Senior Paralegal, Commercial - Office of General Counsel - Washington, DC
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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is seeking a well-qualified individual for our Senior Paralegal-Commercial opening in Washington, DC. To be considered for this position, please submit your resume through our career site at www.finra.org/careers - no phone calls, please.
Provides paralegal support to Corporate Transactions Group of FINRA's Office of General Counsel (Corporate). This position works independently on many legal projects under the supervision of the Corporate Transactions Group's attorneys, in support of OGC and other FINRA departments.
Essential Job Functions:
- Drafts correspondence and legal documents, such as contract amendments and analysis of points of law, summaries, and exhibits, for the review, approval, and use by legal staff.
- Supports attorneys by proofreading, editing, formatting and finalizing legal documents through to execution, at all times exhibiting a diligent and meticulous approach to detail.
- Participates in the negotiation of contracts.
- Assists attorneys in the maintenance of FINRA's trademark and copyright portfolios.
- Performs initial review of form agreements; responds to inquiries from clients regarding contracts and other pending transactions.
- Assists in maintaining the office's SharePoint sites and contracts/IP database systems; assists in identifying and implementing process improvements.
- Researches and analyzes corporate legal and, on occasion, regulatory sources, articles, codes, rules, and decisions.
- The paralegal may also be called upon to assist OGC's Regulatory Policy Group, OGC's Code of Conduct Office, OGC's Litigation Group, or other OGC offices, as needed.
- Bachelor's degree; and paralegal certificate, or the equivalent, preferred.
- Three - four years of legal office experience as a paralegal.
- Familiarity with commercial transactions, copyright and trademark law preferred.
- Excellent writing and editing skills required.
- Excellent planning, organization, and communication skills required.
- Familiarity using a desktop computer with the full suite of electronic office product applications and electronic legal libraries required.
- Work is normally performed in an office environment, with extended hours when necessary.
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.
FINRA's Code of Conduct imposes restrictions on employees' investments and requires financial disclosures that are uniquely related to our role as a securities regulator. FINRA employees are required to disclose to FINRA all brokerage accounts that they maintain, and those in which they control trading or have a financial interest (including any trust account of which they are a trustee or beneficiary and all accounts of a spouse, domestic partner or minor child who lives with the employee) and to authorize their broker-dealers to provide FINRA with duplicate statements for all of those accounts. All of those accounts are subject to the Code's investment and securities account restrictions , and new employees must comply with those investment restrictions-including disposing of any security issued by a company on FINRA's Prohibited Company List or obtaining a written waiver from their Executive Vice President-by the date they begin employment with FINRA. Employees may only maintain securities accounts that must be disclosed to FINRA at one or more securities firms that provide an electronic feed (e-feed) of data to FINRA, and must move securities accounts from other securities firms to a firm that provides an e-feed within three months of beginning employment.
As standard practice, employees must also execute FINRA's Employee Confidentiality and Invention Assignment Agreement without qualification or modification and comply with the company's policy on nepotism.
FINRA is an independent, non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business with the public in the United States. FINRA works to protect investors and maintain market integrity in a public-private partnership with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), while also benefiting from the SEC's oversight. In its role as investor guardian, FINRA is informed, but not influenced, by the industry that it regulates. FINRA's independent regulation plays a critical role in America's financial system-all at no cost to taxpayers.
FINRA touches virtually every aspect of the securities business-from registering and educating industry participants to examining securities firms; writing rules; enforcing those rules and the federal securities laws; informing and educating the investing public; providing trade reporting and other industry utilities; and administering the largest dispute resolution forum for investors and registered firms. FINRA uses technology powerful enough to look across markets and detect potential abuses. Using a variety of data gathering techniques, we work to detect insider trading and any strategies firms or individuals use to gain an unfair advantage.
In today's fast-paced and complex global economy, FINRA is a trusted advocate for investors, dedicated to keeping the markets fair and proactively addressing emerging regulatory issues before they harm investors or the markets. FINRA operates from Washington, DC, and New York, NY, with other offices around the country.
Find out more about us and how we work-and view our current openings-at www.finra.org/careers .
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