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Conflicts Counsel

Benesch Law
Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Benesch is proud to announce the opening for a Conflicts Counsel in our Cleveland office! This position is hybrid and has work from home flexibility.

Position Summary:

Are you looking for an opportunity to utilize your JD but no longer wish to practice law? Have you passed the bar and wondered "what next" because you're looking for a non-traditional path to utilize your law degree? Then you may be interested in our Conflicts Counsel position. This role is perfect for a licensed attorney who likes to problem solve, conduct research and make recommendations for best practices.

The Conflicts Counsel plays a key role in our risk management department by assisting in providing clearance new business, attorney and staff hires, and acquisitions/mergers of other law firms.

Essential Functions

  1. Conducts conflict checks after obtaining all relevant available information on the parties, including affiliates and related parties and their relationship to the matter and each other.
  2. Manages the firm wide conflicts clearance process for new clients/matters and lateral attorneys.
  3. Consults regularly with General Counsel, Risk Management Officer, Conflicts and Intake Manager, and Conflicts Counsel as to conflict results and resolutions requiring a higher level of review, problems or issues that may arise, recommendations for improvement in running and clearing conflicts, or any needs for further resources.
  4. Manages the Outside Counsel Guideline process and reviews for potential issues.
  5. Carries out research projects pertinent to ethical issues and provides best practice recommendations to the General Counsel and Conflicts and Risk Management Counsel.
  6. Assists with the creation, implementation, and updates to various policies and procedures regarding matter maintenance including closings, and lateral arrival/departure process.
  7. Trains secretarial and administrative staff on how to utilize conflicts/new business intake workflow application.
  8. Keeps current on trends within the topic of conflicts of interest management.
  9. Participates in other projects and tasks as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:

1. Performs other duties as assigned.


Due to the nature of your employment, various documents and information, which are of a confidential nature, will come into your possession. Such documents and information must be kept confidential at all times.


The Conflicts Counsel must possess a J.D. Experience performing conflicts analysis in a large law firm environment preferred. Must possess excellent computer skills as well as experience with applicable automated conflict check software. Intapp Open software experience preferred. Requires a comprehensive knowledge of applicable ethical, legal and risk management rules and requirements governing conflict of interest and the conflict resolution process as well as related compliance issues/guidelines applicable to international law firms. Must possess strong written and oral communication skills. Must be able to understand, analyze, interpret, and explain conflicts reports and to converse informatively with timekeepers regarding conflicts issues. Demonstrated ability to effectively and efficiently work with all levels of personnel with tact and diplomacy.

Benesch is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability (where applicant is qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations), medical condition, protected veteran status, gender identity, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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