Assistant General Counsel Salary
|Salary||$68,698 - $203,381|
|Bonus||$3,033 - $56,293|
|Profit Sharing||$990 - $34,521|
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|$69,249 - $243,690|
Job Description for Assistant General Counsel
An assistant general counsel ensures a company's compliance with relevant laws and regulations. They work closely with the business team to develop policies, practices, and guidelines concerning state, federal, and international compliance with laws and regulations. Their main focus is on laws and regulations that concern the company; for example, many insurance companies use general counsel, who are concerned mainly with insurance laws.Read More...
Assistant general counsels manage compliance programs, including business ethics, trading, information security, anti-corruption, date security, privacy policies, and other economic sanctions. They develop and review policies and practices, as well as manage regulations for the company such as form filings and rules. They manage dissemination within the company of information needed to maintain compliance with the law. Assistant general counsel also support legal initiatives and disseminate compliance information in claims, underwriting, and operations.
Assistant general counsels are required to have a law degree from an ABA-approved law school. They must possess working knowledge of state and federal regulations and be able to practice law in the state in which they become employed. They also need to have knowledge of international laws and practices and have some compliance experience relevant to their industry. Candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; they must also be self-driven and a self-starter, as most of the time they work alone.
Assistant General Counsel Tasks
- Provide assistance to office of General Counsel.
- Represent client's interests in transactions, affiliations, mergers, joint ventures, contracts and other business opportunities.
- Provide legal advice on legal and regulatory issues and federal and state laws and regulations.
Common Career Paths for Assistant General Counsel
Although some Assistant General Counsels become Deputy General Counsel, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $175K. An Associate General Counsel role is the most common promotion for Assistant General Counsels moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $136K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Assistant General Counsels is a General Counsel position, where earnings are usually $152K.
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Popular Skills for Assistant General Counsel
Assistant General Counsels seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Mergers and Acquisitions, Intellectual Property (IP), and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent, 20 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Legal Document Review as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Contract Management and Risk Management / Risk Control also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Contract Negotiation are similarly competent in Regulatory Compliance and Litigation Case Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Assistant General Counsel
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Assistant General Counsels with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $80K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $144K. On average, Assistant General Counsels make $186K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $198K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Assistant General Counsels, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 45 percent above the national average. Assistant General Counsels will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+32 percent), Dallas (+29 percent), New York (+26 percent), and Chicago (+18 percent). Assistant General Counsels in Austin report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 34 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (32 percent lower) and Washington (23 percent lower).
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