Director, Senior Counsel (Hybrid)

Job Locations
US-CA-San Francisco


At First Republic, we care about our people. Founded in 1985, we offer extraordinary client service in private banking, private business banking and private wealth management. 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 here. 


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


Director, Senior Counsel

The Senior Counsel would primarily be responsible for providing legal advice and support for the Bank’s rapidly expanding Professional Loan Program line of business, which finances individuals’ investments into private equity and venture capital funds and individuals’ equity interest purchases in other professional services firms, such as law, accounting and architecture firms.  The Senior Counsel will advise the business on Professional Loan Program loan documentation and product development and regulatory requirements that may affect Professional Loan Programs.  The Senior Counsel will also provide support for other general banking or lending issues and legal needs for the other products and lines of business, as well as the Bank generally as they arise. 


What you’ll do as a Senior Counsel:

  • Provide legal advice and services to the Professional Loan line of business in conformance with the Bank’s Lending Standards and as approved by the Executive Loan Committee, Senior Credit Committee or the Board of Directors.
  • Draft, consult, and advise (both internally and externally) on documentation for the PLP lending product including interacting with the Eagle Closing Department and opposing and outside legal counsel.
  • Negotiate unique, complex transactions and approaches “across the table” from top law firms.
  • Assist in the formulation, communication, and implementation of strategic business plans and other strategic and systems initiatives to help the business line function more efficiently.
  • Ensure the business line complies with all applicable state and federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
  • Advise and help guide the business teams and Executive Loan Committee on loan structuring, troubled loan, and workout scenarios.
  • Manage outside counsel and vendors as appropriate.
  • Produce deliverables to support internal and external audits, regulatory examinations, or any other oversight review in the set time frame.
  • Perform other duties specific to department functions and/or supporting broader corporate needs as appropriate.


You could be a great fit if you have:

    • Excellent analytical and verbal and written communication skills.
    • Solid understanding of transactional processes and procedures.
    • Proactively manage multiple and competing priorities.
    • Proven ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.
    • Operate efficiently and thrive in a fast-paced environment.
    • Ability 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.
    • Ability to handle both a wide range of matters and a high volume of matters with a focus on risk/reward and adding value.
    • Provide extraordinary service.
    • Embrace and further 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.


    What qualifications you must have:

    • Strong working knowledge of all aspects of MS Office.
    • Required: J.D. from a top law school and 5-10 years of transactional experience at large law firm or in-house in the banking, private equity, or investment firm industries.  
    • Preferred: Significant experience representing clients in lending transactions and negotiating lending agreements.   

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.
  • May be required to lift 25-50 lbs.


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.


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.


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 laws.


For New York City-based roles: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that, effective December 27, 2021, all private sector employers in New York City will be required to ensure that their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend work in the office. Reasonable Medical or Religious Accommodations may be requested if applicable to you. Please view New York’s Guidance on Accommodations for Workers for more information.


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