BRB Risk Jobs Board — Director of Business Intake & Conflicts, Director of Risk Management (Planning & Special Projects), Conflicts Manager (Operations)

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I was delighted to receive a note from Ann Ostrander, Senior Director, Risk Management at Kirkland & Ellis, expressing enthusiastic interest in a sponsored post promoting several new risk opportunities at that firm.

Director of Business Intake & Conflicts” —

  • The Director–Business Intake Operations (“Director”) oversees the daily operations of the Firm’s Business Intake Conflicts Department (“BIC”).
  • This includes ensuring that the activities of BIC support the Firm’s values and goals, and help Firm lawyers comply with their duties of professional responsibility and other ethics or regulatory requirements.
  • The Director helps to develop both strategic and tactical plans for BIC and ensures the prompt, effective and efficient delivery of services to Firm lawyers and legal support staff.
  • The Director interfaces with partner-led new business committees, individual partners and with the Office of General Counsel as needed.
  • LOCATION: All US Offices

Director of Risk Management (Planning & Special Projects)” —

  • The Director of Risk Management–Planning and Special Projects (“Director”) provides support to leaders within the business units of the Firm’s Risk Management Department.
  • This support consists of guidance regarding both strategic and tactical planning, direct project management, and assisting individual leaders with their professional and skills development.
  • The Director is an internal consultant within the Risk Management Department, and uses developed consulting skills to help Risk Management leaders to become effective planners, implementers, and strategic/tactical thinkers.
  • LOCATION: All US Offices

Conflicts Manager” —

  • The Conflicts Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Firm’s Conflicts Department, and oversees processes related to the conflicts search and analysis of potential new clients and new matters, the conflicts evaluation of lateral attorneys and other new hires, and potential conflicts in restructuring/debtor representations.
  • This role is also responsible for determining staffing levels and global service coverage as well as workflow coordination to ensure all requests are being handled as expeditiously and accurately as possible.
  • The Conflicts Manager works with the Business Intake & Conflicts Staff Training & Development team to prepare new Conflicts personnel to work effectively, and to evaluate, enhance, and develop conflicts search and analysis processes that support compliance with the rules of professional conduct, regulatory requirements, and Firm policies.
  • LOCATION: Chicago Office


About Kirkland & Ellis:

  • “Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms. Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.”

Read more about these position and apply via individual entries linked above.

And if you’re interested in seeing your firm’s listings here, please feel free to reach out…


BRB Risk Jobs Board — Risk Management Clerk (Legal Conflicts)

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I quite pleased to see the positive response to the sponsored job post experiment (including a few fun remarks from the reader peanut gallery, you know who you are). Turns out, if you’re reading this blog, folks are definitely interested in connecting with you about your conflicts career.

Gordon & Rees is a great example. They’ve reached out to get the word out about an open position on their team: “Risk Management Clerk (Legal Conflicts)” —

  • Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, a national law firm in all 50 States, has an immediate opening for a Risk Management Clerk (Legal Conflicts).
  • This is a full time position, which could be a “Remote opportunity” for qualified candidate residing in the Pacific Standard Time Zone.
  • Ideal candidates will be responsible for Client Matter maintenance and observe confidentiality in all Client/Firm matters. Medium to large law firm experience is preferred.”

Key responsibilities include:

  • Conduct conflict of interest searches, interpretation of conflicts data and determine methods to resolve conflicts
  • Analyze conflicts reports and make recommendations on potential conflicts for attorney review
  • Communicate conflict of interest information to lawyers to ensure any conflicts are resolved
  • Conduct research using 3rd party business resources for all new clients, and others as needed

Read more about this position and apply via website job listing.

And if you’re interested in seeing your firm’s listings here, please feel free to reach out…


BRB Risk Jobs Board — Conflicts Analyst

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I was delighted to get an email from Lance Richards, Senior Manager, Conflicts & Business Intake at Baker Botts. We’ve collaborated a bit over the years on a few stories highlighting his firm’s strong investments in risk technology, policy, and process.

Now Lance is looking to add a conflicts analyst to his team, with a new position you can read more about here: “Conflicts Analyst” —

  • “This is a full-time, non-exempt Firmwide position with excellent benefits, resident in any of the Firm’s U.S. offices and reporting to the Senior Manager of Business Intake & Conflicts.”
  • “The work hour requirements for this position will be aligned with our California office business hours regardless of resident US office location.”
  • The firm’s US office locations are:
    • Austin, TX
    • Houston, TX
    • Dallas, TX
    • Palo Alto, CA
    • San Francisco, CA
    • New York, NY
    • Washington, D.C.

Job Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • “Performing company research on all new & existing clients, all non-client parties associated with new matters, all lateral attorney and staff employment candidates, and potential vendors servicing the Firm.”
  • “Executing searches in the Firm’s conflicts database, analyzing results in order to identify potential issues that may affect compliance with Firm policies and the relevant Model Rules of Professional Conduct of the American Bar Association.”
  • “Generating accurate and succinct conflicts reports and supporting documentation in order to effectively communicate potential compliance issues to the Conflicts Review Lawyer and/or the requesting Firm lawyer.”
  • “Educating and providing guidance to internal customers regarding the policies and procedures of the Business Intake and Conflicts Department.”

Read more about this position and apply via their website job listing.

And if you’re interested in seeing your firm’s job listing as a sponsored post here and in the email digest, please feel free to reach out…


BRB Risk Jobs Board — Conflicts Analyst & Conflicts Counsel Positions

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I’m pleased and curious to run another experiment, this time it’s a sponsored job post.

Patricia Gallardo, Associate General Counsel at Quarles & Brady astutely judged that the smartest, most driven law firm risk professionals read the Bressler Risk Blog. She’s looking to hire two positions:

Conflicts Analyst

Conflicts Counsel

These are remote-friendly positions, subject to mutual fit, open to residents in:

  • Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin

Patty and I first crossed paths last year and have had a few engaging risk discussions. If I were conflicts-qualified and looking for work, I’d definitely explore joining her team.

And if you’re interested in seeing your firm’s listings here, please feel free to reach out…