Job description

At HSBC, the health and well-being of our employees remains of utmost importance.  Many of our roles are permitted to work from home (in states in which HSBC is licensed to operate) until further notice. Upon resumption of normal operations, this role may be performed at our Arlington Heights, Illinois office.

The Senior Legal Counsel will be an essential part of the U.S. Wealth and Personal Banking Credit & Lending legal team, providing practical and timely legal guidance to business stakeholders in HSBC’s U.S. Wealth and Personal Banking business, which focuses on retail banking and credit services for internationally connected, mass affluent customers. The successful candidate will manage legal risk and provide advice on a variety of issues relating to the origination and servicing of secured and unsecured consumer credit products, including residential mortgages, credit cards, unsecured lines of credit, personal loans, and securities-backed lending products. The diversity of HSBC’s business, its geographic spread and evolving strategic initiatives means the diversity of matters in scope for this role is very expansive.

The role requires an understanding of the structure of HSBC Group and its culture and the ability to handle increasingly complex legal issues, as well as the ability to establish mutually-supportive working relationships with other members of the Global Legal function. This attorney will work under the supervision of more senior lawyers, but must be able to work independently and to interact appropriately with internal clients, including senior management.

About Us

Our purpose – Opening up a world of opportunity – explains why we exist. We’re here to use our unique expertise, capabilities, breadth and perspectives to open up new kinds of opportunity for our more than 40 million customers. We’re bringing together the people, ideas and capital that nurture progress and growth, helping to build a better world – for our customers, our people, our investors, our communities and the planet we all share


Employment eligibility to work with HSBC in the U.S. is required as the company will not pursue visa sponsorship for these positions.

  • JD from an accredited Law School
  • Admitted to Bar in at least one state
  • Minimum of five years of corporate legal experience in a major law firm and/or in-house legal department of a bank or financial services company
  • Demonstrable experience with a wide range of consumer credit products and collateral types
  • Broad knowledge of federal and state regulations applicable to credit and lending transactions
  • Experience with cross-border lending transactions and/or experience with asset sales is a plus
  • Ability to quickly apply abstract concepts of law and make quick, innovative decisions to resolve problems
  • Strong advocacy, negotiation, interpersonal, organizational, verbal and written communication skills


As an HSBC employee, you will have access to tailored professional development opportunities to ensure you have the right skills for today and tomorrow. We offer a competitive pay and benefits package including a robust Wellness Hub, all in a welcoming, diverse and inclusive work environment.  You will be empowered to drive HSBC’s engagement with the communities we serve through an industry-leading volunteerism policy, a generous matching gift program, and a comprehensive program of immersive Sustainability and Climate Change Initiatives. You’ll want to join our Employee Resource Groups as they play a central part in life at HSBC, including the development of our employees and networking inside and outside of HSBC.  We value difference. We succeed together. We take responsibility. We get it done. And we want you to help us build the bank of the future!


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.