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Senior Counsel

Date Posted: Jan 7, 2022

Location: Cleveland, OH, US, 44114 New York, NY, US, 10166

Company: MetLife

Role Value Proposition: 


In Legal Affairs, we strive to attract, develop, and retain diverse talent with the potential to be future leaders of our department and of MetLife as a whole. We seek legal professionals who demonstrate high intellectual capacity to understand the complex matters facing our company and strong leadership competencies to motivate and inspire higher performance by all our professionals. We take an active role in developing the skills of our talent and in guiding their professional growth. By promoting skill development and career advancement for our professionals, we are better positioned to serve our internal business partners and to help achieve MetLife’s vision of becoming a world-class leader in the insurance, retirement savings, and employee benefits industries.


Key Responsibilities: 


MetLife is seeking a versatile and highly motivated attorney to join its legal plan, privacy, and healthcare savings account legal teams as Senior Counsel.  These legal teams are responsible for advising MetLife Legal Plans in all aspects of its business, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in its healthcare savings account line of business, and our U.S. Group Business in privacy law.  This role will report to the Assistant Vice President, Distribution and GEB Unit.


Interested candidates should have experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • The laws and regulations governing legal plans and health savings and spending accounts.
  • Federal and state privacy laws, including Gramm-Leach-Bliley, HIPAA, CCPA, CAN-SPAM and state do-not-solicit laws.
  • Handling potential personal data incidents, including advising business partners on regulatory notification obligations.
  • Reviewing and negotiating customer and vendor contracts, including privacy and data security agreements.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Providing timely and pragmatic advice and counsel to business clients in connection with legal plans and vendor contracts.
  • Analyzing and negotiating complex privacy agreements.
  • Managing external counsel and coordinating with other internal constituencies to ensure timely delivery of appropriate advice.
  • Advising on issues related to insurance company regulatory and governance issues.
  • Staying abreast of legal and regulatory developments and business trends impacting legal plans, privacy, and healthcare savings accounts and providing client training, as necessary.


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:



  • Juris Doctorate and excellent academic credentials from an ABA-accredited school.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience group benefits and/or privacy law, either with a law firm, insurance company or other financial services institution.  
  • Ability to explain privacy concepts to business partners.
  • Active license to practice law in at least one state and a member in good standing of the bar.
  • Ability and willingness to obtain a limited license if not already appropriately licensed in Ohio or New York.
  • A strong work ethic and customer-service mentality.
  • Demonstrated legal, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.



  • Experience reviewing and negotiating benefits contracts.
  • Ability to train junior associates and paraprofessionals.
  • An understanding of relevant state and federal laws and regulations impacting benefits providers.
  • Knowledge of insurance products a plus, particularly disability.


MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with $642.4 billion of total assets under management as of March 31, 2021. We are ranked #46 on the Fortune 500 list for 2021. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies. We are proud to have been named to Fortune magazine's 2021 list of the "World's Most Admired Companies." 


MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world.



We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  For further information about how to request a reasonable accommodation, please click on the Disability Accommodations link below.



MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.



Requisition #: 121911


Nearest Major Market: Cleveland