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The person chosen to fulfill this role will be responsible to the Head of Litigation (Senior Associate General Counsel), who is directly responsible to one of the Firm’s Deputy General Counsel.
COMPANY OVERVIEW: Edward Jones (the "Firm") is a Fortune 500 company with over 45,000 associates, more than seven million clients, and in excess of $1.2 trillion in client assets under management. We are headquartered in iconic St. Louis, Missouri, and we are one of the nation’s most client-centric providers of financial services to individual investors. Edward Jones is one of the only firms to serve exclusively individual investors.
Our clients' interests come first.
We value and place great emphasis on working in partnership; both internally and with our outside counsel.
Individuals and their respective contributions are valued and respected.
We believe in a quality-oriented, long-term investment philosophy.
LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES: Edward Jones' leaders are committed to personal awareness, individual professional development, and open communication, which enables all associates to think strategically, plan, organize, and execute to perform work in support of the Edward Jones client experience. Our leaders apply good judgment in a courageous way, and develop and inspire others, while building and nurturing collaborative relationships across the organization. They embrace and champion change and innovation. These competencies allow our results-driven leaders to deliver the right results, while putting our clients first.
ROLE SUMMARY: The individual selected for this role will enjoy the benefit of working for a well-established 97-year old Fortune 500 firm; but will also have the opportunity to be a key source of influence within the Firm by leveraging prior civil litigation skills and complex case experience to defend the Firm's interests and advise the Firm's key business stakeholders. The role will allow the successful candidate to be a thought leader within the Firm, and will afford the opportunity to work on a diverse set of legal issues across the spectrum of complex and class action litigation, employment matters, and arbitration of consumer and competitive industry matters. This individual selected will be responsible for demonstrating strong initiative with measured results in the following areas:
Manage litigation pending in court and before industry arbitration panels.
Conduct merits hearings/trials in industry arbitration.
Develop and implement strategy around and manage complex civil litigation and class actions.
Manage outside counsel in driving litigation strategy.
Formulate and execute effective strategies to reduce risk throughout the Firm by educating business partners about pending litigation matters.
Engage associates and leaders throughout the Firm to leverage their subject matter expertise in rendering advice and directing litigation.
Ultimately, this self-starting individual will be responsible for managing pending and ongoing litigation; developing and implementing litigation strategy across a variety of matters; and partnering with business leaders within the Firm to provide advice around emerging and ongoing initiatives, and in response to a frequently-changing regulatory environment.
At Edward Jones, we help clients achieve their serious, long-term financial goals by understanding their needs and implementing tailored solutions. To ensure a personal client experience, we have located our 14,000+ branch offices where our more than 7 million clients live and work. A typical branch office has one financial advisor who meets with clients face-to-face and one branch office administrator who enhances the team's ability to build deep relationships with clients. Headquarters associates in St. Louis and Tempe provide support and expertise to help U.S. and Canada branch teams deliver an ideal client experience. Edward Jones currently has more branch offices than any other financial services firm, and we continue to grow to meet the needs of long-term individual investors.
ABOUT EDWARD JONES:
At Edward Jones, our commitment to providing a workplace that both challenges us and rewards our associates has contributed to our consistent inclusion in the FORTUNE Magazine list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®” in America. For year 2019, Edward Jones is honored to be ranked at number seven, continuing our longtime inclusion in the top ten. The Firm was founded in 1922 by Edward D. Jones Sr. After working a rural territory in Missouri and Illinois, Ted Jones, the son of the founder, positioned the company in the increasingly competitive marketplace as a specialist in providing investment advice to individual investors. In the 1970s and 1980s the Firm realized that the appeal of Edward Jones was not based on geography. Rather, the Firm appeals to a certain kind of investor anywhere. Capitalizing on this realization, the Firm began expanding into metropolitan areas. Edward Jones now conducts the majority of its business in urban and suburban markets at over 14,000 locations in the United States and Canada. The Edward Jones philosophy is that service to the individual investor is of utmost importance. Its 17,500 financial advisors provide this personal brand of service by discussing clients’ individual investment needs on a one-on-one basis. Having cultivated a previously untapped market of investors, Edward Jones financial advisors provide financial solutions that include a broad mix of municipal, government and corporate bonds; mutual funds; common stocks; and tax-advantaged securities. Although the Firm’s size has increased, its business principles have remained the same. First, the Firm serves just one client: the serious, long-term individual investor. Second, the Firm’s investment philosophy emphasizes quality, and a well-balanced portfolio. Lastly, it believes personal relationships are key. Thus, the Edward Jones brand appeals to a careful and considerate kind of investor, who prefers a long-term relationship with his or her financial services Firm.
Edward Jones does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:KNOWLEDGE
The role requires an attorney with previous first or second chair trial experience.
It is crucial that the candidate is able to successfully partner with business stakeholders within the Firm to provide advice and build understanding around emerging and ongoing initiatives and in response to changing regulatory environments.
The successful candidate must demonstrate initiative, and have the ability to innovate and add value in a dynamic litigation and regulatory environment.
SKILLS & ABILITIES
Advanced experience handling and managing complex civil litigation is required.
Experience with representing financial industry clients in arbitration is strongly preferred.
Experience within the financial services industry, and knowledge of securities law, litigation, and FINRA arbitrations is preferred, but not required depending upon other relevant complex litigation accomplishments.
Familiarity with regulatory issues in the securities industry, including ones involving the SEC, FINRA, and state securities regulators will be particularly beneficial.
Demonstrated ability to independently analyze and resolve complex matters is required.
The ability to lead, delegate, and mentor with a desire to work well with others to achieve common goals is required.
The successful candidate must be highly organized, detail-oriented, resourceful, and adaptable to changing priorities.
Sound judgment, decision making, and conflict resolution skills are required.
The successful candidate must have the ability to be proactive and drive matters to conclusion.
The successful candidate must have the ability to think independently and strategically; and to execute tactically.
Excellent communication skills and decision-making ability are required.
Strong cross-function collaboration skills and ability to build legal understanding with business partners in order to achieve workable solutions is required.
Commitment to a high level of ethics, professionalism, and confidentiality is required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school.
License to practice law in Missouri, or a reciprocal state.
At least five years of progressive responsibility as a litigator in private practice, the public sector, or in an in-house counsel capacity.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 41759BR
About Edward Jones
At Edward Jones, we help clients achieve their serious, long-term financial goals by understanding their needs and implementing tailored solutions. To ensure a personal client experience, we have located our 14,000+ branch offices where our more than 7 million clients live and work.
A typical branch office has one financial advisor who meets with clients face-to-face and one branch office administrator who enhances the team's ability to build deep relationships with clients. Headquarters associates in St. Louis and Tempe provide support and expertise to help U.S. and Canada branch teams deliver an ideal client experience. Edward Jones currently has more branch offices than any other financial services firm, and we continue to grow to meet the needs of long-term individual investors.