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Professionals within Legal and Compliance provide a wide range of services to our business units. They might help to structure a complex and sensitive cross-border transaction; advise on a new product introduction; develop a training program or defuse an investor dispute. They preserve the firm’s invaluable reputation for integrity and protect the firm from sanctions with policies and procedures that meet regulatory requirements around the world. They also strive to maintain cooperative relationships with governmental policy makers and the regulatory and self-regulatory agencies that govern the firm’s businesses.
Wealth Management Litigation has 17 trial lawyers in three states. The San Francisco Unit currently has six lawyers and covers 15 complexes in two regions in the Western area.
We are seeking an experienced litigator to join our San Francisco Unit, which represents the firm and its employees in legal and regulatory disputes in the western U.S. This position is for you if you want to handle your own docket of arbitrations, civil litigations and regulatory enforcement investigations, get first chair litigation experience and become a trusted advisor to the business. This is a hands-on position where you can put your strategic thinking, advocacy, litigation and negotiation skills to work to solve disputes and regulatory issues with clients, the SEC, FINRA and various state regulators. Success in this role requires you to be highly motivated, independent, creative, resourceful and personable. You get to travel throughout the Pacific Coast and Central regions to handle your matters. You will also work cross-functionally with other groups across the Firm to mitigate risks and to provide strategic, practical advice.
Handle a large docket of litigation, regulatory enforcement and advisory matters
Litigate cases, including personally, through arbitration or trial
Advocate and negotiate on behalf of the firm and its affiliates orally and in writing
Represent the Firm and employees in SEC, FINRA and state regulatory investigations and enforcement matters
Analyze disputes and other litigation matters, recommend settlement authority and negotiate for the Firm
Provide strategic and practical legal advice to different business partners
Communicate complex legal issues and advice clearly and succinctly to business leaders, regulators and clients
Work cross-functionally with the business, Risk and Compliance and other partners
Conduct internal and external regulatory reporting
Travel required depending on case assignments and hearing locations
J.D. and member of California Bar in good standing
Strong academic credentials and demonstrated success as a litigator
Trial or arbitration experience or extensive motion practice required (including developing/implementing trial strategy, making opening/closing statements, conducting oral arguments and/or examining witnesses)
Strong oral and written advocacy and legal research skills
Strategic thinker and problem solver capable of prioritizing matters, analyzing issues and delivering practical business-minded advice
Tenacious and analytical advocate with a can-do, positive approach to managing a large docket
Skilled and persuasive negotiator willing to take the lead
Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work with clients and colleagues at every level and ability to work independently
Detail-oriented and organized with strong time and case management skills
Experience with electronic discovery
4-8 years of litigation experience in law firm, government or in-house
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