Lead Product Counsel

Washington DC | Full-time

We analyze complex and novel legal issues for Plaid to enable innovation.

At Plaid, our mission is to unlock financial freedom for everyone.  There has never been a better time than now to start building the future of fintech with us. Plaid powers the tools millions of people rely on to live a healthier financial life. We work with thousands of companies like Venmo and SoFi, several of the Fortune 500, and many of the largest banks to make it easy for people to connect their financial accounts to the apps and services they want to use. Plaid’s network covers 11,000 financial institutions across the US, Canada, UK and Europe. Founded in 2013, the company is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York, Salt Lake City, Washington D.C., London and Amsterdam.

The Policy, Risk and Legal (“PRL”) team at Plaid works at the intersection of technology and financial services on disruptive innovations that require creative and pragmatic legal solutions. We deal with novel issues every day and work collaboratively across Plaid’s product, business, operations, risk and policy teams, as well as with our customers and partners.  

The PRL team is looking for a Product Counsel Lead to manage a growing team of Product Counsel who are responsible for advising and providing strategic direction to our product team, business team, and other key stakeholders on a range of issues, including regulatory, marketing, commercial, corporate, data security, and privacy. We’re looking for a collaborative and thoughtful team lead with demonstrated judgment, personal integrity, and interpersonal skills.

What excites you:

  • Leading, developing, and growing the Product Counsel team.
  • Providing strategic legal counsel for Plaid’s product offerings.
  • Coordinating and collaborating across Plaid’s product, engineering, business and operations teams relating to product development.
  • Designing and developing legal processes to help support the launch of new products and the continued development of existing products.
  • Anticipating and identifying risks, and proposing creative and effective solutions to address those risks.

What excites us:

  • J.D. degree, with 12+ years of relevant legal experience at a top law firm, government agency, or in-house legal department, preferably with experience leading a product legal team.
  • Familiarity with state and federal consumer financial services laws and regulations, including data security and privacy laws.
  • Eager to learn about new and emerging technologies.
  • Creative thinker who is comfortable interpreting and applying the law in unsettled contexts.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong project-management skills, with attention to detail.
  • Good sense of humor.
  • Bar admission in good standing or otherwise authorized to practice law (e.g., have registered in-house counsel status) in the applicable state.
  • Excitement for Plaid’s mission and fintech.
Plaid is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion or religious belief, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, military or veteran status, disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Plaid is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance with your application or interviews due to a disability, please let us know at
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