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Senior Counsel - Health Care Contracts

Date Posted: May 15, 2021

Location: New York, NY, US, 10166

Company: MetLife

Job Location: United States : New York : New York  Alternate Job Location : United States : Maryland : Baltimore  


Role Value Proposition: 

We are seeking a seasoned, accomplished and motivated attorney to join the company’s legal department.  Reporting to Versant Health’s General Counsel, the attorney will successfully collaborate with Versant Health’s executive team to develop, drive, and implement initiatives in support of Versant Health’s contracting needs.  The Senior Counsel will also be responsible for negotiating strategic customer contracts and provider contracts as well as providing practical legal advice on contracting matters. 



Key Responsibilities:

  • Draft and negotiate a variety of customer and provider agreements, including contracts with health plans, employers, and eye care professional participating provider agreements.
  • Prepare and update contract templates that seeks to meet business needs, protects the company, and comply with applicable laws.
  • Deliver practical, business-oriented advice with a focus on meeting the Company’s goals in a legally compliant manner.
  • Act as a strategic partner on matters of importance to the Company by providing thoughtful, creative, and timely legal advice.
  • Provide guidance and training to junior attorneys and legal support staff in support of legal department’s goals.
  • Mentor and supervise junior attorneys.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:


  • Law degree (J.D. or equivalent) and bar admission required with a minimum of ten years of relevant legal experience, with at least 4 years of experience practicing with a national law firm and preferably with a strong record of in-house success.
  • Significant experience drafting and negotiating a broad range of contracts applicable to a managed care organization, including contracts with health plans and self-insured employers.
  • Experience with advising clients on healthcare or managed care matters.
  • Knowledge of federal and state managed care and insurance laws preferred.
  • Ability to handle complex legal matters with minimal oversight while escalating significant issues in a timely fashion.
  • Sound judgement, a high degree of professionalism, and an ability to prioritize and adhere to deadlines.
  • Communicates clearly, concisely and persuasively with a variety of internal stakeholders (corporate business partners, team members, functional colleagues, etc.), works collaboratively and builds effective partnerships.


  • Prior experience advising managed care companies.
  • Experience with process improvement in the design and implementation of contract lifecycle management.



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Business Category

Legal Affairs – U.S. Insurance Law


Number of Openings



At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.” 


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 $651 billion of total assets under management as of September 30, 2020. We are ranked #48 on the Fortune 500 list for 2020. In 2019, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fourth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven 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.


Nearest Major Market: New York City