R & W Group has an exciting position for a legal conflicts professional which can be based in the DC or Chicago office of our large law firm client! The Conflicts New Business Analyst will be responsible for conducting the preliminary analysis and research for the identification and subsequent resolution of any potential conflicts issues during the new business intake process. Using the firm’s internal conflicts database and external corporate research resources, the Conflicts Analyst will prepare conflicts of interest reports that allow New Business Conflicts Staff Attorneys (CSA) and requesting partners to quickly and effectively identify compliance issues that need to be addressed prior to opening new business. The Conflicts Analyst will also prepare reports evaluating potential risks presented by new clients and assist in the set up and maintenance of ethical screens as required. Additionally, as the initial point of contact during the new business intake process, the Conflicts Analyst will play a critical role in ensuring the standardization and integrity of data and information gathering during the new business intake process.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Perform initial review of conflicts requests and work with secretaries and submitters to obtain clear and precise information.
Compile conflicts reports that incorporate research and analysis from the firm’s internal conflicts database and external corporate research tools.
Prepare New Client Evaluations identifying ethical, financial, and reputational risks presented by potential clients for use by Firm lawyers and management.
Collaborate with CSA to provide partners with clear and concise summaries of required steps to resolve and address any potential conflicts during the client and matter intake process.
Coordinate the creation and maintenance of ethical screens required as part of taking on new business.
Assist with initiatives aimed at improving the quality and quantity of information provided to partners taking on new clients and matters.
Performs various special projects and duties as assigned.
Education and/or Experience:
A minimum of 2 years of relevant research or analytical experience in a legal, professional services or academic environment
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
Conflicts or compliance experience at large law firm (especially related to KYC/AML requirements)
Database Research Experience and/or experience with corporate research resources (including CapitalIQ, Hoovers/Dunn & Bradstreet and/or Bureau van Dijk)
Experience with Conflicts Search and/or Risk Management applications (including Elite, LegalKey, Intapp Open and/or Intapp Wallbuilder)
Other Skills and Abilities:
The following will also be required of the successful candidate:
Strong organizational skills
Strong attention to detail
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others
Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
Able to work under pressure
Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities