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Conflicts Attorney - Ethical Screens

Winston & Strawn LLP
United States, California, Los Angeles
Sep 12, 2023

Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 900 attorneys in key financial centers around the world. We litigate cases and close transactions by bringing an understanding of the global legal issues our clients face in transactions, disputes, and regulatory/enforcement-related matters. We strive to provide our clients with creative solutions to their business problems-on time and on budget. We serve our communities and the public interest, promote diversity within our firm and throughout the legal profession, and maintain a culture of teamwork and collegiality.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Conflicts Attorney-Ethical Screens will support the Firm's programs including new business and conflicts intake, lateral hiring and general regulatory risk management. The Conflicts Attorney-Ethical Screens will be responsible for building and implementing electronic screens/walls in the Firm's Intapp Walls system, the drafting and circulation of screening memoranda, and communicating with Firm attorneys and staff professionals about these matters. The Conflicts Attorney-Ethical Screens will serve as an important resource to the Firm and other Conflicts Department staff on the use of ethical screens. The Conflicts Attorney-Ethical Screens will work closely with Conflicts Analysts, Conflict Attorneys, Conflicts Counsel and Assistant General Counsel and will have the opportunity to understand broader conflicts, new business intake, and lateral hiring processes. This role can reside in the Firm's Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles or New York office.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Implementing ethical screens pursuant to ethical rules and waivers, at the request of Firm clients, or as directed by the Firm's Office of General Counsel
  • Building and maintaining electronic walls in the Firm's Intapp Walls system
  • Liaising with relevant departments to implement and maintain ethical screen requirements, such as IT, Accounting and Records
  • Drafting screening memoranda in connection with new business, lateral hiring, or as requested by members of the Conflicts Department or the Firm's Office of General Counsel; sending draft memoranda to Firm attorneys for review and approval
  • Finalizing and circulating screening memoranda to Firm personnel
  • Requesting and tracking of acknowledgements to screening memoranda by screened persons via Intapp Walls
  • Sending reminders of ethical screen requirements to screened persons via Intapp Walls
  • Ongoing monitoring of walls activity to ensure compliance and disabling of walls when no longer needed or appropriate
  • Running screening reports or conflicts reports in response to requests from Conflicts team and Firm personnel
  • Assisting with the drafting and maintenance of the Firm's policies and procedures regarding ethical screens for the Conflicts Department and the Firm; keeping abreast of ethical rules relating to ethical screens and acting as a resource on such rules for the Conflicts Department, Firm attorneys, and other Firm personnel
  • Conducting training regarding ethical screens for the Conflicts Department, Firm attorneys, and other Firm personnel
  • Conducting legal research
  • Updating the firm's Intapp Walls system and conflicts database with new documents and information
  • Working with Conflicts Department, Firm attorneys, and other departments such as IT and Accounting, to investigate and resolve file or document access issues relating to ethical screens
  • Acting as the main point of contact for the Conflicts Department during any upgrades or testing of the Intapp Walls system, participating in the testing and review of new software systems for use in the Conflicts Department
  • Assisting with compiling background data or doing research for screen resolution issues
  • Addressing inquiries from all levels of Firm constituents about Firm screens, escalating for attorney review and resolution as needed
  • Supporting Conflicts team by reviewing and drafting engagement letters as needed
  • Providing excellent customer service to all levels of Firm constituents
  • Assisting with various Conflicts Department and Office of General Counsel projects and special requests as assigned

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • J.D. and an active license to practice law in the United States required
  • 2+ years of relevant professional experience in a Law Firm Conflicts environment required
  • Proficiency in in Microsoft Office, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat required

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Previous experience with analytical research and/or experience with corporate research resources in an academic, legal, or business environment preferred
  • Proficiency in Intapp Walls and/or other Intapp products preferred
  • Proficiency in database systems and queries preferred
COMPETENCIES:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational and/or project management skills
  • Strong legal and other research skills
  • Ability to communicate in a confident and professional manner
  • Good judgment
  • A customer service-oriented manner
  • Ability to recognize potential concerns and escalate as appropriate
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask, while working under pressure to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-starter with a positive outlook and desire to solve problems
We value diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vets/Disabled (EOE=Equal Opportunity Employer)
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