Government Relations Counsel

Albany, NY
Full Time
Practice Areas: Insurance Regulatory Job #: 2000046M Exp.: 7+ Years
The Government Relations team within the Regulatory Affairs Practice Group is looking for an experienced attorney with strong networking skills. Open to considering candidates in both New York City, NY and Albany, NY. Albany candidates, please note this role would require periodic trips to New York City campus location.

Responsibilities include:
  • Representing the company before state and federal regulators as well as in state and national trade organizations, and liaising with business partners regarding legislative and/or regulatory issues
  • Providing legal counsel on insurance regulatory matters and pending legislation at both the state and federal level, and developing and executing advocacy strategies to drive favorable outcomes for the Company
  • Responding to regulatory inquiries, including reviewing relevant state and federal laws and regulations and managing internal and external resources as appropriate

Department Description:
The Regulatory Affairs practice group is responsible for providing counsel on state insurance and reinsurance legal issues impacting the insurance products offered by the Company. The practice group includes the government relations team as well as a team of state insurance attorneys.

Areas of responsibility concerning the Company’s insurance products include:
  • Legal counsel on insurance regulatory matters related to product design, implementation, and administration.
  • Provision of legal advice with respect to reinsurance and insurance company separate account matters, as well as review of sales and marketing materials and initiatives.

The Government Relations team is responsible for:
  • Serving as the primary point of contact with Federal and state regulators for Equitable and its insurance companies, including representation of the Company before state insurance departments and other regulatory bodies
  • Representing the Company within industry trade organizations with respect to issues affecting the life insurance industry in general, as well as managing the Company’s relationships with such organizations

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree and JD
  • 7+ years of legal experience, with at least 5 years of Insurance Regulatory experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prior employment with a state insurance regulator strongly preferred
  • Outstanding interpersonal and networking skills
  • Strong ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Strong results orientation – able to meet frequent and time-sensitive deadlines required by state or federal regulators
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills and ability to both “think on your feet” and think creatively
  • Professional, energetic, team-player with outgoing personality and positive attitude and outlook
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines while handling multiple tasks with minimal supervision
  • Strong sense of ownership of tasks and responsibilities
  • Strong attention to detail

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