About the role:
The Employee Benefits Attorney will handle a wide array of legal issues for AIG Retirement Services related to its offering of retirement products and services, primarily in the education, governmental, and not-for-profit group retirement markets. The role will provide legal support relating to retirement plan operations, recordkeeping services, product offerings and other products and services, as necessary. This role will require working closely with business, risk and compliance professionals in addressing day-to-day legal issues involving AIG Retirement Services. This position will be based in Houston, Texas.

Provide support on a wide range of legal and regulatory issues arising from AIG Retirement Services' retirement businesses primarily with a focus on IRS, ERISA, DOL and state insurance law issues that impact financial services products and services in the educational, governmental, and not for profit group retirement plan markets and in the retail market, including variable and fixed annuities, advisory accounts, mutual funds and other retirement solutions
  • Provide support on issues relating to plan acquisition, retention and administration, annuity product development, recordkeeping services, and defined contribution retirement plan compliance
  • Work collaboratively across the organization including with peers across Legal, Risk and Compliance and all levels of staff to ensure consistency of approach and practice across business lines
  • Apply and expand an understanding of the laws and regulations applicable to the business operations, stay abreast of changes in applicable laws and regulations, and assist in ensuring that business clients are well situated to comply with new and amended laws
  • Serve as liaison between leadership team and key regulators with respect to ongoing relationship management

What you need to know:
  • Law firm and/or in-house experience within the financial services and/or retirement plans services industry, working with or supporting retirement plan providers and related investment arrangements. Ideally, prior experience will include working with a financial services company serving the education, governmental, and not-for-profit group retirement plan markets through the provision of products, services and captive distribution.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to find creative solutions on diverse matters requiring complex legal and strategic analysis
  • Ability to serve as a trusted advisor, strategic partner and collaborator with peers, leaders, and business partners
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including strong ability to advocate in writing and orally, and ability to deliver clear legal advice to wide variety of audiences
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Working knowledge of annuities, mutual funds, and/or other retail financial products, and ERISA, DOL and IRS legal frameworks as they apply to retirement products and services
  • 10 or more years of experience as in-house and/or outside counsel in a relevant business environment with subject matter expertise in group retirement plans (qualified and nonqualified) including tax and ERISA laws and regulations, product and operational compliance, combined with strong business acumen
  • Experience working with broker dealer and investment advisory programs. Thorough understanding of investment advisory fiduciary responsibilities and appropriate disclosure of conflicts of interest
  • Knowledge of state laws applicable to retirement products and services
  • Involvement handling regulatory exams and investigations
  • JD Required
  • Admittance to at least one bar

What our employees like most about working for AIG:
  • We care about your professional development. Our career progression program will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills, strengthen your productivity and be eligible to progressively advance to positions with an increased responsibility and increased compensation.
  • Our “Giving Back” policy is at the core of our daily operations and guides our future progress. Don't believe us? We put our money where our mouth is! AIG will give you up to 16 hours a year paid time off to volunteer in the community.
  • Our people are our most important asset therefore we provide a generous benefits plan and competitive pay.