Corporate Counsel

Modern Woodmen of America
Posted Feb 02
Full Time
Rock Island, Illinois

Have you ever thought, “One day I hope to work in-house for a fraternal benefit society”? Probably not, but, really, why not? Fraternal benefit societies are unique membership organizations with peculiar names that pair the “member owned” characteristic of a mutual insurance company with the “social mission” characteristic of a service organization. They unite individuals with a common bond, provide a variety of life insurance and investment products, and form one of the nation’s most effective volunteer networks. And they need good lawyers. Modern Woodmen of America, the nation’s third largest fraternal benefit society with assets over $17B, is seeking a pioneering mid-career attorney who will provide legal and business guidance to our organization. This role offers an opportunity to contribute to our organization’s success while advancing your career in a supportive and collaborative environment. Responsibilities:

  • Assist in thinning legal risk by researching and providing advice and solutions on matters of insurance, corporate, employment, fraternal benefit, and/or consumer protection laws.
  • Prepare, review, and interpret contracts and other legal documents related to a wide variety of matters.
  • Participate in and supervise dispute resolution ranging from informal advice to operating departments to active litigation management.
  • Represent the organization and manage outside counsel as necessary in legal proceedings. 
  • This is a full-time exempt position generally working Monday- Friday.

What we need:

  • A passion for law, a tolerance for business, and a desire to grow professionally. No specific experience with fraternal benefit societies or life insurance is required.
  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school. Full, active license in good standing to practice law in Illinois or must obtain within 1 year of hire.
  • At least 7 years’ experience as a practicing attorney. 
  • Strong analytical, drafting, negotiating, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, meet deadlines, and manage multiple complex projects.
  • Willingness to obtain industry certifications and expertise.
  • Occasional domestic travel is required.

  What we offer:

  • Pay: The annual pay range for Counsel position is $130,000-$167,000. Annual pay range for Sr. Counsel position is $160,000-$200,000. The specific rate will depend on the successful candidate’s qualifications and prior experience. Both positions are eligible for Modern Woodmen’s annual exempt bonus program.
  • Stability: Modern Woodmen has been Modern Since 1883SM and exists for our members.  We make long-term decisions that provide stability to our employees, financial representatives, and members.
  • Respect for Personal Time : We offer vacation, sick leave and 11 paid holidays. We value your time outside of work and offer careers that blend work and life well.
  • Valued Role : As a key contributor to our business, this attorney position is held in high regard, offering visibility and recognition within the organization.  Work with a close-knit, well-established legal department.
  • Professional Growth : Benefit from our commitment to employee development, with mentorship and opportunities for leadership that foster long-term career growth.
  • Great Culture : We build strong working relationships across our organization through collaborative work and volunteer opportunities.
  • Nice Office : An office with a partial river view in a building that has a lovely plaza overlooking the Mississippi River. Soon to have an on-site café offering a variety of freshly prepared food and drink options throughout the day.
  • Exceptional Benefits : Our comprehensive benefits package is designed to support your health and financial well-being. Benefits include: * Company-paid retirement plan (also known as a pension!) * Matching 401(k) Plan * Medical, Dental, Prescription drug Insurance. We pay 100% of employee health insurance premium and 50% of employee dependents’ premiums. * Group Term Life Insurance * Long-term and short-term disability. * Voluntary benefits: Vision, Flexible Savings Accounts, Accident Insurance

Where we work:

  • This is currently a hybrid position (3 days in office/2 days work from home (WFH) per week), located at Modern Woodmen’s home office in Rock Island, IL. May, however, be needed to work in the office 5 days per week on occasion.
  • Not from the Quad Cities and hesitant to consider relocation? Give it some thought. The Quad Cities offers an idyllic Midwestern lifestyle along the mighty Mississippi and consistently ranks at the top of the list for quality of life and cost of living. It’s home to more than our share of artists, festivals, and fun in every season. There’s even an “ale trail.”

  Modern Woodmen is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to maintain a culture of respect and are committed to diversity and inclusion for all employees.