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Legal - Senior Counsel - Office of Legal Obligations - AVP

Req #: 180024144
Location: Chicago, IL, US
Job Category: Legal
Job Description:

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management, and private equity.


The JPMorgan Chase Legal Department is responsible for providing legal services to the Corporation and is organized by practice groups that generally align with the Corporation’s lines of business and corporate staff areas.  This structure encourages legal teams and businesses and staff areas to discuss legal, regulatory and business developments effectively and in a timely manner.


About the Office of Legal Obligations.  The Office of Legal Obligations, which is sponsored at the operating committee level of JPMC, is responsible for oversight and management of the End-to-End Legal and Regulatory Process Program (“Program”).  The objective of the Program is to design and develop a global, firm-wide, risk-based process to capture, in a proprietary database, the Firm’s obligations under applicable laws, rules and regulations, and the policies, procedures and controls associated with those obligations.  


For the Program, JPMC requires experienced individuals with strong legal and regulatory awareness and background, able to understand the risks to the lines of business and the Firm of non-compliance with laws and regulations. The ideal candidate will support efforts to help the lines of business in all geographies enter and maintain obligations that apply to the Firm’s businesses or operations in a proprietary regulatory change data base.  The individual will also support efforts to review, analyze, remediate and perfect prior topical coverage and to research new areas of coverage, as needed. The role requires significant cross-functional collaboration, including with line of business lawyers, their compliance counterparts, as well as counterparts in risk and oversight and controls.  The environment is fast-paced, often requiring that issues be addressed quickly - to ensure the firm stays in compliance with the rapidly-evolving federal, state, and other rules that may apply to our highly regulated industry.  The successful candidate must have strong analytical and collaborative skills, be able to work independently, be an excellent communicator, and be a true "self starter."


Primary Responsibilities will include:

  • Participate on cross-functional teams to develop and maintain legal obligations.
  • Collaborate with appropriate product area lawyers to enhance consistency of legal positions.
  • Routinely research and analyze laws, rules, regulations and other legal and regulatory developments to assess impacts on the firm’s products, services and businesses.
  • Build and manage product subject matter expertise, as required.
  • Serve as a Program liaison through collaborative advocacy and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Prepare, and maintain on an ongoing basis, matrices and other job aids to support program reporting and project tracking.
  • Research and analyze laws, rules, regulations and prior project work in order to promote evergreen efforts of the Program, focusing on quality assurance and consistency.
  • Support senior team attorneys in their project liaison and remediation efforts.
  • Collaborate with others on initiatives to monitor changes in law and regulation at the state and federal level.
  • Provide written summaries of obligations and changes to existing laws, rules and regulations.
  • Work collaboratively with legal, compliance, risk, and oversight and controls teams responsible for parts of the Program, as needed.
  • Provide feedback and frameworks to project management and technology teams to better improve functionality of the repository data base.
  • Occasional research to support special projects as needed.

  • JD or educational equivalent
  • At least three years of legal experience practicing law post JD, preferably with legislation or regulation of financial services or other highly regulated industries  
  • Experience researching and analyzing laws, rules and regulations
  • Attorney candidates must be licensed to practice law and in compliance with all relevant licensing requirements including the requirements of the jurisdiction where the role will be located prior to commencement of employment.
  • Detail-oriented, with a structured, disciplined approach
  • Experience with the financial services industry and/or good knowledge of financial markets
  • Thorough understanding of the business environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, advocacy skills, good team player and ability to prioritize workload
  • Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Analytical, flexible and pragmatic
  • All candidates for roles in the Legal department must successfully complete a conflicts of interest clearance review prior to commencement of employment. 
Preferred Skills:
  • Proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English is helpful.

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