This is an exciting opportunity to work for one of the top law firms in the U.S. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is seeking a Conflicts Staff Attorney to join our Seattle team.
This position is responsible for performing a variety of tasks related to the screening of potential client engagements in accordance with the firm's risk management procedures and policies, with a focus on conflicts screening for lateral attorney hires.
At Davis Wright Tremaine, you will find challenging assignments, opportunities for professional growth and community involvement, and a culture of inclusion and innovation.
Undertake and analyze conflicts database searches with respect to prior and current clients of lateral-hire attorney candidates at all levels
Provide detailed reports with respect to lateral-hire attorney candidates to Practice Group Chairs, Partners In Charge, and other stakeholders
Work closely with HR Recruiting team in supporting the lateral-hire attorney recruiting and onboarding process with respect to conflicts of interest issues
Coordinate administrative opening of new matters for incoming lateral-hire attorneys. Including identifying conflicts of interest and drafting waivers with respect to those conflicts that a current firm client and/or a lateral hire attorney's prior or current client may waive under the applicable Rules of Professional Conduct
Participate in training sessions for attorneys and staff regarding the firm's conflict screening and new client/new matter intake processes
Participate in Conflicts Staff Attorney on-call coverage for conflicts checks related to new business intake
Update department training materials on conflict and new business intake issues
Run special searches as needed (i.e. prior relations of new attorneys, potential merger, etc.) to identify potential conflict issues
Participate in special projects involving ne business intake best practices and risk management initiatives
Assist with other administrative tasks, and/or support as assigned
Juris Doctor; licensed to practice in one or more United States jurisdictions required
Demonstrated knowledge of conflicts of interest rules under the Rule of Professional Conduct required, prior experience with conflict analysis in a large law firm environment is ideal
Strong communication skills, verbal and written, required
Ability to build relationships with other attorneys to gain confidence in the conflicts analysis and approval process required
Attention to detail, analysis and organizational skills required
Strong interpersonal skills, team player able to work in a fast-paced environment required
Strong customer service skills, including understanding and responding quickly to a variety of inquiries, are required
Ability to work under pressure and meet project deadlines is required
Experience with Microsoft Office is required; experience with Elite Records Management System is preferred
Physical Requirements While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP believes that embracing diversity and inclusion brings out the best of what each individual has to offer and inspires us to build strong and lasting connections with each other, our clients, and our communities.
We are committed to creating and cultivating a diverse workforce and inclusive environment where every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is our policy to hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all employment-related decisions without regard to an employee's sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical condition), race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, religious creed, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, medical condition, military condition, military or veteran status or any other basis prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal laws.
This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.
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About Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
The List that Shaped a Legacy
Davis Wright Tremaine is dedicated to providing excellent legal services, and delivering them in a manner customized to each client’s particular needs and preferences.
This commitment has remained intact for decades as the firm has grown across the nation and to China. Today, Davis Wright is a full-service firm with approximately 500 lawyers in nine offices on the east and west coasts of the United States and in Shanghai. We are recognized for excellence in a broad number of areas, with 89 of our attorneys across 31 practice areas cited as leaders in their fields in the most recent Chambers USA guide, and over 140 of our attorneys across 56 practice areas included in the 2015 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."
Focused on the Future
While we honor and have great regard for our history, Davis Wright is focused on the future of providing legal services. We believe the future will reward those lawyers and firms that innovate and persist in tuning their services to the real-life, changing business needs of their clients. The ability to deliver customized excellence is based on listening to and understanding our clients, and being sufficien...tly flexible to adapt our approach to the client’s needs in the context of the particular situation in which we were hired. That involves talking with our clients, learning what their success measures are, and collaborating with them to ensure our service helps them accomplish those measures.
This always involves excellent lawyering but it also includes:
deep industry knowledge,
gains in efficiency in performing work that does not require a customized solution, or
the application of technology to reduce cycle time and improve quality.
How We Work with Clients
We use a number of techniques to ensure we understand our clients. We use client teams to enhance communication and collaboration among our lawyers, to advance our understanding of our clients’ business objectives, and to confirm with clients that our service model is aligned with their needs. Each year, we conduct dozens of face-to-face client service interviews, led by senior members of the firm, to solicit specific feedback on our lawyers and work, and to understand how, from the client’s perspective, we can improve. And, on a daily basis, we expect our lawyers to deliver value that includes not just excellent legal service but also business insight, user-friendliness, and flawless support.
We believe the way we work with clients is a distinctive feature of the firm and we make it a priority to reinforce its importance.
Teams That Collaborate
In terms of our services, we supplement depth and strength in the core legal functions of litigation, business transactions, intellectual property, and employment with nationally-recognized, broadly-based teams focused on a number of highly regulated industries—including communications, media, financial services, health care, energy, and hospitality. These teams collaborate effectively to provide a unified legal solution that is well-informed by the particular business and regulatory circumstances that influence our clients’ businesses and the legal work they need.
We focus on what we do extremely well. This means we will not be all things to all clients, but that they will place a high value on their relationship with Davis Wright.