New Business Conflicts Clearance Attorney

Office Of The General Counsel

New York

The New Business Intake Conflicts Attorney plays a critical role in ensuring the firm's adherence to ethical standards and compliance with applicable conflict of interest rules. This position involves a comprehensive approach to managing and resolving conflicts of interest and related compliance issues, conducting new client research, and facilitating the firm’s business intake processes. The ideal candidate will possess a nuanced understanding of legal ethics, a proactive approach to problem-solving, and a commitment to excellence.

  • Facilitate the firm’s new business intake process, ensuring a thorough and efficient evaluation of potential clients and matters.
  • Conduct detailed conflicts of interest analyses for new business engagements utilizing both internal and external databases.
  • Draft and implement conflicts waivers and ethical walls as necessary to resolve potential conflicts of interest.
  • Advise attorneys and staff on ethical obligations and compliance with Rules of Professional Conduct, fostering an environment of ethical awareness and compliance.
  • Provide guidance and training to attorneys and staff on the firm’s conflicts and business intake policies and procedures.
  • Participate in the after-hours, weekend, and holiday on-call rotation for emergency conflicts checks and inquiries.
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills to facilitate effective work relationships with others.
  • Manages Firm resources responsibly.
  • Complies with and understands Firm operation, policies, and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the rules of professional responsibility and a strong ethical judgment.
  • Excellent analytical, research, and communication skills, with a detail-oriented approach to problem-solving.
  • Proven ability to manage complex information and make informed decisions swiftly.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.
  • Proficiency in PC and Windows applications, with a willingness to learn and adapt to new technologies.
  • Knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g. Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), with the ability to learn new software and operating systems
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrates close attention to detail
  • Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organizational, and planning skills [Exempt Non-management]
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team
  • Ability to use discretion and exercise independent and sound judgment [Exempt Non-management]
  • Flexibility to travel [If applicable]
  • Flexibility to adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs

  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school and admission to the Bar
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience in conflicts management, ethical compliance, or a related field within a large law firm environment

    The salary range for this New York position is expected to be between $135,000-$180,000 annually. Actual salary will be determined based on skills, experience (to the extent relevant) and other job-related factors, consistent with applicable law.

    Skadden’s hybrid work model consists of working Monday through Thursday in the office. Attorneys also receive the opportunity to work remotely for specified periods throughout the year. Attorneys in our Office of the General Counsel are eligible for the following benefits: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance; 401(k); NY bar registration; on-site fitness center; continuing legal education (in-house, PLI, NY City Bar, Lexis/Westlaw); 4 weeks of paid vacation; and parental leave.

  • EEO Statement

    Skadden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It adheres to an equal employment opportunity policy that prohibits discriminatory practices or harassment against applicants or employees based on any legally impermissible factor including, but not necessarily limited to, race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, alienage or citizenship status, marital or familial status, domestic partnership status, caregiver status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, change of sex or transgender status, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual and reproductive health decisions, disability, any protected military or veteran status, or status as a victim of domestic or dating violence, sexual assault or offense, or stalking.

    Applicants who require an accommodation during the process should contact Emily Johnston at (212) 735-3304.

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