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The Department of Financial Services is seeking candidates to fill the position of General Counsel, Department of Financial Services in its Executive Office. The incumbent of this position serves as General Counsel to the Superintendent of Financial Services and to the Department. This individual directs the activities of the Department’s Office of General Counsel. The incumbent renders opinions and advises the Superintendent in such areas as bank mergers; demutualization and other corporate transactions; Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Law; financial fraud and consumer services; the Department’s supervision of troubled institutions; and all other matters of law.
The General Counsel consults frequently with other Departments of the State and Federal governments, representatives of industry, legislators, and with the professional staff of the Department of Financial Services.
This position requires regular travel to Albany and other travel as needed.
Formal qualifications are not filed for this position. However, the following may be considered minimally acceptable: Admission to the Bar of the State of New York and at least ten (10) years of extensive and progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, a substantial portion of which must have been in the field of banking, financial services, corporate or regulatory law at a level appropriate to the General Counsel, Department of Financial Services position, i.e., at or near the executive level.
This is an appointment to a position in the exempt jurisdictional class. As such, the incumbent of this position would serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.
New York State is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
About NYS Department of Financial Services
About Us: The Department of Financial Services supervises and regulates the activities of approximately 1,500 banking and other financial institutions with assets totaling more than $2.6 trillion and more than 1,400 insurance companies with assets of more than $4.7 trillion. They include more than 130 life insurance companies, 1,300 property/casualty insurance companies, about 100 health insurers and managed care organizations, and 300,000 individual insurance licensees, 122 state-chartered banks, 80 foreign branches, 10 foreign agencies, 14 credit unions, 13 credit rating agencies, nearly 400 licensed financial services companies, and more than 9,600 mortgage loan originators and servicers.
Mission: To reform the regulation of financial services in New York to keep pace with the rapid and dynamic evolution of these industries, to guard against financial crises and to protect consumers and markets from fraud.