Job Description

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,950 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 37 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 262,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.


Wells Fargo Legal Department

The Legal 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.


The Role

The Managing Counsel will lead a team of lawyers and paralegals that support the Wealth Investment Management Litigation section.  Primarily, this team will provide support to Wells Fargo Advisors (WFA) which provides investment advice and guidance to clients throughout more than 14,000 Financial Advisors and Licensed Bankers in retail branches across the U.S. 


  • Lead the Team to provide expert, creative, timely and consistent legal support for the administration of the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, promissory note actions before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, handle intra-industry disputes and privacy concerns.
  • Work with other leaders and subject matter experts in the Legal Department to advance and coordinate effective legal support for business, Company and Department goals.
  • Serve as a legal advisor to senior executives and senior leaders of WFA, providing legal, strategic planning and risk management advice.
  • Serve as a contributing member of various committees and working groups, delegating as appropriate
  • Follow and ensure consistent application of Company and Department policies and procedures, including the management of outside counsel.
  • Participate as a member of the Wealth Investment Management Litigation leadership team.


The Candidate


The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in managing teams of legal professionals and substantial experience providing advice to senior business leaders. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated ability to set a strategic vision and to execute on that vision.  All candidates must possess strong verbal and written communications skills; interpersonal skills; excellent organizational skills; superior judgment and attention to detail; flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and deadlines and an ability to evaluate impacts based upon changes in laws/regulations and develop strategic Company responses.


As a Team Member Manager, you are expected to achieve success by leading yourself, your team, and the business. Specifically you will:


  • Lead your team with integrity and create an environment where your team members feel included, valued, and supported to do work that energizes them.
  • Accomplish management responsibilities, which include sourcing and hiring talented team members, providing ongoing coaching and feedback, recognizing and developing team members, identifying and managing risks, and completing daily management tasks.

Required Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience as a practicing attorney; or 8+ 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
  • 1+ year of leadership experience

Desired Qualifications

  • Business development experience including development and execution of business vision, strategies, and goals
  • Leadership and management experience for team of attorneys and staff with a section or legal specialty including developing virtual staff and managing a budget
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships within and across business lines at all levels of the organization
  • Effective organizational, multi tasking, and prioritizing skills
  • Ability to make complex decisions

Other Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated legal background in managing litigation and arbitration concerning broker dealers, associated persons and customer sales practice issues
  • Experience as a practicing attorney managing litigation with a major law firm, SRO or in-house law department
  • Experience interacting with and presenting to senior executive legal and business management, regulators or other internal or external stakeholders
  • Experience managing and developing teams across diverse geographic areas
  • Experience leading a team or cross-functional group in significant tasks or projects
  • Experience interacting with and presenting to senior executive legal and business management, regulators or other internal or external stakeholders
  • Enterprise-level experience supporting corporate regulatory and corporate risk issues, and working with broad and executive –level committees
  • Ability to:

    • Lead and manage teams, projects, and work across multiple geographic locations
    • Positively and effectively lead and motivate the team to prioritize work, meet deadlines, achieve goals, and work effectively, efficiently, and with intensity in a dynamic and complex environment
    • Develop and maintain effective relationships within and across business lines at all levels of the organization
    • Exercise good judgment and make critical decisions under pressure.
    • Manage a budget
    • Adapt to and support change in a dynamic work environment
    • Inspire, motivate, and lead by example


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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