Sr. Legal Counsel

Legal Dallas, Texas


Job Family: Legal & Corporate Affairs

Responsible for addressing and mitigating client issues and concerns. Conducts data reporting and complex analyses to understand customer needs for the design and implementation of high quality and efficient operational service capabilities.

Job Function: Legal

Provides legal counsel and guidance to the company's and its various entities' management and boards of directors on strategies and solutions to potential, anticipated and/or identified legal, regulatory and/or compliance matters and issues of concern.  Advises management and various partners to help ensure operations comply with laws and other regulatory provisions and contractual obligations. Represents or oversees the company in transactions, legal proceedings, disputes, initiatives and various other matters. Drafts, reviews, negotiates, advises regarding and/or approves policies, procedures, contracts and related documents for business operations, regulatory compliance, procurement of goods and services, confidentiality of proprietary information, employment, leases of space and equipment and software licenses, and generally to support business operations and promote the company's objectives and interests

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Sr. Legal Counsel provides day-to-day leadership and advice to the lines of business and/or corporate functions.

Essential Functions:

  • Acts as legal/technical expert providing advice, insights and solutions to clients and consultants on applicable legal/technical and compliance issues affecting strategies, programs, plans (design and operations), and practices.
  • Analyzes key policy, legislative and legal developments and issues, and shares advice, insights and solutions with the business.
  • Researches relevant legal issues and technical and industry specific topics.
  • Reviews current developments in the area of legal/technical expertise, prepares complex technical analyses and develops advice, insights, and solutions.
  • Advise business regarding federal and state consumer lending laws and regulations, including TILA, UDAAP, FCRA, AML/BSA, fair lending and privacy.

Other Functions:

  • Acts as a subject matter expert (SME) while providing leadership, guidance, and mentorship to other team members.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Education -
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • or equivalent work experience
    • Other: Law / J.D. degree, and active license to practice law in at least one US jurisdiction.
  • Experience -
    • 9-12 years Experience practicing law in financial services, bank, or law firm.
  • Skills & Abilities -
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to provide sound, clear legal advice to senior executives and other senior leaders.
    • Expertise handling government and regulatory enforcement actions that involve civil and criminal inquiries directed at large corporations operating in highly regulated industries.
    • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
    • Desire and aptitude to work in a collaborative environment on a team of high-performing legal professionals.
    • Strong ability to identify and solve complex problems.
    • Ability to present information clearly and effectively in written and oral form.
    • Ability to develop strategy and tactics for complex, high profile matters.
    • Ability to build strong relationships internally and externally.
    • Ability to effectively, efficiently and calmly manage multiple time-sensitive projects.
    • Ability to articulate and relay information in an effective and efficient manner.
    • Strong sense of urgency with the ability to meet deadlines.
    • Ability to coach and guide others.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required.
    • Ability to define problems and collect relevant information.
    • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidential information.
    • Excellent drafting, negotiating and counseling skills.


  • Collaboration - Relationship Management:
    • Advanced - Leading and Guiding
      • Improves relationships between key individuals to achieve seamless cross-team work flow and positively impact results
      • Uses informal networks to gain support for ideas and projects

  • Collaboration - Teamwork:
    • Advanced - Leading and Guiding
      • Brings out the best in each team member by consistently motivating and acknowledging peer contributions
      • Understands and leverages team dynamics

  • Customer Focus - Customer Satisfaction:
    • Advanced - Leading and Guiding
      • Looks for creative approaches to providing or improving services that may increase efficiency and decrease cost
      • Applies customer feedback toward improving and innovating services

  • Customer Focus - Issue Ownership:
    • Advanced - Leading and Guiding
      • Takes responsibility for and deals effectively with complex and sensitive customer issues and complaints
      • Anticipates customer needs and proactively makes recommendations

  • Execution - Accountability:
    • Advanced - Leading and Guiding
      • Fully accountable for timeliness, completeness, quality of projects, processes, products and services
      • Remains calm and focused on goals while facing pressures, obstacles or short-term setbacks

  • Execution - Initiative:
    • Advanced - Leading and Guiding
      • Personally follows-up with others to check on progress, uncover problems, and identify areas where assistance is necessary
      • Takes initiative to act on new information and preemptively develops options and plans of actions

  • Influence - Two-way Communication:
    • Advanced - Leading and Guiding
      • Effectively conveys difficult or complex information in an easy to understand manner, by providing the big picture and illustrating important linkages
      • Asks open-ended questions that encourage others to give their points of view

  • Problem Solving - Problem Identification:
    • Advanced - Leading and Guiding
      • Reformulates the problem in different ways to evaluate it from different angles

  • Problem Solving - Solution Definition:
    • Advanced - Leading and Guiding
      • Persists in searching out the root causes of major problems rather than being satisfied with partial solutions or “quick fixes”
      • Brings new thinking, insights or technology to problem resolution

  • Risk Business Acumen - Industry Acumen:
    • Advanced - Leading and Guiding
      • Keeps up -to-date with external market events, pressures and regulations which may impact the organization and assesses whether similar issues exist in the organization
      • Can identify functional and organizational implications associated with major trends
      • Designs solutions to address industry activities that impact the organization

  • Risk Management - Risk and Compliance Adherence:
    • Advanced - Leading and Guiding
      • Ensures that all directs and colleagues have appropriate knowledge of risk and the regulatory environment
      • Investigates and identifies the root cause and corrects items deemed non-compliant, regardless of pressures from business or management


Working Conditions:

  • Frequently: Minimal physical effort such as sitting, standing, and walking.
  • Occasional moving and lifting of equipment and furniture is required to support onsite and offsite meeting setup and teardown.
  • Physically capable of lifting up to fifty pounds, able to bend, kneel, climb ladders.

Employer’s Rights:

  • This job description does not list all the duties of the job.  You may be asked by your supervisors or managers to perform other duties.  You will be evaluated in part based upon your performance of the tasks listed in this job description.
  • The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time.  This job description is not a contract for employment, and either you or the employer may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.

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To be considered eligible for internal posting, Santander employees must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Completion of at least one year of active service in Santander
  • Completion of at least twelve months in current position
  • Be in “Good Standing”   

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At Santander, we value and respect differences in our workforce and strive to increase the diversity of our teams. We encourage everyone to apply.