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Sammons Financial Group Associate Counsel in West Des Moines, Iowa

Sammons® Financial Group’s (SFG) member companies offer some of today’s most sought after life insurance, annuity, and retirement planning products. Unlike most financial organizations, our companies are not publicly traded, which means we’re focused on long-term value rather than short-term earnings pressures. As a privately held company, our leaders and employees remain consistently focused on long-term growth, making decisions that allow us to deliver on our commitments to customers, distribution partners, our employees, and our communities. Individually, our companies provide value in the products and services they offer. Together we represent a history of strength and longevity.

Here is what you can expect when you join SFG:

  • A Casual dress code which includes jeans.

  • A rich company culture driven by private ownership and intentional leadership that inspires employees to engage in our healthy, high-performing and values based culture.

  • Healthy balance between work and personal lives. Friday afternoons off all year long, competitive PTO and generous number of paid holidays.

  • Great benefits including medical, dental, vision, wellness plan, charitable giving programs, education assistance… to name a few!

  • ESOP- A generous 100% company funded retirement plan.

Here's what you can expect as the Associate Counsel.

Provide legal support to the Sammons Financial Group (SFG) member companies relevant to the companies' general corporate issues, corporate structure, and financial services. Develop a solid working knowledge of products offered by SFG member companies, including fixed and variable annuities, life insurance, and mutual funds. Provide legal advice and counsel on a variety of legal questions related to the companies’ business operations, including assistance in resolving issues related to employment laws and regulations, employee relations matters and claims, litigation, vendor and other contract review matters, real estate, privacy and cybersecurity, general corporate matters, and other general insurance regulatory matters.

  • Provide objective, thorough, timely and well-researched legal advice and counsel to key business partners on legal matters, allowing management and key decision makers the ability to assess the legal risk of various courses of action to support SFG business initiatives and financial risk management strategies.

  • Provide legal advice and counsel on a variety of legal questions related to the companies to ensure compliance with new and existing state, federal and local laws, statutes, and regulatory requirements. This includes reviewing new laws and regulations and supporting their implementation with key business partners.

  • Collaborate with other attorneys and professionals in the Legal Department in managing the companies’ exposure to regulatory fines and penalties or other sanctions.

  • Draft and review policy forms, legal correspondence, agreements, contracts, and releases.


  • Juris Doctorate Degree from an ABA accredited law school required


  • 1-3 years' relevant experience preferred

  • Experience in life insurance, annuities, or financial services industry preferred


  • Ability to deal with a wide variety of individuals, both inside and outside company organizations in a professional, patient, and responsive manner

  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral

  • Demonstrated ability to identify and analyze legal issues and to apply known or researched rules of law

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct accurate and timely legal research

  • Demonstrated attention to detail, professional attitude, and commitment to maintain confidentiality of records and information


  • Iowa Bar Admission to and in good standing (or, admission to and in good standing with another bar enabling reciprocity and admission into the Iowa Bar) required