Description: Fox Rothschild LLP has an opening in multiple offices for a Conflicts Counsel. The Conflicts Counsel team supports the firm’s critical risk management functions by performing all duties associated with preventing, mitigating, and addressing actual and potential ethical and business conflicts of interest, including:
Reviewing new business intake forms using proprietary software to ensure that all relevant parties have been appropriately identified;
Researching external and internal databases for pertinent information to vet prospective clients and other parties;
Analyzing conflicts reports for the purposes of identifying potential ethical and business conflicts of interest; and
Working closely with the firm’s full roster of attorneys and administrative staff to address and resolve conflicts of interest, including gathering and evaluating relevant information, applying rules of professional conduct and other law, and drafting and finalizing conflict waiver letters.
Candidates should have a basic familiarity with a wide range of practice areas, and should be able to communicate effectively with team members, the attorneys bringing in new business, and the firm’s leadership alike. Conflicts Counsel also vet incoming laterals to ensure that there are no irresolvable conflicts of interest between a lateral’s book of business and the firm’s existing business. Additionally, they are occasionally asked to assist with erecting ethical screens, drafting or revising engagement letters and outside counsel guidelines, conducting research on pertinent questions of law, and special projects as requested. We are not currently accepting resumes from search firms for this position.
Qualifications: Juris Doctorate (JD) with active license in resident jurisdiction required.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
Experience in a law firm environment required, with knowledge of conflicts of interest principles strongly preferred.
Ability to utilize research tools such as Dun & Bradstreet, Lexis, Hoover's, Edgar, and LegalKey, and to interpret the data produced by those systems.
Ability to research and apply the rules of professional conduct and other law in multiple jurisdictions to identify, evaluate, and appropriately address conflicts of interest.
Ability to effectively work with firm attorneys and administrative staff to resolve identified conflicts where possible, including drafting and finalizing conflict waiver letters, is critical.
Ability to identify parties involved in various types of legal matters (including corporate, litigation, bankruptcy, labor & employment, tax, and estate planning) and define relationships within the firm’s new business intake processes.
Proficiency to work independently and to exercise reasonable judgment in seeking input from the Director of Conflicts and the Office of the General Counsel as needed.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Strong service orientation.
Detail oriented with strong evaluative and problem-solving skills.
Ability to prioritize tasks, manage a busy workflow, and work effectively on an independent basis and as part of a team.
Since our founding in 1907 in Philadelphia, Fox Rothschild LLP has enjoyed a reputation for excellence in the fields of business, corporate and securities, labor and employment, real estate, creditors' rights, litigation and tax & estates law. Over the past twelve years we have grown to a firm of more than 500 lawyers practicing in 16 offices strategically located in Philadelphia, PA; Warrington (Bucks County), PA; Exton (Chester County), PA; Blue Bell (Montgomery County), PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Atlantic City, NJ; Princeton, NJ; Roseland, NJ; Wilmington, DE; New York City, NY; West Palm Beach, FL; Las Vegas, NV; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Stamford, CT and Washington, DC.As one of the premier law firms, we represent clients throughout the East Coast and across the nation. Our growth over the past decade has enabled us to serve clients from conveniently located offices, backed by the resources of a large, full-service firm.Because our clients consist of businesses of all sizes, we recognize that, regardless of size, every business has a distinct culture and particular needs. No matter how large or small, every client and every matter receive the appropriate, immediate attention that is the hallmark of our firm.