How to Hire Your First Legal Secretary

Vol. 16 No. 9


Rebecca Simkins is a member at Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker in Detroit, MI. She can be reached at

The first employee a lawyer typically hires is a legal secretary. A small-office legal secretary may perform a wide range of tasks including clerical, bookkeeping, marketing, facilities management, paralegal, and even janitorial. Additionally, a legal secretary who answers the telephone and greets visitors must project a professional image. Therefore, hiring a legal secretary is one of the most critical decisions a new lawyer makes. The following 10 steps will guide your hiring process.

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