274,510 annually

Washington State compensation range: $157,500 to $251,840 annually

Washington D.C. compensation range: $170,100 to $271,990 annually