Conflicts Counsel

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Chapman and Cutler LLP is seeking a Conflicts Counsel for our Chicago office.  The Conflicts Counsel is responsible for assisting with the review of potential conflicts issues Firmwide, working with the General Counsel, the Conflicts & Records Manager, and reporting to the Office of General Counsel.  While residency in the Chicago office is preferred, residency in other Chapman offices is possible.  The position requires an in-office presence but includes flexibility for some remote work.


The work will include the following among other responsibilities:


·       Analyzes and resolves conflicts reviews for all new business requests and lateral attorney hires.  Liaises with Recruiting team and Firm attorneys to obtain additional information, identify conflicts issues, and review and approve conflicts forms as needed.

·       Communicates with lateral candidates to obtain complete and accurate client and related parties information to ensure completion of the conflicts review process.

·       Working with the Lateral Partner Recruiting and Retention Partner, liaises with incoming lateral hires to assist with the transition of new business clients.

·       Drafts and reviews ethical screens and conflict waivers.

·       Maintains current knowledge of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct and jurisdictional differences in all states in which the Firm conducts business.

·       Monitors and maintains ABA and jurisdictional rules for changes and proposes new modifications to Firm policies and procedures as needed.

·       Performs various special projects and other duties as requested by the Office of General Counsel.




The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of prior experience in a law firm or other professional setting; preference given to those with law firm experience.  Experience with conflicts analysis preferred but not required.


·       Juris Doctor or equivalent.

·       Admission to the bar in a jurisdiction where the Firm has an office (preferably Illinois).

·       Knowledge of rules of professional responsibility and legal ethics.

·       Ability to project professional presence and inspire confidence while interacting with all levels of staff and attorneys.

·       Issue tracking, follow-up, and resolution skills are essential.

·       Strong communication skills and client service attitude.

·       Commitment to consistently high-quality work product.

·       Committed to following all Firm security protocols and maintaining information security.


Chapman and Cutler LLP has established COVID-19 workplace guidelines, including a requirement that all personnel be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to work in or visit Chapman and Cutler LLP offices or attend events sponsored by Chapman and Cutler LLP at other locations.


Please submit a cover letter and resume.  All applicants will be considered; however, the hiring decision will be made based on qualifications for the position.


Chapman and Cutler LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V/SO.


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