Review and provide thorough and timely analysis of all firm new business in order to identify legal and business conflicts of interest
Utilize available internal and external databases to review and analyze conflicts of interest reports with respect to clients, matters and prospective business.
Facilitate resolution of potential conflicts issues for lawyers firm wide.
Advise as to necessary waivers. Assist in drafting waivers and engagement letters or other documentation for Partner review and/or submission to clients.
Proactively communicate with department leadership on complex conflicts questions and other compliance issues.
Maintain thorough, accurate and current records of all conflicts resolutions in order to ensure integrity of the database and assist in identification and clearing of future conflicts of interest.
Investigate and resolve erroneous, outdated or otherwise incomplete data on conflicts reports in order to maintain integrity of information in firm conflicts database and other records.
These duties may be ongoing or ad hoc in nature.
Other duties as may be assigned to fully meet the requirements of the position.
Experience and Qualifications
Prior experience working with law firms or corporate legal departments
Experience with conflicts analysis strongly preferred but not required.
Strong oral and written communication skills required.
Ability to work productively with firm personnel at all levels.
Able to demonstrate excellent customer/client facing skills.
Strong analytical, interpersonal and organizational skills required.
Methodical approach to work with a strong focus on accuracy, attention to details, consistency and quality.
Able to effectively negotiate with and influence colleagues and others to achieve a successful outcome.
Strong legal research skills. In addition, stay current with recent research and thinking on ethics and conflicts best practices and rules across jurisdictions in which the firm has offices. Maintain a sophisticated, relevant base of knowledge in these areas.
Able to work under pressure to tight project deadlines and can adapt to differing demands, prioritizing tasks where appropriate and ensuring complete 'follow through' on outstanding issues.
Demonstrated ability to make recommendations to effectively resolve problems or issues by using judgment that is consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures, regulation or government law.
Knowledge of Intapp conflict checking, ethical wall and business intake software a plus.
Founded in 1929, Dentons Davis Brown PC provides comprehensive legal services to clients ranging from private individuals to Fortune 500 corporations, as well as multinational corporations, not-for-profit groups, the state and its agencies and political subdivisions, hospitals, and regulated industries. The firm's clients conduct business on a local, state, national, and international basis.
With a growing practice of more than 75 attorneys and offices in downtown Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ames, our firm offers legal services in a wide variety of areas including administrative law, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, government relations, immigration, patent law and intellectual property, biotechnology, real estate, securities, taxation, and litigation.
In 2021, Davis Brown combined with Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, to become Dentons Davis Brown PC. We have a new logo, new name, and new website, but our local rate structure, office locations, and attorneys and staff remain unchanged. The combination is a demonstration of our focus on exceptional client service - supporting clients wherever they do business: Iowa, the Midwest, the US..., and beyond. Dentons Davis Brown is committed to adapting and growing to best support our clients now and in the future.
In recognition of their legal expertise and commitment to their clients, Dentons Davis Brown attorneys have been nationally rated by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell® and Chambers USA. The firm has also been recognized as the Best Law Firm in Des Moines for 16 consecutive years by the Des Moines Business Record.
Dentons Davis Brown has a long history of community involvement within the Des Moines metro area and across the state of Iowa and we believe it is our obligation to promote our communities through pro bono work, community service, and charitable giving. Many of the firm's employees hold leadership positions in local civic, charitable, and political organizations including the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, Polk County Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, Des Moines Public Library Foundation, Ames Economic Development Commission, and many more.
Rewarding Work/Life Balance
Dentons Davis Brown is committed to supporting a balanced life for attorneys and staff. The firm has chosen to develop a workplace that not only fosters professional success but also supports individuals and families.
Dentons Davis Brown prides itself on a collegial atmosphere, employees are invited to participate in a number of fun firm-sponsored events held at the office throughout the year including holiday gatherings, birthday celebrations, and tailgate parties, as well as a number of other social events.
Culture of Inclusion
Dentons Davis Brown supports fostering the professional and civic growth of attorneys and staff of all backgrounds. Recognizing that a diverse team can better address client needs, the firm endeavors to hire and retain individuals with a strong work ethic, commitment to excellence, and diverse talents and experiences. As a progressive law firm, Dentons Davis Brown was the first Iowa law firm to elect a female president, elect an openly gay, female president and offer health benefits to same-sex domestic partners five years before it was mandated. Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee is comprised of shareholders continually striving to foster a culture of inclusion.
Invested in the Community
A. Arthur Davis (1928-1997), a named partner of the firm, was mayor of Des Moines, President of the Des Moines School Board, President of what is now the Greater Des Moines Partnership, and helped establish the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. Our attorneys and staff continue this commitment and are active in numerous organizations, programs and charitable causes with the goal of giving back to the community and making Iowa a better place to live.
Whether participating in United Way's Day of Action, volunteering at a local food bank, or organizing a food drive, the Dentons Davis Brown family pulls together in support of the local community. Our volunteer time off policy offers each employee paid time to volunteer with a non-profit organization of their choosing. In addition to donating time through firm and personal volunteering, each month Dentons Davis Brown spotlights an employee-nominated charity to fundraise for.
Since the program began, Dentons Davis Brown has donated tens of thousands of dollars to organizations including the Ashley Oakland Foundation Star Playground, Best Buddies, Tytoo Gardens Orphanage of Haiti, Beacon of Life, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, Care for Children Foundation, Youth Emergency Services & Shelter of Iowa, University of Iowa Dance Marathon, Hospice of Central Iowa, and Iowa Coalition against Domestic Violence, among others. All employees are invited to nominate a charity they care about to be the recipient of donations.