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Bonnie J. Host

SNR Denton US LLP

New York, NY, USA


Bonnie J. Host works as a Conflicts Attorney at SNR Denton US LLP.  In that capacity, she reviews, analyzes and summarizes conflicts of interest reports with respect to preliminary checks, client development proposals, new clients, new matters and lateral attorneys. Ms. Host reviews and interprets corporate and information reports relating to the conflicts clearance process, including Capital IQ, Hoover's, Dun & Bradstreet and Accuity reports. She identifies anti-money laundering concerns and issues relating to sanctioned and/or restricted governments, corporations and individuals. She identifies reputational risk issues. Ms. Host serves as the primary SNR Denton US LLP Conflicts Attorney for matters on which SNR Denton US LLP's attorneys work with attorneys located in the European, Middle Eastern and African member firms, associate firms and associate offices of the SNR Denton Verein structure and addresses multi-jurisdictional conflicts of interest and ethical rules in the context of a global law firm. She facilitates the resolution of potential and actual conflicts of interest, commercial concerns and strategic issues for attorneys firm wide by working closely with the partners involved in the particular matter, partners designated to provide additional clearance for matters involving certain practice areas and/or industries and the General Counsel's Office. She drafts necessary waivers, ethical screens and engagement letters and advises attorneys regarding same. Ms. Host provides training and develops training materials for new members of the Conflicts Clearance Group, new partners, foreign offices and support staff. She provides ongoing review and feedback regarding the performance of the New Business Intake staff and conflicts searches conducted.  She provides rigorous and ongoing input into best practices for handling conflicts of interest, compliance policies and conflicts database management for the firm. Ms. Host keeps abreast of professional and ethical standards relating to law firm risk. She proactively builds strong working relationships at every level within the firm in order to promote a strong compliance culture.

Ms. Host is admitted to practice in New York State Courts and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  She is a member of the New York Bar Association, where she serves on the Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct. She is a member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where she served for a three year term on the Committee on Professional Responsibility from June, 2009 through June 2012. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.

Ms. Host graduated cum laude from Columbia College in 1989 with a degree in economics. She graduated from The University of Chicago Law School in 1992. Prior to joining SNR Denton US LLP, Ms. Host worked as a commercial litigator at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Bingham McCutchen LLP for more than twelve years. In addition, Ms. Host worked for a period of time as an Associate General Counsel of Sotheby's, Inc. where she represented Sotheby's in a portfolio of claims and had responsibility for all legal issues arising from the Human Resources department.

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