Associate General Counsel (conflicts and compliance)

Location: New York

Contact(s): Tracey Breslin

Summary: The Associate General Counsel will work closely with the General Counsel to protect the Firm’s legal interests. The Associate General Counsel will advise partners, attorneys and staff on legal issues, will make recommendations to management and will work with attorneys and staff to address risk and compliance issue relating to legal matters of the Firm including matters of ethics, conflicts and professional responsibility. The associate general counsel will work closely with the General Counsel to deliver on responsibilities including but   not limited to those listed below.


·         Work closely with the General Counsel on legal issues faced by the Firm, with a particular emphasis on issues involving ethics, conflicts and/or professional responsibility.

·         Perform legal research and, drafting memos.

·         Consult with outside counsel and other experts when retained by the Firm.

·         Coordinate with Recruiting and Associate Development regarding matters involving questions of professional responsibility involving attorneys.

·         Support conflicts/new business intake team regarding engagement letters, and waivers, and compliance issues associated with new business intake.

·         Provide support for attorneys in drafting, renewing and negotiating engagement letters and conflict waivers.

·         Develop processes and protocols to improve consistency in terms of engagement letters, including provisions related to advance waivers, arbitration clauses and termination provisions.

·         Assist in developing, maintaining and revising policies and procedures relevant to the work of the Office of General Counsel.

·         Assist in lateral partner onboarding, including coordination and supervision of due diligence.

·         Assist in developing and implementing training programs to attorneys and staff.



·         New York qualified lawyer with experience   working in a commercial law environment.

·         Experience with issues involving ethics, conflicts and other matters of professional responsibility (preferred).

·         Experience supervising a team.

·         Strong communication skills, both oral and written.

·         Ability to work with minimal supervision.

·         Proven ability to solve problems in a methodical and practical way.

·         Ability to plan and organize effectively in order to meet business priorities.

·         Attention to detail.

5  - 7+ years experience


EEOC: Cadwalader is an equal opportunity employer. We offer opportunities to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or status in any group protected by federal, state or local law.






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