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Corporate Benefits & ERISA Counsel - 3DI42 in Buffalo, NY at M&T Bank

Date Posted: 7/20/2018

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Job Description

M&T Bank

Counsel – Corporate Benefits & ERISA Attorney

Buffalo, NY - preferred location

Wilmington, DE or NYC, NC - alternate locations


The successful candidate will be located in Buffalo, New York, Wilmington, DE or NYC, NY and will be supporting M&T Bank’s HR Division, primarily matters relating to development and administration of employee retirement and welfare benefit plans. 


More specifically, the successful candidate will assist in:


Serving as one of the legal advisors to the HR Division, including providing ongoing day-to-day legal advice and support for the Division’s Compensation and Benefits Department


 Drafting and reviewing qualified and non-qualified retirement and welfare benefit plans and all related documents


Negotiating and drafting agreements with third party administrators and benefit service providers


Advising the Division on applicability of federal and state benefit laws and regulations


Advising the Division on legal matters relating to compliance with applicable state and federal retirement and benefit laws and regulations such ERISA, state and federal tax, HIPAA, and ACA 


 Identifying, evaluating and escalating legal and regulatory risks affecting the Division; collaborating with HR to develop plans to mitigate such risks with a view towards the risk appetite of the corporation


Overseeing external counsel used to support the Division


Assisting with responses to regulatory inquiries and employee benefit claims, appeals, and litigation


Keeping senior management and other personnel up to date on pertinent legal and regulatory developments, including legal risks


Minimum Qualifications


J.D. degree required.  Licensed to practice law in New York (or ability to obtain an in-house counsel license in New York).   


Minimum of 4 plus years of relevant experience  


Ability to handle multiple tasks, take on new responsibilities, and prioritize work in a deadline-intensive environment; experience in leading and facilitating change


Experience advising on employee retirement and benefit laws and regulations such ERISA, state and federal tax, HIPAA, and ACA 


Experience identifying, evaluating and escalating legal risk issues


Strong communication skills to deal with internal and external constituencies, including senior business leaders; external counsel; regulatory officials; risk, compliance and audit counterparts at the organization; counterparts at other companies; and industry representatives


Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills and ability to influence through collaboration




M&T Bank Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
M&T Bank Corporation does not sponsor individuals for the purpose of obtaining H-1 Visas.
M&T Bank Corporation has policies and procedures in place to promote a drug free workplace.