Corporate Counsel, Secured Lending

Hancock and Whitney Bank
New Orleans, LA 70123
United States

Corporate Counsel, Secured Lending - (17001116)

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

Provides advice and counsel on a wide variety of legal matters or problems involving Hancock Holding Company and its subsidiaries (the Company), including commercial and consumer banking, transactional matters such as commercial lending and real estate transactions, as well as regulatory matters; all as part of managing legal risks and costs.


Advises and provides support to Company associates on all legal and compliance aspects of commercial and consumer lending, including review of existing and proposed policies, procedures and documentation affecting lending, including note and collateral forms and agreements

Supports the Company loan documentation units, lending and workout officers and credit administration personnel in various areas, including loan documentation, evaluation of watch list loans and recommendation of curative measures, loan policies, and loan products

Assists with drafting, reviewing and negotiating documents, including, for example, contracts, loan documentation, customer facing agreements and corporate level agreements involving the Company interests or the interests of customers

Acts as a liaison with outside law firms, which includes monitoring and tracking assigned projects or cases, including documentation reviews, evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of outside law firms, and consulting with outside law firms on strategy and policy issues

Assists in developing training programs and/or materials, as well as providing such training as appropriate or requested

Provides advice and counsel on a variety of legal matters involving the Company

Proactively assesses risks/loss exposure facing the Company and recommends/collaborates on solutions to mitigate/minimize such risks/losses; identifies best practices

Prepares responses to regulatory exam requests, as well as requests by internal and external auditors, as needed

Assists with product development and revenue initiatives of a wide variety

Keeps informed of federal and state legislation and judicial decisions that may affect Company operations; provides advice and counsel based on interpretations of said laws, regulations and decisions

Prepares and reviews business agreements and handles other legal matters, as needed

Assists as needed with review and commentary on proposed state and federal laws and regulations

Assists as needed in corporate governance and deal structuring

Assists in investigation of and response to various regulatory complaints, as well as internal investigations

Reviews various types of regulatory or legal requests or notices directed to or served upon the Company for proper handling

Directly and/or indirectly supervises employees in Legal and carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Company policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities may include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems

Minimum Required Education, Experience, Licenses And Certifications

Juris Doctorate (JD) from an accredited institution

5+ years of legal experience, preferably within a financial institution

Business experience obtained through the private practice of law desired, with an emphasis on transactional work

Licensed to practice law in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas, or eligible to become licensed in one or more of those states

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing

Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Access and PowerPoint


Ability to work under stress and meet deadlines

Ability to operate a keyboard if required to perform the essential job functions

Ability to read and interpret a document if required to perform the essential job functions

Ability to travel if required to perform the essential job functions

Ability to lift/move/carry approximately 10 pounds if required to perform the essential job functions. If the employee is unable to lift/move/carry this weight and can be accommodated without causing the department/division an undue hardship then the employee must be accommodated; hence omitting lifting/moving/carrying as a physical requirement.

Primary Location: United States-Louisiana-New Orleans-WNBHQ-Whitney Bank Headqtrs -LA

Work Locations:
WNBHQ-Whitney Bank Headqtrs -LA

228 St Charles Ave

New Orleans 70130

Job Category: Legal/Audit/Compliance

Organization: Hancock Bank - President's Division - Corporate Risk Managment

Shift: First Shift

Job Type: Experienced

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time