Managing Counsel, Litigation

  • CIBC
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Nov 24, 2020
Full time Lawyer (Private Practice) Lawyer (In House Counsel) General Counsel Lawyer (Other) Litigator

Job Description

We’re building a relationship-oriented bank for the modern world. We need talented, passionate professionals who are dedicated to doing what’s right for our clients.


At CIBC, we embrace your strengths and your ambitions so you feel empowered at work. Our team members have what they need to make a meaningful impact and feel truly valued for who they are and what they contribute.


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Job Description


What You’ll Be Doing

The CIBC Legal Department provides legal services to all lines of business within CIBC and assists in identifying, assessing and mitigating legal risks.  The Managing Counsel role at CIBC leads a team of legal professionals accountable for providing a wide range of legal services and advice to business and functional leaders across the organization. Utilizing strong independent judgment, broad-based legal knowledge, and a high level of professionalism, the team proactively works with employees at all levels in designated lines of business and functional areas to mitigate potential legal risks.  The team manages certain litigation matters in-house. The Managing Counsel also provides legal expertise to executive and senior leadership on complex and/or sensitive issues.


How You’ll Succeed

  • Legal Advice & Counsel – Provide proactive, responsive and innovative litigation advice on complex issues to all Canadian lines of business to assist with the mitigation of legal and reputational risk.  You will keep apprised of developments in Litigation and applicable legislation and case law and take a lead role in the identification and assessment of any impact such developments may have on CIBC.  You will identify systemic legal issues that may have significant organization implications and prepare practical recommendations to assist CIBC in addressing the identified issues.

  • People Management & Leadership – Lead the performance, development and professional growth of lawyers, law clerks and students, if applicable, in a manner that enables Canada Legal to deliver its value proposition to be professional partners, proactive counselors and knowledgeable advisors.

  • Relationship Management – Manage partnerships and relationships across CIBC by integrating into the business, facilitating open communication, maintaining and improving levels of internal business partner satisfaction, anticipating business needs and proactively offering legal advice.  You will independently engage external legal counsel and work closely with them to ensure efficiency, cost-effectiveness and a solid work product.


Who You Are

  • You can demonstrate experience in & have proven track record of providing litigation advice on complex issues & mitigating legal and reputational risk. You have significant relevant experience gained at a bank, a similar large organization or a top tier law firm.  People management experience is a significant asset.

  • You’re a certified professional.  Successful Candidate must have been called to the Bar in Ontario and are a member in good standing.

  • You understand that success is in the details. You notice things that others don't. Your critical thinking skills help to inform your decision making.

  • You are a bold and accountable leader. You're passionate about developing and coaching to bring out the best in people. You have led diverse, high performing teams.

  • Values matter to you. You bring your real self to work and you live our values – trust, teamwork and accountability.


What CIBC Offers

At CIBC, our people are our greatest asset. You’ll become part of a diverse community that acknowledges everyone’s unique talents, and empowers teams to do what’s right for the client, and to do it well. As part of our team, you will:

  • Thrive: Benefit from an open and approachable culture that provides the flexibility and support you need to integrate your life at work and at home

  • Connect: Work in a place where the right technology and infrastructure fosters innovation, collaboration and creativity

  • Develop: Grow your skills and career through our best-in-class onboarding experience, ongoing learning opportunities, individual development planning, and comprehensive product training

  • Prosper: Share in our collective success with a competitive salary, incentive pay, banking benefits, health benefits program, and employee share purchase plan


What You Need to Know

  • CIBC is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all team members and clients feel like they belong. We seek applicants with a wide range of abilities and we provide an accessible candidate experience. If you need accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact
  • You need to be legally eligible to work at the location(s) specified above and, where applicable, must have a valid work or study permit



Job Location

Toronto-CC West 11th Floor

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