Join a cutting-edge legal team protecting sophisticated financial services clients in enforcement, litigation, and regulatory matters. As an associate attorney, you will support litigation, federal and state investigations, corporate compliance and regulatory work. Your work will often involve legal issues that have never been decided before by the courts or any tribunal and entail “bet the company” style matters, including on issues that range from traditional retail bank products to FinTech developments. Dorsey is a trusted legal advisor and valued partner to our clients with locations across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Our prestigious banking practice dates back to more than a century and comprises over 250 attorneys.
Who You Are:
Dorsey & Whitney LLP is seeking a litigation associate with three to six years of experience to join the Trial Department in our Palo Alto office.
Specifically, we are looking for an experienced litigator who is searching for an opportunity to think creatively, coordinate multi-faceted work-streams in fact development and legal assessments, work in a fast-paced environment, and is motivated by working in a highly results-oriented (but not needlessly hierarchical) team. Client service is the driver of all we do, and we look to add a team member who shares a commitment to this core principle.
Namely, this associate will join a team of dedicated senior associates and partners in Dorsey’s growing Securities & Financial Services Litigation Practice Group serving as national litigation counsel to major banks, finance companies, retailers and high tech industry participants.
The associate will assist in a wide variety of litigation matters, including defending banks and non-depository institutions in consumer protection matters, with a focus on financial investigations and enforcement. The work includes title X of the Dodd-Frank Act, the enumerated consumer statutes enforced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, prudential regulators’ examinations and enforcement work, and state regulators’ enforcement matters or examinations. In addition, the work would include consumer class action litigation defense and policy work (involving Congress, rulemaking with agencies, or trade associations). This position would involve significant responsibility over pending cases and active enforcement defense work, including compliance with CID’s, negotiating requirements in meet-and-confers, drafting NORA responses, and working closely with clients on corporate counseling within the context of an active investigation. Specifically, this associate will handle the following types of tasks for complex litigation or enforcement matters:
Draft position papers, motions and briefs, modification proposal letters, and other significant work product critical to winning a case;
Organize and manage complex collections of business information, financial records, witness statements, interviews, and other documents;
Prepare for and assist in witness interviews of key fact and corporate designee witnesses in internal investigations, witness declarations, or investigational hearings;
Be familiar with and proficient in reading and analyzing consumer complaints, bank data, financial records, Congressional records and policy papers, and CFPB requests;
Exercise strategic and analytical skills and good judgment to undertake meaningful attorney assessments of complex legal issues under UDAAP, EFTA, ECOA, MLA, TILA, RESPA, TISA, FCRA, SCRA, and other consumer financial protection laws;
Draft pleadings, discovery, case assessments, budgets, and other key materials in litigation or investigations;
Familiarity with reviewing regulations and agency guidance as well as Congressional record and political materials; and
Perform other functions as necessary.
The following qualifications are required:
Three to six years of commercial litigation experience
Excellent research and writing skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills
Knowledge of e-discovery software and databases
Proven track record of managing teams of associates or associate attorneys or contract reviewers and ability to serve as a leader in the role required in any given case.
Strong academic performance
District of Columbia bar admission
The following qualifications are also desirable:
Experience with CFPB or state attorneys general work in consumer protection
Experience with FTC work
California and/or New York bar admission
Successful applicants will have a strong work ethic and deep commitment to client service and results; a high level of attention to detail; the ability to actively manage projects in a fast-moving, high pressure environment; the ability to manage internal customer relationship with an emphasis on prompt, respectful service; and the ability to see the “big picture” and strategy, in addition to completing discrete assignments. This position is ideal for someone with a passion to learn and contribute, and someone who thrives in a culture of problem-solving and continuous improvement.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, affectional preference, disability, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, military or veteran status, or any other legally-protected status.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Dorsey offers opportunities for advancement within a collaborative and dynamic environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits.
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About Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Clients have relied on the international law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP since 1912 as a trusted legal advisor and valued business partner. With locations across the United States as well as Canada, Europe and Asia, Dorsey provides an integrated, proactive approach to its clients' legal and business needs. Dorsey represents a number of the world's most successful companies from a wide range of industries, including leaders in the health care and life sciences industries. The Firm’s largest office is in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dorsey’s diverse client base includes more than one-third of Fortune 100 companies.
Dorsey is a leader in mergers and acquisitions work. Every year since 1994, Dorsey has ranked in the top 10 among all law firms for the number of U.S. M&A deals completed (Thomson Reuters). Dorsey is a leader in Canadian cross-border capital-markets and M&A transactions, as well as securities work on other international transactions including India, China and Hong Kong offerings. Dorsey’s Advocacy Group has over 300 lawyers licensed to practice before courts in 35 states and seven countries. Since 2008, Dorsey’s London tax litigation practice has been ranked in the top ...tier of Legal 500 and Chambers U.K.
The Firm was founded over 100 years ago at the request of a company that is still a valued client of the Firm. Dorsey’s distinguished alumni include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, noted law professor and scholar William Prosser and former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale. Recognized for its commitment to community, Dorsey has met the ABA Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge every year since the Challenge began in 1993 by devoting more than 3% of billable hours to pro bono work.