dcsimg

Career Story: Former Corporate Counsel For A Large Insurance Company

Former Corporate Counsel For A Large Insurance Company

Job Title: Attorney

Type of Company: Self-employed. My former company was a large insurance/ securities organization with salesmen across the country.

Education: BA, Art History, Tufts University •• JD, Suffolk School of Law (Boston, MA)

Previous Experience: I worked as an investment management assistant before law school. After law school I worked as corporate counsel at a large insurance and securities organization.

Job Tasks: As a corporate counsel at a large insurance company, I was primarily responsible for ensuring that our salesmen across the country were in compliance with the numerous state and federal insurance and securities laws that governed their conduct. I reviewed sales material to ensure they had adequate disclosures, for example. I also inspected regional offices to make sure offices were acting in compliance with the laws. I also drafted corporate contracts for several departments within the company. Finally, I was the primary liaison between the company and any state or federal regulatory board that requested information from the company.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of this job was working with corporate clients. As a corporate counsel, your client is the company and everything you do is meant to benefit the company. The hardest part of the job was trying to achieve what the department needed from me legally while balancing what was in the best interest of the company. For example, a salesman may want to tout a particular securities product, but he doesn't want to include the "fine print" that could undermine his sales pitch.

Job Tips: While in law school, do as many internships as you can, even if they are unpaid (if you can afford it.) Since I was interested in Securities Law, I interned at The Boston Stock Exchange, the Massachusetts Division of Insurance, and the SEC. If you identify a place where you'd love to get an internship, and it turns out they don't offer any, call up the person in charge of the department you are interested in -- not someone in Human Resources -- and offer to work for free.

Additional Thoughts: Since I live an hour outside Boston, I wish I had branched out in my career. Once I had a family, it was impossible for me to commute to Boston for a legal job and strike a balance with a healthy family life. My training did not lend itself to working outside a corporate environment and there are not that many corporations in the Boston suburbs.

Popular Schools offering Law School Programs

 
Results:  10
Matching School Ads

Which career path will you take – Business, Nursing, Education, Psychology? Something else? GCU offers more than 100 majors to get you started!

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Anaheim

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Technology changes everything®

You’ve found Ashford University, where school comes to you

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Start the next chapter of your life with an Associate or Bachelor degree from Miller-Motte College Online Division.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

You can get started on a new career with Institute of Technology.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.iot.edu/disclosure

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Clovis

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Founded in 1887, Benedictine University is dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students. Benedictine is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Riverside
Selected Programs:
  • Paralegal Diploma

Additional Career Stories for Lawyers

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Lawyers, including:

Back to Top