What do they do?


Provide legal advice and support to ensure the legality of commercial transactions, using knowledge of statutory law and regulations passed by government agencies to help their clients achieve their goals within the bounds of the law. Insurance companies also employ trial attorneys, who represent the organization in legal matters, performing the legal research needed to prepare and try cases in courts or agencies. 

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Some typical job duties include:

  • Act as a regulatory and compliance resource, identifying and analyzing compliance risks based on relevant federal and state laws
  • Support the business in the development and implementation of policies and procedures to manage and mitigate compliance risk.
  • Perform legal research, analysis, and advising on issues like proposed new products, merger and acquisitions, safeguarding intellectual property, financial formation, offerings, and compliance issues.
  • Represent the organization in trials or hearings before courts or agencies, including appeals and arbitrations. 

Most Important Occupational Skills:

Basic Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking

Technical Skills

  • Operations Analysis 
  • Operation Monitoring

Social Skills

  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Social Perceptiveness

 Systems Skills

  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation

Problem Solving Skills

  • Complex Problem Solving 

Resource Management Skills

  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Management of Financial Resources

Just the Facts

  • Salary range: $65,000-$200,000
  • Education and Professional Requirements: Entry — Law degree; Senior Attorney - Law degree, multiple years related work experience; General Counsel - Law degree, Many years related work experience
  • Possible career path: Attorney > Senior Attorney > General Counsel

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