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Company name

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Organization Type

Law Firm

Job Type


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USA Chicago, IL

Date Last Verified

Jan 25,2018

Posted on

Dec 07,2017

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Senior Director of Compliance and Information Governance The candidate will be responsible for establishing the strategic direction, management and professional development of the Conflicts and Business Intake, Information Governance, and Docket groups with the ultimate goal of risk identification and management. Will coordinate with Department Chairs, Office Managing Partners and administrative staff to understand current Firm practices and design appropriate processes and controls to insure compliance with all appropriate regulations and client requirements. This role is suited to an ambitious individual with compliance and risk experience in the legal sector. Work closely with the Office of the General Counsel to build a successful compliance driven environment providing a foundation for subsequent assessments and treatment of risks. Identify changes in applicable rules, regulations and standards relevant to the compliance functions and propose necessary modifications to policies and procedures for consideration by Firm management. Proactively communicate and become a leading role model for active compliance management including the creation of attorney and staff education programs. Participate as a member of the Firm’s Risk Management Committee, working with designated attorneys and administrative leads to assess Firm risk and provide recommendations to Firm management. Continually assess and evaluate all processes to insure compliance, prioritizing based on Firm and client business requirements. Regularly review and update Firm compliance and information governance related policies. Assist with the creation of new compliance and information governance policies as needed under the direction of the Office of General Counsel. Oversee the planning and implementation of a new records management system which integrates the management of both physical and electronic information. Coordinate closely with the Technology Service Group in the management of information during the implementation of new technologies and security controls. Complete the development of systems and controls for managing the inbound and outbound transfer and overall lifecycle of client information. Oversee the creation of educational programs for attorneys and staff regarding the appropriate handling of information by practice area or department. Establish appropriate procedures to execute the records retention policy on a firm-wide basis. Meet regularly with the National Records Manager to provide assistance and support with the management of the Information Governance/Records team. Ensure the department stays on task, focusing on effectiveness and efficiency, identifying and pursuing opportunities to improve internal operations to facilitate the firm-wide business intake and conflicts processes. Oversee and be involved in managing sensitive information, balancing deliverables that often involve competing priorities, and foster excellent customer service in a fast-paced, high performing environment. Create statistical reports which effectively evaluate department performance and support process improvement initiatives. Coordinate with the Office of the General Counsel, Technology Services Group, and Finance to implement new technologies and processes as needed. Meet regularly with Business Intake & Conflicts management to ensure the coordination among teams, adequate staffing levels, and effective training methods are deployed. Provide strategic direction for the development of the Litigation and IP docket teams. Meet regularly with the National Docket Manager to provide assistance and support with the management of the Litigation Docket and IP Docket teams. Interact with Department Chairs and Practice Group Leaders to ensure the docket teams are addressing the client team needs. Create education programs for attorneys and staff regarding the Firm’s centralized litigation calendaring system. Create statistical reports to measure team and individual performance. Create litigation docket reports which alert Department Chairs to upcoming critical events.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university. Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school is strongly preferred. Must have 5 years of experience working in a position of managing risk for a national or international law firm. Experience with the financial system Elite is preferred. Must have strong understanding of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. In depth knowledge of information governance principles, with an emphasis on records management and information privacy regulations is needed. Must be Highly PC literate particularly with good Excel and database management experience. Knowledge of legal regulatory and legislative requirements for law firms, and an understanding of risk in the legal services environment is needed. This position requires strong client service skills; ability to research, analyze, and synthesize information; and ability to work with minimal direction in areas of responsibility. The candidate must possess strong communication skills (oral and written) and listening and interpersonal skills. Must be approachable, collaborative and team oriented. Must demonstrate judgment, tact, candor, and resourcefulness and a strong initiative and attention to detail. Must be able to work effectively with a diverse group of individuals with strong opinions and varying professional development proprieties and goals.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
131 South Dearborn Street
Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60603