First Republic Bank

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Senior Counsel

Senior Counsel

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US-CA-San Francisco

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First Republic is an ultra-high-touch bank that provides extraordinary client service. We believe that one-on-one interactions build lasting relationships. We move quickly to serve our clients’ needs so that their financial transactions are handled with ease and efficiency. Client trust and security are paramount in our line of business. Ultimately, our goal is unsurpassed client satisfaction which will lead to personal referrals – our number one source of new business.


We recognize that our competitive advantage starts with our people and our culture. At First Republic, we work hard and move quickly as a very coordinated team. If you are looking for an opportunity to grow and contribute in a fun, fast-paced environment, First Republic is the place for you. We have exceptional people focused on providing extraordinary service.


The Senior Counsel will primarily be responsible for the day-to-day legal work on lending transactions for the Eagle Lending Department’s Professional Loan Programs, product development for Eagle Lending and other general banking issues and legal needs as they arise. The Senior Counsel will guide the execution of business plans and initiatives that support the Eagle Lending Department.  This is a key role within the bank’s legal department and the successful candidate will be tasked with supporting the institutions lending professionals.


  • Focus exclusively on providing legal advice and services to the Eagle Lending Department. Draft, negotiate, consult and advise both internally and externally on documentation for all Eagle Lending products in the business, consumer, and residential space, including Professional Loan Programs, in conformance with Loan Policy guidelines and as approved by the Executive Loan or Senior Credit Committees. Requires experience negotiating against top corporate law firms.
  • Assist the Eagle Lending Department to formulate, communicate, and implement strategic business plans to help the Eagle Lending Department function more efficiently. Translate creative concepts into actionable plans to meet the needs of the department. 
  • Advise Eagle Lending Department on regulatory requirements affecting new product development and state and federal laws generally for all existing products.
  • Implement and maintain written policies and procedures in each area of responsibility.
  • Meet deliverables to support internal audits, external audits, regulatory examinations, or any other oversight review.
  • Perform duties and responsibilities specific to department functions and activities or as assigned by supervisor.
  • Responsibilities include the following: 1) adhering to and complying with all applicable, federal and state laws, regulations and guidance, including those related to Anti-Money Laundering (i.e. Bank Secrecy Act, USA PATRIOT Act, etc.), 2) adhering to Bank policies and procedures, 3) completing required training, 4) identifying and reporting potential suspicious activity to the BSA/AML Officer, and 5) knowing and verifying the identity of any customer(s) that enters into a relationship with the Bank. 


Key Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Solid understanding of transactional processes and procedures.
  • Excellent analytical and negotiation skills.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and competing priorities.
  • Proactive individual able to operate efficiently in a fast paced environment.
  • Able to quickly forge effective working relationships with a variety of personalities.
  • Able to work independently without outside legal support.
  • Ability to succeed in a team-oriented work environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Excellent strategic planning skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in organization and strong attention to detail.
  • Provides extraordinary service.
  • Strong working knowledge of all aspects of MS Office.
  • Furthers the First Republic Bank culture and values.

Education, Experience, Training, or Certifications/Licenses:

  • Required: J.D. from a top law school and 5+ 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.     

Mental/Physical Requirements:

  • The ability to learn and comprehend basic instructions; understand the meanings of words and respond. effectively; and perform basic arithmetic accurately and quickly.
  • Vision must be sufficient to read data reports, manuals and computer screens.
  • Hearing must be sufficient to understand a conversation at a normal volume, including telephone calls and in person.
  • Speech must be coherent to clearly convey or exchange information, including the giving and receiving of assignments and/or directions.
  • Position involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.
  • Must be able to travel as position requires.
  • May be required to lift up to 25-50 lbs.


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