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Location : Massachusetts - Boston
Refer to Job # KBOJ722649
This firm is often at the top of the list of prominent Boston law firms. Large and growing, these lawyers are well-connected throughout the Boston area, and are looking to increase the reach of their influence. With beautiful offices (that seem to go on and on...) the lawyers here are generally quite happy with their practice. Why? At the associate level, lawyers are given a bit more responsibility than your average law firm lawyer, and depending on the practice group, given quite solid training and structured mentoring. Although the partners are increasingly conscious of the billable hours of their associates, they are generally accessible. In particular, several of the litigation partners bring in high level litigation work and remain very involved throughout to monitor and guide the associates participation.
Conflicts Attorney Duties: Create and analyze complex conflict reports and exercise independent judgment to identify potential conflict of interest issues with legal hires, new business and marketing initiatives. Conduct research to gather information and/or clarification on potential issues. Take the initiative to analyze and resolve conflicts independently. Prepare communications to attorneys, clearly identifying all potential issues found in conflict report. Assist attorneys in resolving conflict issues. Work directly with attorneys, the Department Director and Managers, and the Ethics Advisory Committee, as necessary, to assist and facilitate conflict resolution. . Provide guidance to Conflicts staff relative to conflict research and analysis and corporate family tree research with the goal of ensuring accuracy and consistency in preparation and analysis of conflict reports. Assist in development and implementation of training programs for Conflict Analysts and Specialists. Assist attorneys and secretaries in understanding the firm s conflicts and business intake policies and procedures. Assist attorneys to draft engagement and waiver letters. Research appropriate jurisdictional conflict and/or ethical rules and/or opinions to assist in determining specific conflict resolution strategies. Request and maintain all necessary supporting documentation to clear actual or potential conflict issues. Prepare and implement ethical walls. Assist in the customization and implementation of new software for conflicts, business intake and ethical walls. Maintain knowledge of trends, developments and new technologies impacting the conflicts group. Participate in providing coverage for conflict checking and analysis via on-call rotation on scheduled weekends. Assume additional responsibilities as requested by Conflicts Director and Managers.
Qualifications: JD degree required. 5+ years of experience with law firm conflicts and/or new business department preferred. Prior experience using automated conflicts and/or workflow system preferred. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; strong customer service skills and ability to interact effectively with a broad range of people in a professional manner. Strong research skills; strong analytical and problem solving skills, strong attention to detail. Ability to use initiative and judgment to accomplish results. Ability to organize and prioritize multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment; work under pressure and complete job assignments in an accurate and timely manner; respond appropriately to shifting demands. Work independently, but able to escalate and communicate issues in a timely and effective manner. Able to maintain professional composure in challenging or difficult situations. Knowledge of CompliGuard and InTapp conflict checking, ethical wall and business intake software a plus.
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