Conflicts Attorney for top tier global law firm.
This hybrid 3/2 position can be located in the Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, or Los Angeles offices.
The Conflicts Attorneys address conflicts of interest that arise from taking on new clients, new work, or new people. Conflicts Attorneys also assists the Firm’s attorneys in complying with their other professional responsibilities in the various jurisdictions in which they practice. This may include (but is not limited to): bar membership, lateral movement, “revolving door” issues, fiduciary positions, responding to RFPs or requests for information from insurers, assisting in aspects of new client/matter intake, establishing, and ending attorney-client relationships, and other related areas. Tasks may range from responding to simple, one-time questions to managing large-scale, long-term projects.
Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Director, members of the Ethics and Practice Committee or the General Counsel, conflicts attorneys identify/resolve any conflicts and ethical issues that may arise through the acquisition of new clients, new attorneys, or new staff. Review conflict search results and/or first-level analysis performed by other team members. Provide assistance and guidance to attorneys who are performing their own conflicts reviews, under certain circumstances. Gather, organize and communicate due diligence information and related materials concerning potential hires, potential clients and individual client/matters for the Ethics Committee, Lateral Committee, Billing and Intake Committee, and the Firm’s management. Assist in providing in-house consultation to attorneys and assisting in reviewing and drafting engagement letters and conflict of interest waivers. Draft/circulate ethics screens and draft and submit Rule 1.11 disclosures in the event of potential conflicts with prior government employees. Provide in-house professional responsibility training for lawyers or staff if requested. Monitor developments in the law and legal profession as requested. Provide research or other assistance to the Director, Ethics Committee, other Firm committees, or the General Counsel on miscellaneous matters of policy or professional responsibility upon request. Oversee volunteer law clerks or staff attorneys, or conflicts specialists, who are performing conflicts-of-interest analysis if necessary.
Position Requirements: J.D. is required; preexisting bar admission in at least one jurisdiction where the Firm maintains an U.S. office is preferred and, if not achieved at the date of hire, will be required as a term of employment shortly after beginning employment. Must have at least one year of work experience in the area of conflicts of interest. In a law firm. A background in business is a plus. Prior supervisory experience. Prior experience as a practicing attorney preferred. Experience in legal research and in organizing, tracking, and reporting results of complex projects. Proficiency and aptitude for working with in databases. Experience with conflicts databases is ideal. Experience in the area of conflicts or professional responsibility is preferable. Ability to work as part of a team, frequently under tight deadlines. Strong writing skills required. An aptitude for handling complex conflicts issues is essential; this includes the ability to inquire thoroughly into the facts of a given situation and excellent analytic skills to make use of that information. Ability to make sound decisions and demonstrate a high degree of trustworthiness in handling confidential and sensitive information. Ability to strategically maintain financial/budgetary information. Ability to be detail-oriented and organized with excellent communication skills. The ability to interact effectively with all levels of the Firm with confidence, responsiveness, tact, and approachability. Flexibility to work additional hours as necessary. Salary is commensurate with experience.