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Conflicts Attorney

Husch Blackwell
$111,000- $211,000
Posted Jun 08
Full Time
Houston, Texas

Husch Blackwell LLP is a full-service litigation and business law firm with multiple locations across the United States, serving clients with domestic and international operations.

At Husch Blackwell we believe that diverse, equitable and inclusive teams lead to better outcomes. Husch Blackwell is committed to retaining, recruiting, developing, and promoting talented lawyers and business professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We foster an engaged, diverse, and inclusive team culture of accountability and purpose that makes our Firm and our communities better.

Our firm is committed to attracting and retaining professionals who value each other and the service we provide by embracing Teamwork, Collaboration, Client Service, and Innovation. If you are a motivated professional looking for a long-term fit where you can grow in a role, and will be valued and empowered, then we invite you to apply to our Conflicts Attorney position. This position may be filled remotely, or in any of our locations.

The Conflicts Attorney directs and conducts specific processes in the Conflicts department, including timely and thorough review, identification and resolution of conflicts of interest, preparation of conflicts waivers, recommendations regarding ethical wall implementation, and other ethics related responsibilities. Further responsibilities will include proactive and clear communication with partners, staff, and firm leadership regarding conflicts requests and complex conflicts questions; maintaining thorough and accurate records of conflicts resolutions; and assistance with identifying and resolving erroneous, outdated, or incomplete conflicts information in existing records in order to maintain the integrity of information.

The Conflicts Attorney exercises discretion and independent judgment while complying with established Firm policies and procedures. This position is responsible for assuring compliance with applicable Rules of Professional Conduct, assisting with and managing other ethical risk mitigation issues, and assuming responsibility for identifying and resolving legal and commercial conflicts issues. Essential duties are performed personally or through delegation/supervision of subordinates.

The Conflicts Attorney understands the rules that govern legal practice and assists others with the understanding of and compliance with those rules. The Conflicts Attorney does not practice law for any client other than the Firm and maintains professionalism and strict confidentiality in all client and Firm matters. Essential job functions include:

  • Maintains a thorough working knowledge of the technologies that support the daily operations of the Conflicts department, including but not limited to Intapp Open.
  • Serves as resource for Conflicts Analysts and support staff on legal questions involving how to run and clear conflicts of interest.
  • Discusses conflict of interest issues with Attorneys, Conflicts Analysts, Conflicts Counsel, and other conflicts and firm leadership to identify and resolve potential conflicts of interest, while maintaining objectivity and professional independence.
  • Reviews conflict of interest requests and reports to provides a concise and complete evaluation of potential conflict issues along with communicating and executing steps for resolution. Documents resolutions.
  • Prepares all routine conflicts waivers, assists firm partners with revising waivers, identifies need for unusual conflicts waivers and assists with preparation of same, and monitors obtaining necessary waivers or other approvals before matters are approved to be opened.
  • Reviews closed firm matters to determine whether new matters are substantially related for conflicts purposes.
  • Reviews language in waiver and engagement letters to ensure that it adequately addresses conflicts and engagement issues and were executed with those with appropriate authority.
  • Confirms need for ethical walls to screen individuals from particular clients and matters as part of the conflict clearing process.
  • Assists Client Development team and partners in reviewing and responding to Requests for Proposals and similar business opportunities.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct as adopted in each state in which the Firm maintains an office, and jurisdictional differences in all states and practice areas in which the Firm conducts business.

Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Reviews client outside counsel guidelines and engagement agreements to identify deviations from the Firm’s policies. Works with billing and relationship Partners to appropriately address deviations.
  • Assists with the clearance of new hire candidates, including complete conflicts analysis and resolution, drafting engagement agreements and waivers, and working with the Intake Dept. to ensure that all cleared clients/matters are opened in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Participates in professional organizations that promote the ongoing education and development of professional ethics in the legal industry.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Conflicts leadership or other members of Husch Blackwell leadership.

Position Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate and active law license in the U.S.
  • Two or more years of conflicts-related experience.
  • Computer proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and Outlook) required. Experience with on-line reference materials and Boolean searching techniques preferred.
  • Experience with Intapp Open strongly preferred.
  • Experience with bankruptcy preferred.
  • Ability to identify and analyze complex conflict of interest issues and problems and to recommend and implement solutions. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.
  • Ability to track, manage, and effectively prioritize numerous responsibilities, emails, and conflicts requests.
  • Strong writing skills, with the ability to clearly and concisely communicate in an effective manner, particularly with respect to summarizing and simplifying complex or numerous conflicts issues.
  • Ability and availability to travel to other Firm locations on occasion as needed.

_The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities, or requirements. The Firm will provide reasonable accommodations as necessary to allow an individual with a disability to apply for and/or perform the essential functions of a position. If you need assistance to accommodate a disability, please contact HR.

_ Compensation And Benefits

Employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with skill and experience. The exact compensation will vary based on skills, experience, location, and other factors permitted by law. The expected compensation ranges for this position in various states and jurisdictions are as follows:

State of California: $111,000 - $211,000

State of Colorado: $102,000 - $182,000

Jersey City, NJ: $120,000 - $218,000

State of Massachusetts: $111,000 - $211,000

State of New York: $103,000 - $223,000

State of Washington: $107,000 - $204,000

The above salaries do not include a discretionary bonus, however bonus opportunities are non-guaranteed, and are dependent upon individual and firm performance. Full-time employees receive benefits including: medical and dental coverage; life insurance; short-term and long-term disability insurance; pre-tax flexible spending account for certain medical and dependent care expenses; an employee assistance program; Paid Time Off; paid holidays; participation in a retirement plan program after meeting eligibility requirements; and more.

Please include a cover letter and resume when applying.

EOE/Minority/Female/Disabled/Vet. Principal Applicants Only.