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Associate Counsel

Company: Sammons
Location: West Des Moines
Posted on: November 16, 2021

Job Description:

Title: Associate Counsel

Location: Des Moines, IA.

What to Expect as an Associate Counsel:

Responsible for providing legal support to the Sammons Financial Group (SFG) member companies relevant to the companies' general corporate issues, corporate structure, and financial services. Specifically, this attorney will provide legal advice and counsel on a wide variety of legal questions related to general business operations, including employment laws and regulations, privacy and cybersecurity, information governance, vendor and contract review matters, real estate, general corporate matters, and other general insurance regulatory matters. The ideal candidate possesses the ability to think strategically, practically and holistically about appropriate legal solutions. Experience with federal and state employment laws and/or privacy laws and regulations preferred.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide objective, thorough, timely and well-researched legal advice and counsel to business partners on legal matters, allowing management and key decision makers the ability to assess the legal risks of various courses of action to support Sammons Financial Group business initiatives and risk management strategies.
  • Provide legal advice and counsel on legal questions related to Sammons Financial Group to ensure compliance with new and existing state, federal and local laws, statutes and regulatory requirements. This includes reviewing new laws and regulations and supporting their implementation with business partners.
  • Provide legal advice and counsel on legal questions related to Sammons Financial Group?s business operations, including any one or more of the following areas of law and business units: corporate governance, human resources, intellectual property, privacy and cybersecurity, real estate, procurement and vendor management, claims management and litigation, agency services, compliance and other general insurance regulatory matters.
  • Provide legal advice and counsel on issues relating to the Iowa Holding Company Act, corporate governance, reinsurance and finance (e.g. debt capital markets, reserve financing transactions and investments). Manage reporting requirements under the Iowa Holding Company Act.
  • Provide legal advice and counsel on issues relating to product distribution, including through independent agents, insurance marketing organizations, broker dealers, registered investment advisers and banks and financial institutions.
  • Provide legal advice and counsel on in-force policy and contract issues, including underwriting, claims management, product taxation, distributions, grace and lapse and reinstatement.
  • Collaborate with other attorneys and professionals in the Legal Department in managing Sammons Financial Group?s exposure to regulatory fines and penalties or other sanctions; share knowledge and, where required, implement changes to company procedures as a result of litigation and regulatory outcomes.
  • Understand Sammons Financial Group strategy, business objectives and goals when providing legal advice and counsel.
  • Draft and review policy forms, legal correspondence, agreements, contracts and releases.
  • Develop relationships with outside legal counsel, as appropriate, and in collaboration with other attorneys in the Legal Department, manage outside counsel.
  • Commitment to embrace Sammons Financial Group Companies shared values (Respect, Accountability, Integrity, and Openness)
  • As stated within the Company Attendance and Punctuality policy, regular attendance is required and expected in order to meet the business service levels and workflow demands.


    • Juris Doctorate Degree from an ABA accredited law school required
    • Minimum 3 years' relevant experience preferred
    • Experience in life insurance, annuities or financial services industry preferred
    • Ability to think strategically, practically and holistically about appropriate legal solutions
    • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and proactively on multiple projects under tight deadlines
    • Ability to collaborate with a variety of individuals in a professional, patient and responsive manner
    • Superior analytical, writing, oral communication, research, investigatory, advocacy, presentation and interpersonal skills
    • Demonstrated ability to identify and analyze legal issues and to apply known or researched rules of law
    • Demonstrated attention to detail, professional attitude and commitment to maintain confidentiality of records and information
    • Due to the financial nature and level of accountability of this position, a credit and criminal background check is required - The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires Sammons Financial Group Companies to notify you that, as a routine part of processing this application for employment, Sammons Financial Group may request a consumer report on you to verify all information contained in this application. Such report may include information about work-related behaviors, performance, character, general reputation, and personal characteristics, in addition to information about your previous employment, education, credit history and criminal records

      Licenses and Certifications:

      • A member in good standing of the Iowa Bar (or, admission to and in good standing with another bar enabling reciprocity and admission into the Iowa Bar) required


        • Occasional travel between office locations and conferences required

Keywords: Sammons, West Des Moines , Associate Counsel, Legal , West Des Moines, Iowa

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