Director, Corporate Counsel (HYBRID)

Job Locations
US-CA-San Francisco


At First Republic, we care about our people. We offer extraordinary client service in private banking, private business banking, and private wealth management. Founded in 1985, we believe that personal connections are everything and our success is driven by the relationships we form with our colleagues and clients. You’ll always feel empowered and valued at First Republic. 


Incredible teams doing exceptional work, every day.


The Office of the General Counsel is a dedicated team that works proactively and cooperatively to support the business activities and cultural values of First Republic Bank, by sensibly, responsively and efficiently managing legal risks in accordance with the Bank’s safety and soundness objectives.  The Legal Team is committed to providing extra ordinary service that supports First Republic’s growing and diverse business objectives.


The Counsel will primarily be responsible for handling First Republic Bank’s corporate legal matters, including public company reporting and capital markets matters. Reporting to the SVP, Deputy General Counsel, the Counsel will also work closely with the Bank’s executive and management team on important strategic matters including Bank investments, investor relations and regulatory developments and assist the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel in providing corporate governance support to the Board of Directors and its committees. The Counsel will also build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders with significant exposure to the executive and management team. We are looking for someone with exceptional attention to detail, strong communication and analytical skills, and the intellectual curiosity and passionate to strive for continuous improvement.


What you’ll be doing as Counsel: 

  • Regulatory reporting, including drafting and/or review of Forms 10-K, 10-Q, proxy statements, 8-Ks and Section 16 reports, as well as stock exchange (NYSE) filings.
  • Capital markets and Bank investment transaction support.
  • Corporate governance support, including review and maintenance of certain corporate policies, charters and procedures.
  • Support of the Board of Directors and Corporate Secretary, including meeting content preparation, resolution drafting and maintenance of minutes.
  • Oversight of corporate entity management and filings.
  • Provide practical and sound legal advice and counsel in a variety of securities, compliance, corporate governance and transactional matters.
  • Stay abreast of emerging trends and developments in securities law, corporate law, and governance, and coordinating internal and external resources to provide education and training.
  • Assist with governance matters and investor relations activities, including formal and informal reporting on the Company’s narratives, progress and results across relevant environmental, social and governance (ESG) topic areas.
  • Support the continuous improvement of process and procedures.
  • Implement and maintain written procedures in each area of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties specific to department functions and/or supporting broader corporate needs as appropriate.


You could be a great fit if you have:

  • 4 to 8+ years of total experience, consisting of:
    • 3+ years in the corporate/securities/company representation group of a large law firm; and
    • 0 to 3+ years in-house at a publicly traded company, preferably in financial services or other highly regulated industries.
  • JD required. Must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of California or other State Bar with ability to become registered in-house counsel in California.
  • Knowledge of corporate law, securities law and SEC filing requirements and deadlines.
  • Excellent writer and strong communicator with the ability to communicate with internal and external partners at all levels and possess strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent analytical and negotiation skills.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.
  • Proactive individual able to operate efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Maintains confidentiality of information, exercises appropriate discretion, and uses information appropriately.
  • Works ethically and with high integrity aligned with First Republic culture and values.
  • Able to quickly forge effective working relationships with a variety of personalities.
  • Ability to succeed in a team-oriented work environment.
  • Excellent strategic planning skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in organization and strong attention to detail.
  • Able to handle both a wide range of matters and a high volume of matters with a focus on risk/reward and adding value.
  • Provides extraordinary service.
  • Furthers the First Republic Bank culture and values.
  • It is paramount that applicants for this role be willing to “roll up their sleeves” on the job and learn new subject areas and undertake tasks outside of their prior experience with enthusiasm and confidence.
  • Strong working knowledge of all aspects of MS Office.

Job Demands:

  • Must be able to review and analyze data reports and manuals; must be computer proficient.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively via telephone and in person.
  • Must be able to travel as position requires.

We believe that a diverse range of backgrounds and ideas has and will continue to be fundamental to the future success of First Republic. 


If you are curious to learn more about this opportunity, we'd love to hear from you.


Own your work and your career — apply now
Are you willing to go the extra mile because you love what you do and how you can contribute as a team? Do you want the freedom to grow and the opportunity to take charge of your own career? If so, then come join us.


We want hard working team players. You’ll have the independence to learn, lead and drive change. A culture of extraordinary service, empowerment and stability — that’s the First Republic way.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. The Company is an equal opportunity employer. In this regard, the Company makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities in order to enable them to perform all essential job functions, unless doing so creates an undue hardship.


First Republic is subject to federal laws that restrict the employment of individuals with certain types of criminal histories, including FDIA Section 19 and FINRA. To the extent not inconsistent with our obligations under those federal laws and regulations, First Republic will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles and San Francisco ban-the-box.




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