PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY LAWYER GENERAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. Our clients look to us to bring a distinctively high degree of quality, intensity and creativity to resolve legal challenges effectively and cost efficiently. We believe in hiring talented and dedicated individuals as members of our administrative community. We draw on the strength of our culture and structure to deliver the best of our firm to our lawyers and clients through true collaboration. The firm is seeking a full time Professional Responsibility Lawyer to join the Office of General Counsel. As a member of the Office of General Counsel, the Professional Responsibility Lawyer is responsible for supporting new matter intake and lateral attorney hiring, by helping to identify and resolve conflicts of interest in a timely manner. The Professional Responsibility Lawyer also will assist with drafting waiver letters and engagement letter provisions and setting up information screens, as needed. In carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position, the Professional Responsibility Lawyer will work closely with the attorneys involved in particular matters, Conflicts Analysts, members of the firm’s Ethics Committee and other members of the Office of General Counsel.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to: • Advise relevant attorneys and others in the firm on the information required to complete conflicts of interest checks. • Review and analyze conflicts of interest reports and identify any potential conflicts. • Prepare concise summary reports for the relevant attorneys identifying potential conflicts issues that require attention and possible resolution. • Discuss conflicts issues with relevant partners and other members of the Office of General Counsel or Ethics Committee, as needed, to resolve potential conflicts. • Follow-up with attorneys to ensure prompt resolution of conflicts issues. • Review outside counsel guidelines for client-specific conflict considerations that may affect the conflicts of interest analysis. • Assist with drafting or reviewing waiver letters and engagement letter provisions to ensure they adequately address conflicts scenarios, as well as follow-up to ensure waivers are obtained as necessary. • Establish information screens, in consultation with other members of the Office of General Counsel, where required. • Contribute to internal CLE and similar educational initiatives regarding conflicts issues.
Requirements: • Strong working knowledge of the conflicts of interest rules in the New York Rules of Professional Responsibility. • Excellent oral and written communication skills; must be able to articulate conflicts issues accurately, clearly and succinctly to senior lawyers. • Strong analytical and problem solving abilities needed to address complex conflicts questions. • Must have strong organizational skills and be extremely detail oriented; issue-tracking, follow-up and resolution skills are essential. • Ability to work in a fast-paced, demanding, deadline-driven environment and to respond appropriately to shifting priorities. • Aptitude for quickly learning about the firm’s practice areas and how conflict issues play out in each of those practices. • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively. • Flexibility to work nights and weekends to assist with urgent matters.
Specific Technical Knowledge • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs. • Ability to learn new software programs a must. • Experience with eValuate and eWin software programs a plus.
Education and Experience Requirements • J.D. from an accredited law school required. • Must be licensed in the State of New York and in good standing. • Three or more years of conflicts experience preferred.
TO APPLY: A resume and cover letter/cover email are required to apply for this position. Please tell us where you saw this position posted. Send required materials to:
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About Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. Our clients look to us to bring a distinctively high degree of quality, intensity and creativity to resolve legal challenges effectively and cost efficiently. We believe in hiring talented and dedicated individuals as members of our administrative community. We draw on the strength of our culture and structure to deliver the best of our firm to our lawyers and clients through true collaboration.