Counsel - Enforcement

The Enforcement Counsel resolves non-complex Enforcement matters, and contributes meaningful high quality work for large complex matters.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Resolve non-complex Enforcement matters based on rigorous assessment and effective advocacy
    • Execute an effective risk-based legal strategy to assess the record fairly;
    • Recommend a fair and effective outcome, accurately assessing the evidence and applying a well-reasoned legal framework to the case;
    • Identify potential risks, defenses, individual liability and Principal Considerations;
    • Effectively negotiate settlements, demonstrating knowledge of the record, and familiarity with the law and potential defenses;
    • Contribute meaningfully to settlement negotiations and discussions with respondents, demonstrating knowledge of the record and familiarity with the law and potential defenses
    • Contribute meaningfully to internal discussions regarding legal strategy, demonstrating an understanding of the factual record and legal framework;
    • Assist in litigation preparation and contribute meaningfully to litigation, including by conducting non-complex witness examinations in non-complex litigation
    • Draft clear and organized analysis, and effective advocacy documents;
    • Plan for and conduct OTRs of witnesses, demonstrating ability to develop an effective transcript through active listening, follow-up, and knowledge of the record


  • Achieve Enforcement outcomes that are foreseeable and transparent in non-complex matters.
  • Identify and assess relevant Principal Considerations;
  • Recommend charges and sanctions consistent with FINRA’s priorities and principles;
  • Draft and finalize settlement documents that clearly describe the facts, the basis for FINRA charges, and the Principal Considerations that support the sanction
  • Research and identify the legal requirements for charges;
  • Identify and escalate issues where rules and guidance are ambiguous or silent;
  • Contribute to discussions with other departments regarding interpretive or policy issues;
  • Explain legal reasoning regarding non-complex matters or issues in meetings with respondents or other stakeholders;
  • Resolve non-complex Enforcement matters timely.
  • Actively monitor and advise in investigations to ensure they are focused and targeted, and identify necessary inquiries in real time;
  • Prepare cases for litigation to facilitate prompt filing, efficient document production, and a timely hearing
  • Manage time effectively to independently meet deadlines and provide work product in a timely manner;
  • Demonstrate effective oral advocacy during negotiations and discussions, facilitating efficient progress of a matter
  • Prioritize matters based on risk;
  • Establish timelines and manage teamwork and tasks to achieve them;
  • Produce timely and complete written work product
  • Identify and escalate matters or issues that require re-prioritization;
  • Avoid unnecessary research or investigative steps
  • Successfully collaborate with investigative staff to produce a sound factual record in non-complex matters.
  • Partner with investigative staff to plan investigation and fully develop the record;
  • Provide relevant and accurate legal advice to investigative and legal staff ;
  • Work effectively with investigative staff to ensure that written descriptions are supported by the record, accurate and clear;
  • Identify and escalate gaps in the investigative record;
  • Objectively review and clearly summarize sufficiency of evidence to establish a charge
  • Demonstrate ability to resolve non-complex matters with supervision, and provide high quality work in team-based matters
  • Keep managers informed and incorporate feedback into planning and execution;
  • Complete assignments in an efficient manner; leverage existing relevant precedents, such as work product in similar cases, where possible;
  • Effectively communicate with other team members about non-complex factual and legal issues for analysis;
  • Assist in litigation preparation by preparing exhibits, drafting witness outlines, and participating in strategy discussions
  • Conduct non-complex witness examinations in litigation


Education/Experience Requirements:
  • Law degree and admission to the bar.
  • A minimum of four years relevant legal experience in a regulatory or legal environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and litigation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

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Work Conditions:
  • Work outside of business hours and overnight travel may be required.

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume. A writing sample may be required as part of the submission.

The information provided above has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work of the position. It is not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required.

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In addition to a competitive salary, comprehensive health and welfare benefits, and incentive compensation, FINRA offers immediate participation and vesting in a 401(k) plan with company match. You will also be eligible for participation in an additional FINRA-funded retirement contribution, our tuition reimbursement program and many other benefits. If you would like to contribute to our important mission and work collegially in a professional organization that values intelligence, integrity and initiative, consider a career with FINRA.

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