Regulatory Counsel

  • Oakland, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Since we first opened our doors in 2009, the world of commerce has evolved immensely – and so has Square. After enabling anyone to take a payment and never miss a sale, we saw sellers stymied by disparate, outmoded products and tools that wouldn’t work together. So we expanded into software and started building integrated, omnichannel solutions – to help sellers sell online, manage inventory, run a busy kitchen, book appointments, engage loyal buyers, and hire and pay staff. And across it all, we’ve embedded financial services tools at the point of sale, so merchants can access a business loan and manage their cash flow all in one place.

Today, we’re a partner to sellers of all sizes – large, enterprise-scale businesses with complex commerce operations, sellers just starting out, as well as merchants who began selling with Square and have grown larger over time. As our sellers scale, so do our solutions. We all grow together.

There is a massive opportunity in front of us. We’re building a business that is big, meaningful, and lasting. And we are helping sellers around the world do the same.

Job Description

Square is looking for an attorney who will play a key role in providing guidance on the legal, regulatory, and industry issues related to Square’s rapidly expanding payments and financial services activities. This is an exciting opportunity for a creative legal mind with a sense of adventure. As part of a growing and innovative company, your ideas and contributions will have an immediate impact. This is a full-time role, reporting to the Seller General Counsel. 

You will: 

  • Advise on the full range of financial services legal, regulatory, and industry requirements applicable to online and offline payments, including FinCEN regulations, network rules, anti-money laundering processes, KYC obligations, emerging payment systems, money transmission, and other regimes.

  • Establish and maintain company-wide compliance programs to support regulatory bank, card network, and licensing requirements and interface with state, local and national payments regulators, in partnership with government relations team

  • Work closely with our internal product, business, risk, and compliance teams, as well as with external advisors

  • Identify risk areas and develop systems, policies, and procedures to manage and mitigate them

  • Provide ideas and insights into how Square can work within the law to create amazing product experiences for our customers


You have:

  • JD with at least 5 years of relevant experience in law firms, government agencies, and/or in-house counsel departments

  • Extensive knowledge of financial services and payments compliance requirements and regulations, including anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act, FinCEN regulations, OFAC regulations, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Gramm-Leach Bliley Act, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulations (including Regulations E and Z), know-your-customer requirements, unclaimed property laws escheatment rules, data security issues, and privacy issues in the financial industry

  • Experience with US regulatory system, with additional experience with non-US jurisdictions preferred

  • Demonstrated track record of strong leadership and project management skills

  • Familiarity with launching products and advising on the legal and regulatory aspects of product development

  • Sound and practical business judgment, intellectual creativity, and problem solving skills

  • Team-oriented and collaborative approach

  • A sense of adventure

Additional Information

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Square is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class. 

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page

Additionally, we consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment on our team, assessing candidates in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.


We want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:

  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD54566975, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD54566975 is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

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