Public Relations Specialist

McDermott Will & Emery LLP - Washington, DC

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is a leading international law firm with a diversified business practice representing commercial, industrial and financial enterprises both publicly and privately held. The Firm has a long history of social responsibility and supporting the communities in which our people live and work.

The Public Relations (PR) Specialist designs and implements key components of the Firm’s global PR strategy. This position drives proactive media campaigns, responds to inbound PR opportunities and develops messaging in support of the strategic goals of the Firm.

As a Public Relations Specialist, you will:
Identify and prepare recommendations related to trends and opportunities for pitching designated practice areas
Establish and maintain positive media relationships
Secure and staff media interviews
Develop, pitch and place stories and bylined articles featuring attorneys and clients from the designated practice area(s)
Research, write and disseminate press releases, accolades and other external announcements
Oversee the Firm’s participation in yearly surveys and nominations
Oversee the posting, distribution and maintenance of news over Firm’s social media channels
Respond to inbound media requests after appropriately coordinating with lawyers in designated practice groups

Job Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree
At least five (5) years of related public relations work experience, agency experience desirable
Knowledge of relevant media landscape and proven media relationships
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Ability to work under tight deadlines and prioritize competing responsibilities
Ability to work within a collaborative team environment
Ability to work effectively and achieve results in a fast-paced environment