Conflicts Attorney

Position Information

Venable LLP is seeking a non-practicing attorney for a unique opportunity to play a critical role in facilitating the resolution process for conflicts of interest related to firm business. Working as part of a national team and in conjunction with firm partners and counsel, the Conflicts Attorney will conduct legal research, provide comprehensive analyses and recommendations for resolution of potential conflicts of interest and ensure potential conflicts are addressed and resolved.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for...

  • Facilitating the conflicts resolution process for new business, providing legal analysis of potential conflicts of interest to the Ethics Committee Chairperson and firm attorneys.
  • Researching and analyzing conflict waivers and engagement letters for consent to waive specific representations, in accordance with Rules of Professional Responsibility
  • Conducting in-depth research of conflict entities using external databases, such as Hoovers, Dunn & Bradstreet, Lexis and Edgar, to identify and/or rule out potential conflicts
  • Analyzing internal systems reports related to conflicts checks, client financial data and attorney timekeeper records to provide recommendation of conflict resolution
  • Interpreting and summarizing research results
  • Making recommendations to firm management regarding potential business conflicts identified through external research and analysis of potential conflicts. Ensuring issues are thoroughly vetted and documented for firm records
  • Serving as escalation point for Conflicts Analysts and troubleshooting conflicts issues through to resolution
  • Reviewing client Outside Counsel Guidelines for content and communicating conflict issues to the Ethics Committee and firm management as necessary
  • Making recommendations to department staff regarding updating and maintenance of internal conflicts data, related to the client
  • Troubleshooting conflict issues related to Outside Counsel Guidelines
  • Conducting ongoing review and maintenance of conflicts data to ensure subsidiaries and affiliates named in Outside Counsel Guidelines are current
  • Keeping abreast of federal and state regulations and other regulatory developments affecting the firm's conflicts of interest avoidance procedures and update conflicts database as needed
  • Identifying where ethical screens are required and make recommendations to Ethics Committee as to scope of screen notices
  • Working with department staff to ensure timely updates and maintenance of ethical screens
  • Making recommendations for terminating inactive screens

The successful candidate will demonstrate...

  • Juris Doctor degree
  • Active bar status in the District of Columbia
  • A minimum of three years practice experience
  • Must maintain active credit status for CLE or MCLE
  • Understanding of conflicts of interest, including the Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Knowledge of federal, state and municipal government organizational structures and advise Ethics Committee on issues as they relate to firm clients and/or attorneys regarding government entities
  • Strong focus on client service and responsiveness
  • Strong communications skills; ability to interact with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Self-starter who can manage priorities, meet deadlines, and collaborate with other team members across the firm

The Conflicts team provides service to the entire firm, which requires the team to provide afterhours emergency support to the business as needed.

Venable holds certain guiding principles central to its hiring and employee development processes. We value integrity, collaboration, professionalism, hard work, and client service at every level. Interested in adding your voice to Venable? We would love to hear from you.

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3 to 20+ years

Job type

Full time

Venable LLP
Washington, DC 20001, US