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Brown - Conflict Resolution - Gaithersburg, MD, USA

Kenneth Brown

Gaithersburg, MD, USA


Conflict Resolution


I am an experienced Conflicts Analyst / Conflicts Resolution Analyst, having recently worked for a large, international law firm in that capacity for nearly eight years. I am well-versed in all aspects of conflicts analysis: lateral conflicts analysis, new matter conflicts analysis, and lateral and new matter conflicts clearance.

Work History

Conflicts Resolution Analyst

December 2008 - July 2013

• Reviewed conflicts reports and determined the most efficient way to resolve identified business and legal conflicts
• Communicated with attorneys, legal secretaries, paralegals, etc. to resolve conflicts of interest
• Composed and proof-read Conflicts Resolution Signoff Page for review by the Firm's Business Review Committee
• Performed conflicts analysis work on an as-needed basis (see below)
• Consulted Senior Risk Management and Conflicts Attorneys to develop strategies to resolve complex conflicts issues and to improve the conflicts process
• Supervised Conflicts Resolution Analyst team as needed, providing firm-wide coverage for conflicts clearance
• Assisted in mentoring/training of new Conflicts Resolution Analysts

Conflicts Resolution Analyst

Morrison Foerster

August 2005 - July 2013

As a Conflicts Resolution Analyst, I was responsible to communicating with attorneys and legal secretaries to ensure to their requests for conflicts resolution assistance was received and being handled. The major part of that job, however, was the actual clearance of conflicts reports, which allowed attorneys to open their matters and begin billing. Clearance of conflicts reports consisted of reviewing the conflicts report (Legal Key) for Analyst error, problem-solving to determine the best approach to clearance of a particular report, review of engagement letters/waivers for applicability, conducting corporate affiliation research as necessary, contacting attorneys regarding their conflicting matters for their input as to clearance, collaborating with the Firm's Risk Management to problem-solve the resolution of complex conflicts issues, and providing requesting attorneys with a resolved report for opening their matters.

Conflicts Analyst

August 2005 - December 2008

• Handled all aspects of conflicts process, including conflicts report-running, new matter conflicts analysis, lateral conflicts analysis, and conflicts resolution/clearance
• Reviewed attorney/secretary matter opening requests, resumes, lateral biographies, etc. to determine entities when to run a conflicts of interest report
• Generated raw conflicts report
• Conducted research utilizing Lexis/D&B/Internet to determine corporate family structures
• Composed and proofread Conflicts Signoff Page identifying conflicts of interest for review by the Firm's Business Review Committee or a designated Conflicts Attorney
• Assisted in mentoring/training of new Lateral Conflicts Analysts

Qualifications & Certifications

Juris Doctor

Appalachian School of Law


North Carolina Central University

Appalachian School of Law

Starred in several university Theater Department productions

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