Department: General Counsel

Location: Chicago, IL

Travel Requirements: N/A

Job ID:  336

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Description: The Paralegal will assist the Board and Legal Senior Manager with Executive Committee and Board of Directors duties as needed and provide legal and administrative assistance to attorneys in the General Counsel's office, primarily with their enforcement and registration caseload. The Paralegal will also maintain an assigned caseload of registration cases and perform other duties as needed.


  • Provide support as needed to the Board and Legal Senior Manager in the production of Executive Committee and Board materials by drafting and proofreading documents; posting Executive Committee and Board materials online; and assisting with the Board election process.
  • Support the General Counsel's office's registration, enforcement and other efforts by:
    • Drafting documents for attorney review;
    • Proofreading pleadings, memoranda and other documents;
    • Reviewing registration case documents, Commodity Exchange Act rules and CFTC regulations to recommend appropriate action for attorney review;
    • Coordinating document production, obtaining certified court documents and tracking quarterly reporting requirements for conditioned registrants;
    • Facilitating appointment of hearing panels, scheduling pre-hearing conferences, monitoring case deadlines, attending hearings and providing other support as needed;
    • Supporting various NFA Committees by preparing Committee meeting memoranda and reports, including assembling supporting materials, attending Committee meetings, and drafting meeting minutes and other documents for the NFA attorney who oversees each respective Committee, as needed;
    • Performing legal research using Westlaw and CCH and search court dockets; and
    • Updating and maintaining docketing system and public databases with accurate data.


  • College degree and a paralegal certificate from an ABA-approved paralegal program
  • At least five year(s) of prior work experience
  • Prior work experience in law, arbitration or a General Counsel's office setting in the financial services industry preferred
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills
  • Competency with technology tools and software; proficiency with Microsoft Office products, including Word and Excel
  • Proficiency in conducting legal research
  • Detail-oriented and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to recognize and anticipate procedural or legal issues and implement solutions
  • Professional, responsible and reliable
  • Ability to work independently, quickly learn new information and perform new tasks
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, use discretion and demonstrate sound judgment
  • Willingness to travel if needed

NFA is the industrywide, self-regulatory organization for the U.S. derivatives industry. NFA strives every day to safeguard the integrity of the derivatives markets, protect investors and ensure Members meet their regulatory responsibilities.


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