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Conflicts Manager

Job ID: 4577

Updated: May 21, 2018

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Conflicts Docket/Records Mgmt

About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

The Conflicts Manager is responsible for the daily operations of the Firm’s Conflicts of Interest team, systems and processes.  The Conflicts Manager reports to the Associate Director Operations, New Business & Conflicts, and  directly manages the Conflicts Supervisors for new business intake, laterals/new hires and restructuring/debtor representations. 

The Conflicts Manager has these core responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Office of the General Counsel and Risk Management leadership, ensure that the activities of the Conflicts team align with Firm risk management policies and goals, utilize industry best practices, and support the ethical obligations of lawyers as defined in the Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • Maintain high standards for customer service and quality control.
  • Deliver prompt results that take into account the unique needs of the attorneys and staff.
  • Manage issues related to staff hiring, personnel coaching and improvement, and termination.
  • Develop, implement and oversee all training programs for new and established staff, including quality assurance protocols.
  • Review complicated and sensitive conflicts issues, and escalate appropriately for resolution.
  • Collect and report metrics that document work volumes and throughput time.
  • Work closely with the Associate Director Operations New Business & Conflicts, and the New Business team to ensure coordination of systems, workflow and outcomes.
  • Develop strong working relationships with attorneys, legal support staff and staff in other Firm administrative departments.

Essential Job Functions

  • Oversee processes related to conflicts search and analysis, including protocols related to Advanced Analysis.    Ensure the appropriate allocation of resources to all conflicts functions, and adequate coverage outside of normal work hours.  Develop and apply quality assurance protocols to conflicts requests in progress to ensure consistent and accurate searching and analysis.
  • Assist attorneys and staff in the identification and resolution of conflicts of interest for highly sensitive requests.  Consult with attorneys, management and Office of the General Counsel as necessary to receive guidance on the identification and resolution of conflicts of interest and business related issues discovered during the search and analysis process.
  • Review, assess, and recommend process, procedure, and technology improvements to ensure consistent quality, customer service, and efficiency.  Consistently review current processes and procedures for potential improvement through scheduled audits.
  • In conjunction with New Business and Conflicts leadership, manage staffing needs for the dedicated conflicts analysis team, including new positions, new hires, performance evaluations, employee improvement plans, and terminations.  Directly oversee the Conflicts Supervisors. 
  • Develop and implement training programs for newly hired staff.  Develop training and educational programs for in-place staff, with concentrated focus on the Rules of Professional Conduct related to conflicts of interest, internal department resources (such as templates and procedural guidance), Firm policies and procedures, systems and technologies used in the conflicts process, and training to improve written communication.   Ensure the ongoing professional development of conflicts supervisors, including advanced subject matter and systems training, training on supervision, and Firm human resources policies and procedures.
  • Conduct root-cause analysis of problems and issues as they arise, and administer appropriate solutions as approved.
  • Develop and maintain library of forms, templates, exemplar language and other resources used by conflicts staff during the performance of their duties.
  • Collaborate with department management to deliver performance and process statistical reports on a quarterly, annual, and ad hoc basis.
  • Be available for urgent and confidential situations, including evenings and weekends. Be available 24/7 via mobile device.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

The ideal candidate will possess more than 7 years of related experience, including law firm conflicts searching or similar process management/risk management experience required.  A minimum of 3 years of management and leadership experience is required.  Must have the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects at once while meeting deadlines and to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision. Four-year college degree required, advanced degree preferred.  Studies in areas directly applicable to the duties described above (e.g. business administration, project management, management, paralegal/legal assistant, and finance) desirable but not required.  Professional and educational experience strongly considered.

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