Conflicts Attorney

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  • Real rewards for real work: We offer generous compensation packages that recognize hard work and excellence.

Position Summary:

The Conflicts Attorney identifies, analyzes, and resolves potential conflicts of interest related to the Firm’s new business acquisition and lateral hiring for all Firm offices. This position ensures new matters and attorney hires are compliant with the Firm’s conflicts and risk management policies and procedures. The Conflicts Attorney works under minimal supervision and relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Conduct conflict analysis on new Firm business and lateral hires
  • Prepare, audit, and present conflict reports to attorneys to resolve issues in a timely manner
  • Consult with partners, General Counsel’s office, and Professional Responsibility Committee to create and maintain effective screening restrictions and ensure appropriate ethical waivers are in place
  • Review engagement letters and outside counsel guidelines to ensure Firm-wide compliance and assist the New Business Committee
  • Perform legal research, including review of case law and jurisdictional issues related to conflicts clearance, lateral hiring, ethical walls, and related issues

Job Specifications:

  • Juris Doctorate (JD)
  • Licensed in California
  • At least two (2) years of related work experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word)
  • Knowledge of time entry and conflict of interest databases
  • Familiarity with legal research tools and database
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and prioritize responsibilities
  • Ability to handle and maintain confidential information
  • Ability to learn new concepts and skills quickly

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stoop, talk and hear
  • Employee must occasionally lift up to twenty (20) pounds

Work Environment:

Typical indoor office environment

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Successful candidates will be provided with outstanding career opportunities and will receive a competitive total rewards package with the opportunity to earn performance-based bonuses.

  • Expected Pay Range in Los Angeles $119,000 – $163,000 Expected

Please note that quoted salary ranges are not guarantees of what final salary offers may be. Base pay is based on market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Base pay is only one part of the Total Rewards that MWE provides to compensate and recognize our staff professionals for their work. Full time positions are eligible for a discretionary bonus and a comprehensive benefits package.