Senior Counsel, Privacy and Data Protection, Wells Fargo, Charlotte, NC; Minneapolis, MN; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

Wells Fargo Law Department

The Wells Fargo Law Department strives to offer services in accordance with the highest standards of judgment, integrity and ethical leadership.

The Law Department partners with clients to find solutions that best serve customers and contribute to the success of Wells Fargo.  It seeks to create a stimulating, diverse and collegial work environment in which team members collaborate effectively among themselves and with other groups throughout the company.

The Role

The successful candidate will:

  • Have extensive in-depth knowledge of, and experience analyzing and applying, federal, state, and global laws and corporate policies related to privacy, especially financial privacy
  • Have substantial experience drafting contacts, including:
    • structuring, negotiating and drafting contracts involving information security, privacy, and HIPAA matters
    • creating and maintaining contract templates and playbooks to mitigate legal and business risk in the substantive areas listed above, and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of legal contract support
    • building strong relationships with clients to ensure the contracting process generates positive client experiences and goodwill
  • Have knowledge of, and practical experience with, federal and state data breach notification laws and regulations
  • Have extensive knowledge and experience:
    • Analyzing and applying laws, regulations and corporate policies related to:
      • the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and its application to financial institutions,
      • privacy laws, including state privacy laws, and
      • FCC and FTC consumer privacy rules, including TCPA and UDAAP.
    • Assessing risk in telemarketing, email marketing, affiliate sharing, secondary use of consumer reports, credit scores, fraud scores, bankruptcy scores, and other model-based scores
  • Be proficient in supporting business groups in marketing campaigns, prescreened offers, affiliate sharing arrangements, cross-selling, joint marketing relationships, and advertising that use or collect personal consumer information
  • Be proficient with online and mobile privacy laws, and consumer notice and disclosure requirements
  • Be proficient with advising risk and compliance managers in the above areas, and supporting them in the development of practical operational processes that control risk and ensure compliance
  • Be skilled with gathering information in a fast-paced business environment, understanding business needs and goals, and working with intensity toward effective, practical, and timely legal solutions

This position will be located in any of the following cities:  Charlotte, NC; Minneapolis, MN; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA

Required Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience as a practicing attorney
  • Active State Bar membership

Desired Qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of research, counsel, and guidance on complex legal questions or inquiries.
  • Proven and proactive self-starter with a strong attention to detail and accuracy.  Effective organizational, multi-tasking, and prioritizing skills.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze legal issues and provide effective advice to clients on complex legal matters.  Understanding of reputational risk.
  • A problem solver who can rapidly assess situations and function independently with limited guidance, yet willing to take direction from other attorneys. 
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and deadlines.

 Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of recent and continuous relevant legal experience working in a financial services law department or in the financial services practice group of a law firm.
  • Excellent contract drafting skills, including substantial experience with contract provisions related to information security, privacy and HIPAA.
  • Extensive knowledge of financial privacy and credit reporting laws and standards.
  • General knowledge of consumer and commercial deposit and lending laws, payments system laws, ecommerce laws, and residential mortgage lending laws.
  • Experience providing guidance on privacy implications of new and emerging technologies, particularly technology related to mobile banking and mobile payments.
  • Comfortable working as part of a geographically diverse legal team and with geographically diverse clients.
  • Excellent presentation skills that gain the trust and confidence of clients, including senior business management, and other members of the Law Department.
  • Customer-oriented manner of interacting with coworkers.

Application Submission Information:

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