Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

  • Senior Conflicts Attorney

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
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  • Overview

    Lead in reviewing conflict check reports prepared by the conflicts team, escalate possible business conflicts and identify and advise on ethical conflicts under the New York Rules of Professional Conduct, which the firm applies globally to all sixteen offices across the firm.  Work directly with partners to clear conflicts, draft conflict waivers and prepare client engagement documentation as needed.  Oversee small group of conflicts attorneys and develop know how and precedents for conflicts advice work. Work closely with other members of the Professional Responsibility/Conflicts team on further development of the conflicts search and review process and improvement of systems for tracking conflict clearance and waivers.  Report to Professional Responsibility Attorney in Washington and Professional Responsibility Senior Attorney in New York.


    Part of a global Professional Responsibility team providing advice on conflicts of interest and a variety of other operational, regulatory and commercial risk issues. The role holder will:

    • Review conflict reports prepared for matters worldwide, identify potential conflicts of interest issues under the New York rules and potential business conflict issues; provide detailed analysis and advice direct to partners
    • Escalate potential issues to the partners involved in the matter in order to obtain any necessary conflict waivers
    • Assist in drafting conflict waivers where requested and coordinate tracking waivers in firm systems
    • Oversee small number of attorneys advising on conflicts
    • Assist in drafting engagement letters and editing letters drafted by others
    • Assist in reviewing and advising on client-drafted terms of business
    • Answer queries from professional staff across the firm, including, for example, secretarial staff and Business Development professionals, concerning conflict checks and processes 
    • Work with the Professional Responsibility attorneys and group to develop new procedures for streamlining large conflict check requests and consult on systems to improve conflict checks globally
    • Assist in developing conflicts training for lawyers and professional staff across the firm as appropriate to their level of involvement in the conflicts clearing process
    • Work on ad hoc projects that arise from time to time 


    This role will suit a U.S. trained lawyer with at least 3-5 years total experience in a highly regarded commercial law firm dealing with conflicts.  Experience with analyzing and advising on U.S. conflicts rules is required.

    • Requires a comprehensive knowledge of U.S. conflicts rules, preferably the New York Rules of Professional Conduct, and related guidance.  Must be able to work efficiently, give clear and commercial advice and understand the significance of matters in the wider context of the firm’s business.
    • Must be able to manage and develop other conflicts attorneys and act as an escalation point for less experienced staff.
    • Strong analytical and organizational skills necessary.  Must possess a close attention to detail and be used to working to very high standards of accuracy and efficiency, but balanced with a practical, common sense approach. Must be able to draft complex information succinctly, thoroughly and in plain English.
    • Able to manage a workload comprising of day to day queries as well as longer-term projects that may arise from time to time.
    • Must be able to effectively liaise with all levels of both legal and professional staff to assist with the resolution of issues and be able to inspire confidence from senior people.
    • Should be resourceful, possess initiative and be able to work autonomously with a high personal motivation, while also being an effective member of a global team.
    • Must be a fast thinker and quick learner able to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Must be able to prioritise, multi task and show resilience, confidence and the ability to remain calm under pressure.


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