Description

The Conflicts Analyst, Lateral Hires will assist in providing an efficient and effective service to Firm Partners and offices in the on-boarding and processing of lateral hires through provision of analysis and identification of possible conflicts of interest pertaining to the lateral's employment history and portable clients; ensure the Firm's compliance with ethical and legal duties to avoid conflicts of interest and in meeting professional responsibility obligations.
 
 
Responsibilities:
  • Provide all aspects of support to the Firm, its Partners and Offices with regard to all tasks encompassing conflicts identification and reporting within the lateral hire process
  • Review all information submitted on Lateral Candidate Information Request forms (LCIR) for accuracy and completeness, namely ensuring all required fields are populated, information provided is accurate and appropriate supporting documentation has been attached; liaise with Talent Management to obtain missing details, if necessary
  • Make sound and educated decisions regarding the existence and validity of possible conflicts of interest; report identified conflicts of interest to Talent Management with instructions to contact the appropriately identified Responsible Partners for clearance
  • Identify and report specific matters where ethical screens should be constructed between the lateral hire and ongoing Baker McKenzie work
  • Prepare Confidential Information disclosure forms based upon the candidate's previous employment history to be kept with the candidate's personnel file
  • Conduct online investigation of prospective lateral hires using screening tools (such as WorldCheck, Pacer, Lexis Nexis, etc.), and the Internet (Google), facilitating the identification of high risk and negative findings, which, if found, must be communicated to the Director of Professional Responsibility and Talent Management
  • Engage and collaborate with team members through the presentation of ideas and recommendations regarding best practice, continuous improvement, departmental processes, policies and procedures
  • Provide support and assistance on important team projects and initiatives, when required
 
Skills and Experience:
  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree with some relevant law firm experience, preferably with a focus on conflicts analysis
  • Knowledge of American Bar Association (ABA) Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high volume environment
  • Ability to make effective, accurate decisions, judgement calls and reliable recommendations with support from team members and Management, where necessary
  • Excellent working knowledge of Intapp, Microsoft Office and online research tools
  • Professionalism and the ability to influence in a positive manner
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a positive customer service oriented attitude
  • Ability to engage and collaborate with team members locally and across other Centers
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, with the ability to work well under pressure, manage workloads, meet deadlines and prioritize efficiently
  • Ability to leverage consultant resources and utilize information appropriately
  • Exceptional problem solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills
  • Ability to contribute ideas for process improvements and adapt easily to procedural changes
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills demonstrated in interactions with all colleagues throughout the Firm as well as Partners and Management
  • Positivity and the adoption of a solution-based approach in all aspects of work
  • Flexibility to work a reasonable shifting schedule is required