VP & Assistant General Counsel, Consumer Compliance (HYBRID)

Job Locations
US-CA-San Francisco | US-CA-San Francisco | US-CA-San Francisco


Founded in 1985, First Republic Bank (“FRB”) and its subsidiaries offer private banking, private business banking and private wealth management, including investment, trust and brokerage services. First Republic specializes in delivering exceptional, relationship-based service, with a solid commitment to responsiveness and action. Services are offered through preferred banking or wealth management offices located primarily in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Newport Beach, San Diego, Portland, Bellevue, Jackson, Palm Beach, Boston, Greenwich and New York City. First Republic offers a complete line of banking products for individuals and businesses, including deposit services as well consumer and commercial lending.


As of December 31, 2021, FRB had over $180 billion in total bank assets. The bank was ranked #45 out of the 100 largest publicly-traded banks and thrifts based on growth, credit quality and profitability by Forbes in “America’s Best Banks 2021”. First Republic Private Wealth Management was awarded “Best Firm Culture” by Private Asset Management magazine in the category for larger wealth management firms at the magazine’s 2021 awards. The PWM division received the same honor from the publication in 2020, and First Republic and its subsidiaries have received awards from Private Asset Management for the past 11 years. In 2020, the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) awarded First Republic with the Corporate Social Responsibility Award.


First Republic Bank is looking to hire a mid-level attorney to join the Legal Team as a Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Consumer Compliance, to be based in San Francisco, California. This Assistant General Counsel will join an existing legal team that supports all commercial, consumer and professional deposit and lending activity nationwide, and will also provide legal assistance on other matters as needed.


The successful candidate will help guide the execution of business plans and other initiatives that support compliance activities nationwide, with a focus on consumer compliance issues. S/he will guide the Bank’s consumer compliance activities in all of the Bank’s footprint jurisdictions, focusing on relevant federal and state regulatory and legal requirements. S/he will work closely with client-facing bankers and support teams to assist with marketing initiatives and will also interact with other Bank attorneys to assist on broader legal matters.


The Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Consumer Compliance will be responsible for:

  • Ten (10) plus years of related legal experience in-house, at another leading bank, or in private practice (or some combination thereof).
  • Experience advising on compliance with federal and state consumer lending, consumer protection, and/or privacy laws.
  • Expertise analyzing and drafting transactional and other legal documents.
  • An undergraduate degree and a JD from a top institution; licensed to practice law in California.
  • Providing legal advice and services to all aspects of the Bank’s consumer and business deposit-taking and related lines of business, including the Bank’s Preferred Banking Offices.
  • Drafting, consulting, and advising on documentation for consumer and business deposit activities, including seeking necessary approvals and ensuring compliance with all Bank policies and procedures.
  • Advising the Bank on regulatory requirements affecting the franchise, with a focus on consumer issues and lending, including UDAAP, ECOA (Regulation B), TILA/RESPA (Regulation Z), FCRA (Regulation V), HMDA (Regulation C), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Federal Reserve Act/Regulation D, CAN-SPAM, ESIGN Act, Bank Secrecy Act, USA PATRIOT Act, and other applicable state laws and regulations.
  • Advising the Bank on marketing compliance, particularly around consumer marketing, including account FTC rules, Truth in Savings (Regulation DD), UDAAP, TILA (Regulation Z), CAN-SPAM, ECOA (Regulation B), and other applicable state laws and regulations.
  • Ensuring the business line complies with all applicable state and federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
  • Assisting in the formulation, communication, and implementation of strategic business plans and other strategic and systems initiatives to help the business line function more efficiently.
  • Managing outside counsel and vendors as appropriate.
  • Producing deliverables to support internal and external audits, regulatory examinations, or any other oversight review in the set time frame.
  • Performing other duties specific to department functions and/or supporting broader corporate needs as appropriate.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Ten (10) years of related legal experience in-house, at another leading bank, or in private practice (or some combination thereof).
  • Strong experience in consumer regulations/issues, with an emphasis on lending products, and UDAAP.
  • Expertise analyzing, drafting, and negotiating transactional and other legal documents.
  • An undergraduate degree and a JD from a top institution; licensed to practice law in California.

Other highly valuable experience includes:

  • Familiarity with private banking offerings, including deposit and credit products and estate/trust law.
  • An understanding generally of banking laws and regulations.
  • Experience dealing with banking regulators (Fed, OCC, CFPB, and/or FDIC).
  • Strong leadership and business acumen, including the ability to adapt to change and drive business growth, conceptualizing and implementing strategic objectives, and navigating dynamic practice areas.



They will be:

  • Positive with a high EQ.
  • A relationship builder who can establish trust and credibility across the organization as well as with other key external constituents.
  • Highly collaborative and strategic; detail-oriented and hands-on in approach. Naturally assumes leadership roles.
  • A strong communicator with excellent writing and speaking skills - charismatic and confident presentation style in interactions with top bankers, executive management, and clients.
  • Able to handle both a wide range of matters and a high volume of matters with a focus on risk/reward and adding value. Willing to handle both high-level strategic initiatives and "in the weeds" day-to-day counseling responsibilities.
  • Independent and a self-starter. Not afraid to tackle new challenges and legal issues.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial in their approach to the practice of law.
  • A great team player.
  • Willing to travel periodically to other First Republic Bank regions (for example, New York, Boston, Portland, and Los Angeles) to build and maintain relationships.
  • Welcoming and accepting of FRB’s values: Do the Right Thing – Provide Extraordinary Service – Respect the Team – Take Responsibility – Think Positively – Move Forward, Move Fast – Grow – Have Fun.


First Republic is an equal opportunity employer. In this regard, we make 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.


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