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Commercial Litigation Counsel in Buffalo, NY at M&T Bank

Date Posted: 11/10/2018

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Job Description

M&T Bank
Commercial Litigation Counsel
Location: Buffalo, NY

Basic Function:
Provide legal advice, guidance and support to mitigate M&T Bank’s exposure arising from pending and threatened litigation. This person will sit in Buffalo, NY

Essential Position Responsibilities:
Management of legal disputes, lawsuits and claims involving the company.
Managing outside counsel’s handling of the company’s legal matters.
Providing advice to clients on mitigation of litigation and other legal risk.
Management of e-discovery, litigation holds and complex discovery, under the supervision of Senior Legal Counsel and working with departmental paralegals.

Nature and Scope:
Management of various litigation matters involving M&T Bank.
Advising clients on a variety of legal issues across a broad range of business departments, including matters that may be complex and/or may present substantial risk to the company.
Be a trusted advisor to the business by ensuring that legal support and advice is provided in a cost-effective manner and meets the needs of the relevant business department.
Provide support and guidance to business departments regarding litigation and other legal risks.
Manage risk and implement policies and procedures of Legal Department.
Conduct internal investigations.

Provide legal advice to various business lines or area.
Proactively communicate with clients and provide updates on material legal developments and their implications.
Ensure senior legal management is fully briefed on issues arising in relevant business area and legislative changes in area of expertise/specialty.
Manage outside attorneys.

Management of Risk:
Ensure compliance, operational risk controls, in accordance with M&T Bank or regulatory standards and policies.
Optimize relations with regulators by addressing any issues.
Promote an environment that supports diversity and reflects the M&T Bank brand.
Identification and management of legal risk.

Minimum Qualifications:
Minimum of 4 years commercial litigation experience or equivalent, preferably with larger regional firm and experience in handling matters in Supreme Court, Commercial Division
Juris Doctorate degree as well as admission to New York Bar and/or another state bar within M&T Bank’s footprint and admissions to a federal district court
Strong advocacy, negotiation, interpersonal, organizational, legal research and verbal/written communication skills
Trial, arbitration and mediation experience preferred
Ability to quickly apply abstract concepts of law
Ability to make quick, practical and innovative decisions to resolve problems
Ability to defend the Company and affiliates from claims and to advocate their interests, while maintaining the highest reputation for honest and integrity

Ideal Qualifications:
Proficiency with personal computers and software packages
Significant experience with legal research systems (Lexis, Westlaw)
Familiarity with electronic legal billing systems and time recording systems is helpful
Proficiency with Court electronic filing systems
Knowledge of banking or mortgage business is a plus, but not required

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.