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Counsel - Employment Counseling & Litigation Section

About this role:

Wells Fargo is seeking a Counsel to join the Employment Counseling & Litigation Section in the Employment Division of the Wells Fargo Legal Department.  The individual selected will join a team of attorneys responsible for handling employment-related legal issues for the company and its subsidiaries, including managing administrative agency claims, threatened litigation, litigation, and outside counsel relationships; providing advice, counsel and risk management training to business line management and Human Resources; developing and drafting policies, plans, agreements and contracts; and working on reports and projects as may be needed.  For additional information on this line of business, refer to the external Careers Site at Wellsfargo.com/career.

In this role, you will:

  • Participate in complex initiatives and identify opportunity for process improvements
  • Represent the Company in complex litigation, negotiations, settlement discussions, and claims related legal issues
  • Provide guidance to internal clients on legal matters
  • Review and analyze assignments or challenges that require research, evaluation, and selection of alternatives, and exercise independent judgment to guide risk deliverables
  • Manage complex claims and litigation
  • Participate in initiatives of varying scope and complexity
  • Support the work of more experienced counsel along with professional staff on complex matters or may consult with more experienced counsel and outside counsel on complex matters
  • Present recommendations for complex situations and exercise independent judgment while developing expertise in policies, procedures an compliance requirements
  • Provide leadership and direction for certain complex functions worldwide
  • Advise on the impact of policy, legal, and regulatory changes
  • Provide guidance to less experienced counsel or paralegals
  • Develop the strategic direction for certain claims functions and management of related policies, procedures and controls to mitigate risk
  • Collaborate with functional colleagues, internal partners and stakeholders
  • Partner with business leaders and management of other corporate departments to develop and implement risk management programs

Required Qualifications:

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

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and extensive experience with state and federal employment laws and regulations
  • Knowledge and experience with handling employment law matters in litigation and the administrative agency process
  • Assume responsibility quickly and have the ability to work in a complex environment requiring a high degree of collaboration
  • Ability to analyze employment law and regulatory issues and provide effective advice to clients on complex employment legal matters
  • In house legal experience
  • Experience providing counsel and guidance regarding complex employment law issues
  • Experience with management-side labor law, including organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, and labor-relations lawsuits, charges, arbitration hearings and administrative proceedings
  • Experience with FINRA matters, including providing counsel and guidance regarding complex employment law issues involving employees who are licensed through FINRA and experience handling arbitration of employment claims before FINRA
  • Experience handling employment litigation, administrative issues, and arbitration of employment claims before AAA, JAMS, or other arbitration forums
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to effectively organize and prioritize work while handling matters of significance
  • Ability to work effectively in a complex environment with a high degree of collaboration
  • Effective in building partnerships, functioning well with project teams, and working for the success of the team

Job Expectations:

  • Position will require onsite presence from any of the required locations listed below
  • This position is not eligible for Visa sponsorship
  • Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

Pay Range

Reflected is the base pay range offered for this position. Pay may vary depending on factors including but not limited to achievements, skills, experience, or work location. The range listed is just one component of the compensation package offered to candidates.

$96,600.00 - $188,900.00


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:

30 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.

Wells Fargo Recruitment and Hiring Requirements:

a. Third-Party recordings are prohibited unless authorized by Wells Fargo.

b. Wells Fargo requires you to directly represent your own experiences during the recruiting and hiring process.

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