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Associate Counsel

Five Star Bank
January 6, 2022
Williamsville, NY
Job Type


Reports To (Title): Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Department: Office of General Counsel
FLSA Status: Exempt

Purpose: The Associate Counsel will assist attorneys in the Office of General Counsel and external counsel deliver legal advice on company matters, with particular focus on retail banking, corporate (financial disclosures, ESG, and corporate development), governance, and contract matters.

Scope and Direction:
Area of Responsibility: Legal guidance to Five Star Bank, and its parent and affiliates

Degree of Supervision Received (Minimal, Moderate or Extensive): Extensive
• From (Title): Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary and Corporate Counsel

Degree of Supervision Given (None, Minimal, Moderate or Extensive): None

Essential Functions: The major duties of the job that constitute the fundamental tasks and or responsibilities of the position. Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

1. Support governance and legal entity management, including coordinating financial and SEC disclosures with the Finance Department and external counsel, drafting proxy materials, assisting in the preparation of Board and Board Committee agendas, meeting materials, and meeting minutes, and supporting workflows and initiatives of the Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee.

2. Work with cross-functional leaders to support the implementation and administration of the company’s Environmental-Social-Governance Program.

3. Support the delivery of contract advice and guidance to Vendor Management and Facilities by preparing, reviewing and interpreting agreements and contract terms.

4. Assist with litigation management, coordinate with and oversee the work of outside counsel, handle legal holds, maintain an up to date litigation log and outside counsel list, and draft responses to third party claim related inquiries (audit and company regulators).

5. Conduct legal research and analysis and provide advice on routine matters impacting the organization, including deposit and operations questions related to banking relationships.

6. Demonstrate the standards and principles of the Five Star experience in every interaction with internal and external customers, associates, and stakeholders. Incorporate the high-performance behaviors of teamwork, leading by example, and service in every facet of work.

7. This job description is not exhaustive. The Associate Counsel may be required to perform other duties as assigned by members of the Office of General Counsel.

Job-Related Qualifications - Education and Prior Experience:
• Juris Doctor Degree
• 1+ Years Experience - Type: Delivering legal advice on corporate matters

• Juris Doctor Degree, with undergraduate degree in Business
• 2+ Years Experience - Type: Delivering legal advice on governance, financial disclosure, or contract matters; prior experience working for a publicly traded financial institution

Licenses or Accreditation:
Required: Active license to practice law in New York State, in compliance with all licensing requirements

1. Ability to conduct thorough, reliable, and accurate legal research

2. Works collegially with general direction from another attorney or independently on routine matters and establishes good working relationships with internal clients and outside counsel.

3. Shows good judgment and analytical ability to identify legal issues and elevate as needed, and interpret and apply data and facts to legal requirements (e.g. laws or contracts) to deliver accurate and proactive legal advice

4. Good advocacy and negotiation skills

5. Good verbal, written, and organizational skills with the ability to interact positively with internal clients and third parties, manage multiple priorities and meet established deadlines

6. Computerized legal research skills, preferably Lexis

7. Strong computer skills, with proficiency in PowerPoint, and ability to convey complex and comprehensive information in concise and clear written reports and presentation decks.

8. Demonstrates high level of professionalism, ethics, and integrity, with proven ability to maintain a high degree of discretion and confidentiality, and commitment to deliver proactive and reliable legal services.

Physical Requirements:
1. Able to regularly sit for prolonged periods of time

2. Occasional travel within corporate footprint

3. Extensive computer usage is required

To apply, please visit our company website or click this link. Five Star Bank and affiliate companies are committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. We recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles and ensure that all other personnel actions are administered without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. Five Star Bank and affiliate companies are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to employees and applicants with disabilities to the full extent required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you feel you need a reasonable accommodation pursuant to the ADA, you are encouraged to contact us at (585) 786-4344, (585) 498 - 7565 or (585) 786-1417.

Note: At a later stage in the application process, applicants may be required to provide information about their criminal conviction history, if any, and to authorize the procurement of a consumer report that will contain, among other things, information about criminal conviction history. Except as required by applicable law, past criminal convictions will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment, and Five Star Bank will only consider such history in accordance with applicable law. Please be advised, however, that federal law prohibits Five Star Bank from employing “any person who has been convicted of any criminal offense involving dishonesty or a breach of trust or money laundering, or has agreed to enter into a pretrial diversion or similar program in connection with a prosecution for such offense” unless the FDIC has provided prior written consent.