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Legal Counsel The candidate will partner with the Senior Legal Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and other colleagues within and outside the Legal Department to proactively and re-actively address an array of legal operational areas and risk issues for the Group, the largest originator of reverse mortgage loans in the United States Practice in the areas of general corporate transactions, mortgage regulation, real estate finance law, contract, employment, corporate governance, intellectual property and marketing law; exercises authority in transactional and regulatory matters; acts as negotiator; and performs duties relative to assigned areas of responsibility. Review and negotiate a variety of contracts including vendor and wholesale origination channel agreements. Cooperate extensively with business partners, including vendor management personnel, in creating and managing contractual relationships. Provide advice on wholesale partner approval, negotiating contracts as required, and resolves relationship issues. Assist Senior Counsel and Chief Legal Officer with corporate governance responsibilities, and review and negotiation of the company’s own finance arrangements. Provide direction to paralegals in execution of assigned projects. Provide advice on compliance with Federal and state mortgage lending and real estate brokerage laws and regulations to operational departments, AAG Compliance, Risk and QC Officers, the Internal Audit Department and executive management. Review and draft policies, procedures, forms and disclosures. Provide counsel to the Human Resources Department and operational departments on the full range of employment law issues, including preparing, reviewing and approving related compensation plans and other documents. Advise on resolution of employment disputes and mitigation of HR risks, in coordination with the company’s attorney responsible for litigation management. Retain outside counsel as necessary and reviews and approves fee bills, establishing alternative billing arrangements when possible. Establish budgets for transactional and regulatory work and manages to those budgets. Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and membership in the State Bar or ability to register as in-house counsel within six months from date of hire required. General transactional experience required. Consumer finance legal experience preferred, preferably in the area of mortgage. Sufficient training, education and public or private legal experience to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities required. Development of the required knowledge, skills and abilities is typically obtained through a combination of training and experience equivalent to four or more years increasingly responsible experience in the areas contract law, corporate law, consumer finance law and/or financial institution regulation required. Knowledge of: Principles of contract law and general transactional practice; Mortgage law and regulation preferred; Advertising law preferred; Employment law preferred. Ability to: Plan, organize, and review work and projects; Prepare, and present effective legal arguments; Evaluate alternatives and make sound recommendations; Prepare clear, concise and complete legal documents; Analyze highly complex legal issues accurately and in a timely manner; Prepare persuasive, sustainable legal opinions on highly complex subjects including where there is no substantial precedent; Exercise initiative, discretion and independent judgment; Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; Manage outside counsel effectively, including use of alternative fee arrangements; Establish and maintain effective professional relationships with company personnel, other attorneys, and others.
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