Senior Attorney

Department: General Counsel

Location: Chicago, IL

Travel Requirements: N/A

Job ID:  399

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When you join NFA as a Senior Attorney, you'll join a high-performing team of dedicated professionals responsible for supporting NFA's efforts to provide the most efficient and effective regulatory services possible.

Bring your analytical and innovative mindsets. Bring your ability to quickly learn and adapt. Bring a healthy skepticism and an eye for detail.

Beginning your first day and throughout your career, you'll gain exceptional experiences, career-long and personalized learning and invaluable coaching and mentoring. We believe in nurturing talent to develop future NFA and industry leaders.

What you'll do:

As a Senior Attorney, you will be responsible for working with staff to assess and analyze enforcement referrals and, when appropriate, prepare and prosecute NFA disciplinary cases.  Specifically, your responsibilities will include:

  • Evaluating the strength and weaknesses of suspected violations of NFA Rules (e.g., exam or investigation findings), which may include acquiring and analyzing information relevant to suspected violations to determine if additional evidence is needed.
  • Preparing letters, investigative reports, complaints, decisions and other written communications (e.g., settlement offers, motions).
  • Negotiating settlements with respondents (or their counsel) and representing NFA at hearings and in the appellate process at NFA and/or the CFTC, when required.
  • Participating in enforcement matters conducted in parallel with the CFTC, other regulators and law enforcement, when applicable, and managing ad hoc projects, as needed.

What we’re looking for:

Detail-oriented individuals thrive in this collaborative, analytical role. If you're eager to apply your critical thinking abilities to serve a public good—supporting the integrity of the derivatives markets—and meet the qualifications below, we encourage you to apply to join our team as a Senior Attorney.

  • Juris doctor from an accredited law school
  • Licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois or another state with the ability to be admitted in the Illinois State Bar
  • At least five years of experience as a practicing attorney, some of which should be in derivatives law
  • Knowledge and understanding of trading activity and exchange rules preferred
  • Knowledge and experience with and/or of litigation practices and principles such as the rules of evidence, trial practices and investigative techniques used in complex financial cases
  • Ability to think analytically and use a logical approach to address problems and issues
  • Ability to express thoughts clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally
  • Ability to both work effectively and coordinate the work of others on multiple assignments

This position requires that you be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire. Proof of vaccination will be required as a condition of employment. NFA complies with federal, state and local laws with respect to providing accommodations for individuals who are unable to receive the vaccine due to a medical condition or religious belief.



We understand how important culture is to an organization, and we pursue a culture of excellence where every NFA employee, regardless of circumstances, can succeed. Our workforce respects and celebrates each employee's diversity, unique values and abilities, all of which mold our creative approach to regulation. Most importantly, we believe that our diverse, inclusive workforce makes NFA a friendly, supportive and enjoyable place to work.


NFA is purpose-driven. We safeguard the integrity of the derivatives markets, protect investors and ensure that our Members meet their regulatory obligations. We take pride in our work; maintain a conviction to do the right thing; empower each other; and support our community. Envision your career in a place where performing critical regulatory work within the financial industry is as significant as the diverse, passionate and talented individuals with whom you work.

Together, we will innovate regulation.



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