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Legal Counsel

We’re building banking for startups. We emphasize beauty and usability, and customers seem to love our product.

Number of employees

201-500

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One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. -Johann Wolfgang van Goethe (1796)

Goethe was a polymath; a poet, a scientist, a statesman.

In Theory of Colours, he dared to question Isaac Newton’s scientific discoveries regarding the perception of refracted light. In Metamorphosis of Plants, Goethe described the leaf as “the true Proteus who can hide or reveal himself in all vegetal Forms.”

What does this have to do with lawyering? Everything. Goethe was also a lawyer.

To be an effective in-house lawyer at a fast-growing and multi-faceted company like Mercury, you must strive to live, work, and play like a polymath.

At Mercury, we are building the banking stack for startups. It requires creating a beautiful and seamless product experience for our customers, themselves companies that are building products to change the world. And it also requires moving efficiently through complex regulatory frameworks, navigating large-scale partnerships, and taking smart risks. You’ll work with a talented, diverse, curious group of engineers, designers, marketers, operators - themselves polymaths - to help build Mercury toward the ideal form of a bank. Mercury’s culture cherishes beauty, quality, and creativity. Those words are typically not associated with lawyering, but as Mercury’s second lawyer, you must add to that culture.

As part of the journey, we would expect you to:

  • Help build the foundation of a world-class legal team.

  • Work closely with cross-functional partners across the company.

  • Deeply understand our product and our customers, and serve as an effective product counselor.

  • Help structure, negotiate, and manage complex, business-critical partnerships.

  • Navigate state and federal regulatory frameworks.

  • Think proactively about compliance, regulation, policy, and public affairs.

  • Help take care of all the day-to-day legal requests that come to the team.

Some things that might make you successful in a role like this:

  • The ability to communicate clearly.

  • A sense of humor and appreciation of craftsmanship.

  • Empathy.

  • ~4–6 years of legal experience, including some law firm and some in-house experience (more experience is welcome, we will calibrate the level accordingly).

  • Some experience in the world of fintech or banking, or a strong willingness and passion to learn about those areas.

  • JD and bar admission.

*Mercury is a financial technology company, not a bank. Banking services provided by Choice Financial Group and Evolve Bank & Trust®; Members FDIC.

About this role

November 20th, 2022

September 21st, 2022

Full Time

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We’re building banking for startups. We emphasize beauty and usability, and customers seem to love our product.

We care about what we’re building and how we build it.

Think actively

Question processes. Give thoughtful responses. Find the best way instead of going by how it’s always been done.

Appreciate quality

Take pride in crafting a lasting product. Work with the best equipment. Invest in great things that improve your life.

Be super helpful

Go above and beyond to solve problems. Exercise empathy. Deliver magic to customers and coworkers.

Maximize efficiency

Minimize unnecessary meetings and management. Work together with others to get the job finished.

Act with humility

Treat everyone with respect. Leave egos at the door.

Focus on product

Ask yourself how the product can be better today than it was yesterday.

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