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Head of Wealth Institutional Services Division (WISD) Litigation - Sr Counsel - 3DHTO in Buffalo, NY at M&T Bank

Date Posted: 5/5/2018

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Job Description

M&T Bank
Senior Counsel – Head of WISD Litigation
Locations: Buffalo, NY, NYC, NY or Wilmington, DE

The successful candidate will be located in (i) New York City or (i) Buffalo, New York, and will be the lead litigation support for the Wealth and Institutional Services Division (“WISD”) of M&T Bank Corporation and its affiliates (the “bank”), which provides personal trust, corporate trust, custodial, agency and similar services to customers.  The successful candidate will also provide litigation support for other business areas, as required.  In addition, the candidate will be responsible for managing another attorney and paralegal who will be responsible for, among other things, litigation operational matters, including handling requests and matters from the bank’s Legal Document Processing group, subpoenas, litigation holds, discovery and e-discovery.  More specifically, the successful candidate will assist in:

Essential Position Responsibilities:
Management of legal disputes, lawsuits and claims involving the bank.

Managing outside counsel’s handling of bank’s legal matters.

Providing advice to clients on mitigation of litigation and other legal risk.

Management of e-discovery, litigation holds and complex discovery, working with departmental paralegals.

Nature and Scope:
Management of various litigation matters involving the 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 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 10 years banking, commercial, and/or trust litigation experience or equivalent, preferably with larger regional firm and experience in handling matters in state and federal court.
Juris Doctorate degree as well as admission to New York Bar and/or another state bar within the bank’s footprint and admissions to a federal district court
Strong advocacy, negotiation, interpersonal, organizational, legal research and verbal/written communication skills
Ability to quickly apply abstract concepts of law
Ability to make quick, practical and innovative decisions to resolve problems
Ability to defend the bank from claims and to advocate their interests, while maintaining the highest reputation for honesty and integrity

Ideal Qualifications:
Experience with legal research systems (Lexis, Westlaw)
Trial, arbitration and mediation experience preferred
Familiarity with electronic legal billing systems and time recording systems is helpful
Proficiency with Court electronic filing systems
Knowledge of banking business



M&T Bank Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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M&T Bank Corporation has policies and procedures in place to promote a drug free workplace.