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Associate General Counsel and Managing Director - Banking, Lending and Trust

Wells Fargo
$249,500- $518,300/ year
Posted Jun 07
Full Time
HybridBoston, Massachusetts

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets, proudly serves one in three U.S. households and more than 10% of small businesses in the U.S., and is a leading middle market banking provider in the U.S. We provide a diversified set of banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through our four reportable operating segments: Consumer Banking and Lending, Commercial Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking, and Wealth & Investment Management. Wells Fargo ranked No. 47 on Fortune's 2023 rankings of America's largest corporations. In the communities we serve, the company focuses its social impact on building a sustainable, inclusive future for all by supporting housing affordability, small business growth, financial health, and a low-carbon economy.

Wealth & Investment Management

Wealth & Investment Management (WIM) provides personalized wealth management, brokerage, financial planning, lending, private banking, trust and fiduciary products and services to affluent, high-net worth and ultra-high-net worth clients. We operate through financial advisors in our brokerage and wealth offices, consumer bank branches, independent offices, and digitally through WellsTrade® and Intuitive Investor®.

Wells Fargo Legal Department

Our vision is to advance the Company's strategy, support its transformation, and effectively manage risk through a team known for collaboration, sound judgment, and proactive advice.

We support our vision with four strategic pillars: Integrated Business Advice, Risk Management, Talent & Leadership Development, and Operational Excellence. #LegalDeptJobs

The Role

The Assistant General Counsel will lead the section of attorneys and paralegals who provide legal consultation and support for the Wells Fargo Banking, Lending & Trust businesses within the Wealth & Investment Management Division, (together, the "Wealth Businesses").

Specifically, This Leader Will


  • Lead the section to provide expert, innovative, creative, timely and reliable legal support for bank sponsored products offered to the Wealth Businesses. These products include cash sweeps, bank deposit products, securities backed lending arrangements, and trust products.
  • Work with other leaders and subject matter experts in the Legal Department to advance and coordinate effective legal support for the Wealth Businesses in alignment with Enterprise and Department goals.
  • Serve as a strategic legal advisor to senior business and staff leaders of the Wealth Businesses, providing legal consultation, strategic planning, risk identification, and management advice.
  • Serve as a contributing member of the applicable business and risk management committees.
  • Follow and ensure consistent application of Company and Legal Department policies and procedures, including the management of outside counsel.
  • Participate as a key member of the Wealth and Investment Management Legal Division's leadership team: collaborate with other leaders to provide legal support, as well as help oversee the division's business management effectively, including learning about all WIM legal employees to help support our desired target operation model.

The Candidate

The successful candidate for this role will demonstrate the leadership skill necessary to collaboratively build and lead a high-performing team of legal professionals to drive business results through leadership effectiveness and employee engagement; contributing to broad enterprise strategy with a One Wells Fargo lens; and furthering the company's strong risk management culture by living the Expectations of Wells Fargo. This leader must be capable of initiating action and managing change. The position requires a leader with strong relationship management, influencing, vision, and execution skills. A key differentiator will be the ability to understand and operate successfully in a complex, heavily matrixed corporate environment. The role requires a sense of urgency, passion for excellence and results, and personal accountability for achievement and outcomes.

Required Qualifications


  • 8+ years of Law experience, or equivalent experience demonstrated through one or a combination of the following: work experience, training, military experience, education
  • 4+ years of management experience
  • Active State Bar membership or the equivalent in a country outside the United States

Desired Qualifications


  • Extensive subject matter expertise in the trust, estates, and fiduciary or lending or deposits areas of the law with emphasis on (i) issues involving claims of breach of trust in trust administration and/or investment responsibilities and a working knowledge of various uniform laws that inform trust and estates state legislation; or (ii) issues related to lending to affluent and high net worth individuals and related deposit issues.
  • Significant experience representing large, matrixed organizations providing general legal advice and support in connection with risk and regulatory issues.
  • Strong executive presence and the ability to earn the trust and confidence of senior business leaders.
  • Experience with and having a command of litigation processes, risk, and strategy considerations.
  • Ability to monitor litigation trends, legal developments, and legislative changes impacting personal trust and wealth management banking.
  • Supervise and oversee the handling and monitoring of systemic and non-systemic issues that pose legal, regulatory, and reputational risk to the bank.
  • Identify and escalate risks posed to Wells Fargo, including legal, regulatory, and reputational.
  • Advise on regulatory compliance issues and participate in regulatory inquiries, exams, and audits.
  • Proven ability to communicate and work effectively with federal and state regulators.
  • Experience leading and managing a team of managers, attorneys, and paralegals with staff representation across multiple geographic locations.
  • Creative analytical skills, with the proven ability to effectively and efficiently provide legally correct, practical, and actionable advice and support to fiduciary and investment management businesses, while considering broader legal and business perspectives.
  • Collaborate and partner with colleagues to provide expert, risk-focused, and timely support to clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and negotiate for positive business outcomes while effectively managing legal risk.
  • Following, and leading consistent application of and compliance with Legal Department and company policies and procedures, including Wells Fargo's Vision, Values & Goals and policies and procedures with respect to providing legal advice and managing outside counsel and legal expense.

Pay Range

$249,500.00 - $518,300.00


Wells Fargo provides all eligible full- and part-time employees with a comprehensive set of benefits designed to protect their physical and financial health and to help them make the most of their financial future. Visit Benefits - Wells Fargo Careers for an overview of the following benefit plans and programs offered to employees.

  • 401(k) Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Parental Leave
  • Critical Caregiving Leave
  • Discounts and Savings
  • Health Benefits
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Scholarships for dependent children
  • Adoption Reimbursement

Posting End Date:

31 Jul 2024

  • Job posting may come down early due to volume of applicants.

We Value Diversity

At Wells Fargo, we believe in diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace; accordingly, we welcome applications for employment from all qualified candidates, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, individuals with disabilities, pregnancy, marital status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

Employees support our focus on building strong customer relationships balanced with a strong risk mitigating and compliance-driven culture which firmly establishes those disciplines as critical to the success of our customers and company. They are accountable for execution of all applicable risk programs (Credit, Market, Financial Crimes, Operational, Regulatory Compliance), which includes effectively following and adhering to applicable Wells Fargo policies and procedures, appropriately fulfilling risk and compliance obligations, timely and effective escalation and remediation of issues, and making sound risk decisions. There is emphasis on proactive monitoring, governance, risk identification and escalation, as well as making sound risk decisions commensurate with the business unit's risk appetite and all risk and compliance program requirements.

Candidates applying to job openings posted in US: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected characteristic.

Applicants With Disabilities

To request a medical accommodation during the application or interview process, visit Disability Inclusion at Wells Fargo .

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Wells Fargo maintains a drug free workplace. Please see our Drug and Alcohol Policy to learn more.

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