Principal Counsel, Appellate
Handle the complete life cycle of appellate matters within FINRA and on appeal to the SEC; provide expert knowledge to the National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) and Board of Directors on all appellate matters and related issues by advising them on factually and legally complex appellate matters.Essential Job Functions:Serves as attorney-advisor to the National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) in FINRA disciplinary proceedings, conducting a thorough review of all assigned cases to determine whether the findings and sanctions are supported by the law and relevant facts and providing high-quality legal advice and guidance to members of the NAC.In connection with NAC appeals, identifies and engages in appropriate legal research on substantive legal matters and procedural issues, counsels NAC Subcommittees, disposes of all pre-hearing matters, conducts appeal hearings, and drafts memoranda and proposed and final decisions.Defends NAC decisions that are appealed to the SEC, through motions practice and appellate briefs.In connection with Membership Appeals, identifies and engages in appropriate legal research on substantive legal matters and procedural issues, counsels hearing panels, disposes of all pre-hearing matters, conducts appeal hearings, and drafts memoranda and proposed and final decisions.Analyze the legal soundness of Hearing Panel decisions and default decisions.Recommend rulings on exemptive requests that are appealed to the NAC.Conduct legal research and make recommendations on questions of disciplinary policy.Education/Experience Requirements:Law degree from an accredited law school, admission to a bar, and a minimum of 4-6 years of relevant legal experience.Litigation experience and advanced working knowledge of rules, regulations and guidelines governing the securities industry.Excellent oral and written communication skills.Excellent interpersonal skillsWorking Conditions:Normal office conditions.Extended hours may be required.To be considered for this position, please submit an application.The information provided above has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work of the position. 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