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Vice President & Associate General Counsel

Posted Jun 03
Full Time
HybridBethesda, Maryland

We are Walker & Dunlop.  We are one of the largest providers of capital to the commercial real estate industry, enabling real estate owners and operators to bring their visions of communities — where people live, work, shop, and play — to life. We are committed to creating meaningful social, environmental, and economic change in our communities. We believe seeking diverse talent and promoting the inclusion of all perspectives are more than moral imperatives – they are critical to our success and ability to innovate and grow.

Department Overview 

The Legal department provides support for issues relating to laws and regulations, corporate policies, contracts, litigation, and more.  

The Impact You Will Have 

The Vice President & Associate General Counsel, who will report to the General Counsel, will provide legal counsel and advisory services, primarily focusing on corporate governance, federal securities laws, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). The attorney will advise on federal securities disclosures, ensure compliance with SEC rules, NYSE listing standards, Sarbanes-Oxley requirements, and other corporate governance regulations, as well as oversee M&A activities. This role is part of a lean legal team supporting various corporate functions. The ideal candidate must have substantial experience in corporate governance and securities disclosure and the ability to develop expertise in other legal areas, including corporate credit facilities and similar agreements.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Advise on federal securities disclosures and ensure compliance with SEC rules and regulations, NYSE listing standards, and Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd Frank Act requirements.

  • Provide counsel on corporate governance matters and best practices.

  • Oversee M&A transactions, including due diligence, negotiation, and integration.

  • Develop expertise in corporate credit facilities and related agreements.

  • Support various corporate functions with comprehensive legal guidance and stay updated on relevant legal and regulatory developments.

  • Provide senior management with effective advice on company strategies and their implementation.

  • Ensure the company conducts its business in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

  • Structure, draft, and negotiate agreements such as confidentiality agreements, joint venture agreements, vendor contracts, and loan agreements.

  • Develop and document corporate policies, procedures, and programs.

  • Oversee the work of outside counsel as necessary.

Education and Experience 

  • J.D. from an accredited law school.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of legal experience, and preferably at least two (2) years of in-house legal experience with public company reporting duties.

  • Extensive experience in SEC compliance, corporate governance, general securities, and M&A.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of public company reporting and compliance issues.

  • Experience in corporate governance and structuring, negotiating, and drafting commercial contracts.

  • Superior business acumen with the ability to balance legal issues with business objectives.

  • Effective communication skills with a variety of contacts, including outside attorneys, senior management, the board of directors, and business associates.

  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and business partnering skills.

  • High standards of integrity and good judgment.

  • Ability to show ownership of work, take on challenges, acknowledge growth opportunities, and demonstrate patience when learning new processes.

  • Courtesy, respect, and thoughtfulness in teaming with colleagues and other stakeholders.

What We Offer  

  • The opportunity to join one of Fortune Magazine’s Great Places to Work winners from 2015-2023 

  • Comprehensive benefit options* that have earned Walker & Dunlop the silver level of the 2022 Cigna Healthy Workforce Designation™, some of which include:
      - Up to 83% subsidized medical payroll deductions
      - Competitive dental and vision benefits
      - 401(k) + match
      - Pre-tax transit and commuting benefits
      - A robust health and wellness program – earn cash rewards and gain access to resources that
        promote health, engagement, and balance
      - Paid maternity and parental leave, as well as other family paid leave programs
      - Company-paid life, short and long-term disability insurance
      - Health Savings Account and Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending 

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with employee resource groups organizing activities and providing a space for open communication 

  • Career development opportunities 

  • Empowerment and encouragement to give back – volunteer hours and donation matching 

 *Eligibility may vary based on average number of hours worked 

EEO Statement

We are committed to equity in all steps of the recruitment and employment experience. We believe in equal access to opportunities in our workplace.  We do not tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on any characteristic protected by applicable law, such as race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, sex, age, disability, veteran or military status, and genetic information.  We strive to be a safe place to ask questions, build professional relationships, and develop careers.

Please be wary of recruitment scams. An indication of a scam might be a request for sensitive or bank information at the time of application or emails coming from a non email address. Please call us at 301.215.5500, if you have any concerns about information requested during or after the application process.

Fair Chance Hiring 

Background checks, including any questions related to infractions, arrests, or conviction records, will not be conducted until after a conditional offer of employment has been accepted. We will consider for employment qualified applicants regardless of arrest and conviction records, in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.