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Senior Corporate Counsel (ERISA)


in Remote / Washington DC

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Job Summary: Position primarily supports the institutional trustee and independent fiduciary services, institutional plan recordkeeping and administration lines, reporting to the company’s SVP – Legal Counsel.

Essential Functions Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Negotiates and drafts legal agreements, fiduciary reports and other documentation
  • Provides legal support to the client relations teams; and manages and resolves legal issues related to client engagements
  • Analyzes transactions for compliance with ERISA/other applicable fiduciary law
  • Supports business development activities as needed
  • Researches legal developments and trends affecting Newport Group and its business and assesses the impact, including drafting legal memoranda, articles, client alerts and white papers; work in collaboration with internal stakeholders to ensure compliance with applicable law
  • Performs other functions as assigned by the General Counsel or SVP – Legal Counsel in support of the company’s legal and risk management program
  • Builds consensus and collaboration, and adapts quickly to a changing work environment
  • Works well independently while under pressure in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with a high degree of responsiveness
  • Interacts effectively with all levels of management and staff
  • Regular, reliable and punctual attendance

Management Responsibilities

  • N/A

Required Education, Experience and Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • J.D. from an accredited US law school required; active bar license in good standing
  • Minimum of 8-10 years relevant experience (in-house experience a plus)
  • Extensive experience with ERISA and ERISA-related legal issues (e.g., Title I fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues, the Investment Advisers Act, trust law issues)

Preferred (but not required) education or skills for this role

  • Data privacy


  • Analytical
  • negotiation
  • collaborative
  • detail oriented
  • creativity
  • emotional intelligence
  • verbal and written communication
  • integrity
  • problem solver
  • personal credibility
  • independent

TRAVEL: Up to 10%.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

At Ascensus, we aspire to make a difference for others. We are a technology-enabled services company that helps people save for retirement, education, and healthcare through our network of institutional, financial advisor, and state partners. Our culture is guided by sound principles, is committed to high standards, operates with transparency, and welcomes diversity—housed within our Core Values: People Matter. Quality First. Integrity Always.®

As a leading independent recordkeeping services partner, retirement plan third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator, we aim to hire associates who find pride in going to work every day knowing that they help more than 12 million people save for what matters.


Ascensus provides equal employment opportunities to all associates and applicants for employment without regard to ancestry, race, color, religion, sex, (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, criminal conviction record or any other protected category in accordance with applicable federal, state, or local laws (“Protected Status”). 

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