Job Description

At Wells Fargo, we want to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. We’re looking for talented people who will put our customers at the center of everything we do. Join our diverse and inclusive team where you’ll feel valued and inspired to contribute your unique skills and experience. 

Help us build a better Wells Fargo. It all begins with outstanding talent. It all begins with you.

The Law Department supports the vision, values & goals of Wells Fargo by providing expert, creative, cost-effective, and timely advice and services to all Wells Fargo businesses and support functions. We operate in accordance with the highest standards of judgment, integrity, and ethical leadership to find creative solutions that best serve our customers, prudently manage risks, and contribute to Wells Fargo’s enterprise success.

This is a Senior Counsel position in the Corporate Regulatory Section of the Enterprise Risk, Regulatory & Audit Division of the Wells Fargo Legal Department.  Attorneys in the Section provide expert legal and technical advice regarding U.S. corporate-level bank and bank holding company laws and associated regulations and guidance. These include, for example, Federal Reserve Regulations K, O, W, Y and YY; National Bank Act powers and related OCC regulations; regulatory capital, leverage and liquidity rules; regulations covering the activities of designated systemically important banks; bank branching and other office establishment issues; federal preemption; anti-tying rules; and federal antitrust laws.

The advice and counsel provided by Section attorneys includes advice on regulatory and supervisory requirements and expectations; advice in connection with development of new or expanded products and services; and advice in connection with the development of policies, procedures, and training with regard to those laws and regulations, and associated topics with respect to which Section attorneys serve as subject matter experts.  Section attorneys provide advice to members of the Wells Fargo Legal Department and counsel to Business Groups and Enterprise Functions, including Corporate Risk and Wells Fargo Audit Services on laws and regulations and corporate risk and compliance policies, the Company’s risk management framework and related risk containment and mitigation efforts.  Other responsibilities include participating in industry trade association meetings; and preparing or assisting in the preparation of comment letters on proposed regulatory changes.

The position will be located in Charlotte, North Carolina; Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; New York, New York; or San Francisco, California.

Required Qualifications

  • 8+ years of experience as a practicing attorney; or 6+ years of experience as a practicing attorney and 2+ years of experience in one or a combination of the following areas: risk, compliance, contracts, government/regulatory, financial services, or technology
  • Active State Bar membership

Desired Qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of research, counsel, and guidance on complex legal questions or inquiries
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Effective organizational, multi tasking, and prioritizing skills
  • Ability to analyze legal issues in substantive law in area of practice and provide effective advice to clients on complex legal matters
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and deadlines

Other Desired Qualifications

  • It is expected that candidates for the position will have substantial experience in providing the type of advice, counsel and client advocacy described above to regulated financial institutions and their most senior business, risk and compliance executives
  • Prior in-house regulatory experience at a large financial firm or experience at a bank regulatory agency is preferred
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong collaborative working style
  • Experience as a recognized expert in complex field(s) of law, providing expert legal services to senior management and significant groups in highly complex legal field(s)
  • Ability to evaluate impacts based on changes in laws/regulations and develop company response
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Ability to motivate, communicate, delegate and enable confidence in others
  • Ability to take an active role in the education, mentoring and training of less experienced team members

Street Address

NC-Charlotte: 301 S College St – Charlotte, NC
IA-Des Moines: 800 Walnut St – Des Moines, IA
MN-Minneapolis: 90 S 7th St – Minneapolis, MN
DC-Washington: 1750 H St Nw – Washington, DC
NY-New York: 150 E 42nd St – New York, NY
CA-SF-South Of Market Area: 45 Fremont Street – San Francisco, CA


All offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.

Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women.

Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.


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