Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

  • Risk Attorney

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
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  • Overview

    We seek a Risk Attorney to support the firm's global commercial and business acceptance functions, as part of the global Professional Responsibility team working with the firm's General Counsel and Global Risk Director. The attorney will review outside counsel guidelines and other client-drafted terms of business and advise on the firm's ability to accept those terms; review and draft responses to client-driven/client-provided compliance and risk-related audit, questionnaires and other inquiries; and draft and edit client engagement documentation and related correspondence. The Risk Attorney will also assist with other professional responsibility projects as needed. 


    Position: Exempt


    Reports to: Professional Responsibility Attorney


    Function as part of a global Professional Responsibility team working with the firm's General Counsel and Global Risk Director to provide support for the firm's intake of new business and a variety of other operational, regulatory and commercial risk issues. The Risk Attorney will:

    • Review outside counsel guidelines and other client-drafted/client-provided terms of business and assist the Professional Responsibility Attorney in Washington and firm partners by advising on the firm's ability to accept those terms
    • Assist in the negotiation of outside counsel guidelines and terms of engagement where requested
    • Review and draft the firm's response to client-driven compliance and risk-related audits, questionnaires and other inquiries
    • Draft responses to risk-related topics in RFP submissions
    • Draft engagement documentation and correspondence for clients and edit documentation and correspondence drafted by others
    • Answer queries from professional staff across the firm, including, for example, secretarial staff and Business Development professional queries concerning the firm's risk processes
    • Work on ad hoc Professional Responsibility projects


    • Requires a JD and at least 3-5 years total experience in a highly regarded law firm either as a practicing attorney working on client matters or in an in-house firm role focused on business acceptance and/or conflicts/ethics. Prior experience working on client outside counsel guidelines or engagement terms and materials, a plus.
    • Requires a solid understanding of contract review, drafting and negotiating. General knowledge of U.S. conflicts rules, a plus.
    • 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 tasks and 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 lawyers and professional staff.
    • 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 prioritize, multi-task and show resilience, confidence and the ability to remain calm under pressure.


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