Job Description


Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is looking for a Conflicts Staff Attorney - Lateral Attorney Hire Focus to join our team in our Los Angeles, Seattle, Anchorage, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C., Richmond, or Portland office.
This is a temporary position lasting nine months, with potential to convert to a full-time opportunity for the right candidate.
We offer a 100% remote OR hybrid work engagement for this role. This position is responsible for performing a variety of tasks related to the screening of potential client engagements in accordance with the firm’s risk management procedures and policies, with a focus on conflicts screening for lateral attorney hires.
At Davis Wright Tremaine, you will find challenging assignments, opportunities for professional growth and community involvement, and a culture of inclusion. DWT fosters inclusiveness and authenticity. Regardless of position, everyone here has a voice and the support is unparalleled.
On a typical day you will:
  • Undertake and analyze conflicts database searches with respect to prior and current clients of lateral-hire attorney candidates at all levels
  • Provide detailed reports with respect to lateral-hire attorney candidates to Practice Group Chairs, Partners In Charge, and other stakeholders
  • Work closely with HR Recruiting team in supporting the lateral-hire attorney recruiting and onboarding process with respect to conflicts of interest issues
  • Coordinate administrative opening of new matters for incoming lateral-hire attorneys. Including identifying conflicts of interest and drafting waivers with respect to those conflicts that a current firm client and/or a lateral hire attorney’s prior or current client may waive under the applicable Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Participate in training sessions for attorneys and staff regarding the firm’s conflict screening and new client/new matter intake processes
  • Participate in Conflicts Staff Attorney on-call coverage for conflicts checks related to new business intake
  • Update department training materials on conflict and new business intake issues
  • Run special searches as needed (i.e. prior relations of new attorneys, potential merger, etc.) to identify potential conflict issues
  • Participate in special projects involving ne business intake best practices and risk management initiatives
  • Assist with other administrative tasks, and/or support as assigned

Join us if you have:

  • 2+ years of experience working in a conflicts department, preferably in a large law firm setting
  • Juris Doctor; licensed to practice in one or more United States jurisdictions required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of conflicts of interest rules under the Rule of Professional Conduct required, prior experience with conflict analysis in a large law firm environment is ideal
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written, required
  • Ability to build relationships with other attorneys to gain confidence in the conflicts analysis and approval process required
  • Attention to detail, analysis and organizational skills required
  • Strong interpersonal skills, team player able to work in a fast-paced environment required
  • Strong customer service skills, including understanding and responding quickly to a variety of inquiries, are required
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet project deadlines is required
  • Experience with Microsoft Office is required; experience with Elite Records Management System is preferred

Who We Are

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is an AmLaw 100 law firm with 11 offices nationwide. We are relentlessly committed to client service and look for candidates who share that commitment. At DWT, client service means having empathy for each client’s and each lawyer’s work and personal pressures, business objectives, and legal needs; anticipating their needs; and having the capabilities and commitment to deliver what matters most to them.
Additional benefits include:
  • First Stop Health Telemedicine: Speak with a licensed physician or mental health counselor 24/7, consultations covered by the firm
  • TELUS Health Employee Assistance Program: Receive support with mental, financial, physical, and emotional wellbeing
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance
  • Milk Stork: Virtual lactation consulting, breast milk shipping and nutritional testing covered by the firm
  • Wellness Benefits:
    • Peloton App
    • Headspace App
The hourly range for this position in Los Angeles is $72.31 to $79.49; Seattle is $70.26 to $78.46; New York is $87.91 to $106.59; San Francisco is $87.18 to $90.77; Chicago is $77.44 to $85.13; Washington D.C. is $78.97 to $82.56; and Portland is $67.18 to $75.38. Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience and other job-related factors permitted by law.  Paid sick leave is accrued on a biweekly basis at a rate of 1 hour per 30 hours worked. Temporary employees working at least 30 hours per week may be eligible for health insurance with an optional HSA, dental insurance, vision care, telemedicine and virtual short term solution based counseling services, Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts, sick time, and an employee assistance program. 
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP embraces diversity, equity and inclusion. It brings out the best of what each individual has to offer and inspires us to build strong and lasting connections with each other, our clients, and our communities. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of the fabric of Davis Wright Tremaine-central to who we are and what we do. Our vision is to foster a culture where all talented individuals-including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession-can have, and can see, a path to success. In order to support this vision, we request that you voluntarily provide the following demographic data. All self-reported demographic information is stored securely in a manner that is compliant with DWT’s privacy and security policies and is only accessible by authorized members of the Talent Acquisition and HR Departments; it is not shared with any of the hiring decision-makers.

Davis Wright Tremaine provides reasonable accommodations for those who need them to complete the application or recruiting process and for employees who need reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their positions due to a disability or for religious reasons. If you need to request accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please email  

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