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Under general direction with a high level of autonomy, uses extensive knowledge and skills obtained through education and experience, to defend the firm as first chair trial attorney in a variety of disputes including sales practice claims, business disputes, breach of contract cases and related matters in arbitration before FINRA, and to manage litigation matters involving the organization and its subsidiaries. Influences strategic direction, develops tactical plans and completes complex assignments with substantial latitude for independent analysis. Provides comprehensive solutions to complex problems or needs. End results are evaluated for achieving goals and objectives. Extensive contact with internal customers, senior management and outside counsel is required to identify, research, analyze and resolves complex legal issues with significant impact.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Manages litigation matters involving the organization and its subsidiaries, as assigned by supervisor and keeps management apprised of developments.
Develops, prepares and presents case theories and strategies.
Works directly with outside counsel on large/complex litigation.
Provides advice, counsel and recommendations to senior management on corporate action to avoid future litigation.
Prepares and delivers written and oral presentations to senior management on legal issues.
Coaches and mentors others, including providing guidance and direction to a paralegal staff and junior attorneys.
Interprets, applies and recommends changes to organizational policies and procedures.
Reviews progress of assignments with supervisor.
Balances conflicting resource and priority demands.
Oversees the maintenance of case status reports.
Maintains currency in securities arbitration and litigation developments and best practices.
Operates standard office equipment and uses required software applications.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Advanced concepts, principles and practices of securities litigation, customer arbitration and general commercial litigation.
Advanced investment concepts, practices and procedures used in the securities industry.
Principles of banking and finance and securities industry operations.
Financial markets and products.
Litigation of cases as first chair trial attorney.
Developing, preparing and presenting case theories and strategies.
Preparing and delivering written and oral presentations to senior management on legal issues.
Operating standard office equipment and using required software applications, including XX.
Provide legal advice, counsel and recommendations to senior management on significant issues.
Balance conflicting resource and priority demands.
Partner with other functional areas to accomplish objectives.
Facilitate meetings, ensuring that all viewpoints, ideas and problems are addressed.
Gather information, identify linkages and trends and apply findings to assignments.
Read, interpret, analyze and apply complex legal information.
Interpret and apply policies and identify and recommend changes as appropriate.
Prioritize and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, dynamically changing environment.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Work independently as well as collaboratively within a team environment.
Handle stressful situations, a heavy diverse case load and provide a high level of customer service in a calm and professional manner.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships at all levels of the organization, including negotiating resources.
Educational/Previous Experience Requirements:
Juris Doctorate with excellent academic credentials and six or greater years of progressively responsible securities and commercial litigation experience, including state and federal court practice experience.
Any equivalent combination of experience, education, and/or training approved by Human Resources.
Membership in the Florida Bar. Admission to practice in other jurisdictions, including California or New York is desired.
Founded in 1962 and a public company since 1983, Raymond James is a Florida-based diversified holding company providing financial services to individuals, corporations and municipalities through its subsidiary companies engaged primarily in investment and financial planning, in addition to capital markets and asset management. The firm's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (RJF). Throug...h its three broker/dealer subsidiaries, Raymond James Financial has approximately 7,100 financial advisors serving in excess of 2.9 million client accounts in more than 2,800 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. Total client assets are approximately $604 billion.Raymond James has been recognized nationally for its community support and corporate philanthropy. The company has been ranked as one of the best in the country in customer service, as a great place to work and as a national leader in support of the arts.