Thompson Coburn LLP currently has an exempt position available in our St. Louis office for a full-time Loss Prevention Counsel II who will provide guidance to Firm attorneys on loss prevention issues with particular emphasis on reviewing and proposing revisions to policies and procedures regarding the client-intake process, assisting with attorney compliance with applicable Rules of Professional Conduct, devising methodologies to ensure best practices in the conflicts checking procedures of the Firm, and identifying and clearing potential conflicts of interest for new clients and matters and new hires. Qualified applicants will have a J.D. degree with significant practice experience in a private law firm environment as well as a current license to practice law.
Becomes familiar with and ultimately is the Firm expert on all aspects of new client intake and conflicts clearance.
Develops and implements Firm-wide best practices in the work flow of new client intake processes and conflict-checking processes.
Prepares and ensures compliance with Firm policy of engagement letters and conflict waivers.
Clears conflicts for new hires, including new employees and partners, as appropriate.
Clears conflicts for new clients and/or new matters.
Conducts legal research on loss prevention issues as needed.
Works closely with Firm General Counsel to resolve loss prevention issues.
Works closely with Firm Chief Financial Officer to assure seamless integration of loss prevention and business work flow processes.
Works closely with Firm General Counsel to report incidents and claims to the Firm malpractice carrier.
Determines and issues ethical wall implementation communications.
In concert with Firm General Counsel, conducts in-house training sessions for Firm attorneys and staff on proper intake and conflict procedures.
Continues to maintain current knowledge and suggests revisions to and adoption of best practices in loss prevention.
Clears conflicts for any Firm mergers and/or lateral attorney acquisitions.
Reviews outside counsel guidelines as submitted from clients.
Reviews all external marketing materials for compliance with ethics rules.
Maintains the accuracy of the conflicts database.
Works closely with Firm General Counsel to analyze professional liability policies.
Has understanding and appreciation of basic conflicts rules governing the private practice of law.
Is familiar with the ethics and conflicts of interest rules of the jurisdictions in which the Firm practices.
Has or acquires close working knowledge of the guidelines on loss prevention provided by the Firm’s loss prevention insurance carrier.
Is technically proficient in the use of relevant technology of the Firm and the Loss Prevention Department.
Can analyze ethical and professional liability issues and problems and recommend and implement solutions.
Is a self-directed, self-starting individual, able to spot opportunities in advance and devise actions to optimize those opportunities.
Demonstrates excellent interpersonal and communication skills, in order to maintain effective working relationships with partners, attorneys, clients and staff in the discharge of his/her duties.
Ability to travel as needed.
Is flexible and adaptable as exempt employee to meet the time demands of the position, in circumstances that may sometimes be time-sensitive and urgent.
Must possess a high level of professionalism and interpersonal skills so as to be able to work well with employees at all levels within the organization and maintain all information in the strictest of confidence. Required to use tact and diplomacy when dealing with others.
Must have ability to read, write and communicate fluent English; ability to compose documents in the appropriate business style using correct grammar and spelling; ability to communicate clearly using proper grammar and diction over the telephone.
Must possess attention to detail, ability to balance multiple projects, and strong time management skills.
Must have ability to reason and apply common-sense understanding to situations encountered.
Ability to process routine daily functions while being able to resolve sensitive issues and complex assignments utilizing above average critical thinking skills.
This is a full time position which requires working in the office a minimum of 40 hours on a regular basis. Oftentimes it may include working outside of normal business hours to ensure completion of position requirements.
The physical demands of this position are representative of those that must be met by an employee in order for him or her to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. These include being both mobile and stationary throughout the work day, having the ability to transport 15 pounds and being able to operate a computer and other business equipment found in the office.
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