Western & Southern Financial Group

Associate Counsel

Compliance & Legal
Full Time


Summary of Responsibilities:

Provides legal services on complex matters and/or on matters involving low- to medium-sized dollar amounts with moderate direct supervision.  Reports to Assistant General Counsel.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Advises business units and shared services units on legal matters relating to insurance and annuity administration and claims; offers expertise and counsel on complex legal issues.
  • Communicates and negotiates with opposing counsel and regulatory authorities to resolve disputes.
  • Drafts, negotiates and finalizes complex legal contracts and documents; duties may include product development and drafting responsibilities, either directly or in support of other attorneys.
  • Supports the Compliance Department in advertising reviews, market conduct exam and complaint responses, filing objections, and other compliance matters with potential legal implications.
  • Undertakes complex research assignments from General Counsel and/or Deputy, Associate or AssistantGeneral Counsels.
  • Manages and handles routine litigation matters, interpleaders and other projects, as assigned by Law Department management, with moderate direct supervision.
  • Is responsible for completing commercial transactions, litigation matters and other projects.
  • Assists other attorneys as needed with litigation matters and other projects they are overseeing.
  • Effectively and efficiently manages outside counsel substantively on issues as well as on budget.
  • Is detail-oriented, responsive and resourceful, with excellent follow-through skills.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by management.


Selection Criteria:

·       Demonstrated experience in a corporate legal or compliance department and/or law firm, working with senior leaders or partners and also independently with clients on complex matters.

·       General knowledge of, and familiarity with, financial services businesses.

·       Experience handling insurance and/or annuity related matters is preferred, but not required.

·       Proven leadership abilities and excellent communication/interpersonal skills.

·       Proven strong analytical skills, including demonstrated experience identifying, defining and resolving complex problems, and collecting, quantifying or interpreting data to establish facts, draw valid conclusions and provide creative resolutions.  Must be able to cite examples of sound judgment, initiative and good decision-making skills when dealing with multiple alternatives.  Demonstrated ability to conceptualize and use new methodologies.  Proven experience in working with complex data and analyzing the quality of the output provided.

·       Demonstrated strong contract drafting, and verbal and written communication skills.  Demonstrated ability to convey information, verbally and in writing, to internal and external customers in a clear, accurate, focused and concise manner.  Proven ability to effectively interact and communicate with all levels of staff and management.  Demonstrated ability to document procedures and activities in a manner that is understandable to others and prepared using a prescribed format.  Verbal and written communications are to conform to proper rules of punctuation, grammar, diction and style.

·       Proven ability to work under pressure, prioritize and manage multiple tasks; meeting deadlines is imperative.  Must cite examples of developing, organizing, initiating and maintaining a project and successfully accomplishing set goals.

·       Demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships with executive leadership and to influence others beyond direct control, both inside and outside the Company.

·       Demonstrated ability to collaborate with other attorneys and colleagues in the organization on legal and regulatory matters, cases and/or issues.

Work Setting:

·       This position works in an office setting and remains in a stationary position for long periods of time while working at a desk, on a computer or with other standard office equipment, or while in meetings. Requires visual acuity to read a variety of correspondence, reports and forms, and to prepare and analyze data and/or information.

Educational Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor from a recognized and accredited law school and above average class standing.

Computer Skills and Knowledge of Hardware & Software Required:

  • Proficient in the use of word processing and email.

Certifications & Licenses (i.e., Series 6 & 63, CPA, etc.):

  • License to practice law in Ohio.

Position Demands:

  • Extended hours required during peak workloads or special projects.



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