Staff Attorney

Department: General Counsel

Location: Chicago, IL

Travel Requirements: N/A

Job ID:  254

NFA is committed to creating an exceptional work environment. Learn from staff how NFA fosters a culture of diversity, ongoing learning and development, and work-life balance.


Description: The Staff Attorney will provide legal advice, representation for NFA, and support NFA's efforts to provide the most efficient and effective regulatory environment possible.


  • Assist attorneys in working with Compliance staff on NFA investigations and the preparation of disciplinary cases.
  • Assist attorneys in working with Registration staff on cases concerning fitness investigations for registration and membership.
  • Provide general legal services to NFA staff, including the protection of NFA's intellectual property rights and confidential corporate information.
  • Collaborate with Members and Committees on regulatory matters, including the refinement or development of NFA rules or policies.
  • Assist in preparing presentation materials for NFA's Board of Directors and Committees.
  • Serve as counsel to NFA's hearing panels for disciplinary and registration cases.
  • Conduct legal research to support NFA's regulatory initiatives.


  • 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
  • Knowledge of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations
  • Knowledge of entities that engage in futures and/or OTC derivatives products
  • Proven legal research and writing skills  

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.


NFA offers a generous and flexible benefits package that allows employees to balance work and life.

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