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Staff Counsel I Job Description

Job Category Legal & Compliance Job Location Catonsville, Maryland

About Us

We are more than a specialty finance company providing debt recovery solutions for consumers. We are a global team of over 4,000 employees whose daily mission is to empower consumers to begin their path towards financial recovery and build a better life for themselves and their families. We know that the only way to support this mission is by hiring exceptional people who bring a diversity of ideas, a collaborative spirit, and a passion for attaining breakthrough results.  If you are results-driven, have a passion for helping others, and thrive in an innovative environment, this might be the right place for you!

The Staff Counsel I manages and resolves the company’s collection litigation matters. This role supports corporate compliance with laws and regulations governing debt collection and related activities.


  • Create, review, direct and resolve collection litigation matters cost-effectively and in a compliant manner.
  • Ensure adherence to relevant company policies, state, federal and local regulations.
  • Maintain and enhance company reputation with courts, venders, outside counsel, and consumers.  Limit company exposure through effective advocacy on behalf of the Company in hearings, trials, and mediations. Negotiate with opposing counsel, conduct discovery, and respond to discovery.  Prepare and attend hearings and trials.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.


EDUCATION:  Master's or Advanced                          

FIELD OF STUDY:  JD degree from an accredited law school

EXPERIENCE:  No legal work experience required

CERTIFICATION(S):  Juris Doctorate


  • Good attention to detail, accuracy and follow-through abilities
  • Sound judgment and discretion
  • Good communication, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with the Microsoft suite of products


  • Cross licensed in MA and/or PA

Starting Compensation

Annual Salary: $67,500.00 + (Amount based on office location, relevant experience, skills, and competencies)

What We Offer

We understand the important balance between work and life, fun and professionalism, and corporation verse community. We strive to support your career aspirations and provide the benefits you need to live a more fulfilling life.

Our compensation and benefits programs were created with an 'Employee-First Approach' focused on supporting, developing, and recognizing YOU.  We offer a wide array of wellness and mental health initiatives, support volunteerism, and environmental efforts, encourage employee education through leadership training, skill-building, and tuition reimbursements, and always strive to provide promotion opportunities from within.

All these things are just a small way to show our employees that we recognize their value, we understand what is important to them, and we reward their contributions.

Encore Capital Group and all of its subsidiaries are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application and/or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation at

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