Reporting into the CEO, this is the Company’s top legal position. The Company’s General Counsel is responsible to manage the provision of all necessary legal services – both inside and outside – to the Company. The General Counsel is a trusted and valued advisor to the Company’s executive leadership team who must balance effective risk management with the achievement of the Company’s business and strategic objectives.
- The General Counsel has the responsibility and accountability for all legal aspects of the Company’s business activities, including all of the following:
- To be the chief legal counselor of the Company’s executive team.
- To manage the provision of all necessary legal services to the Company, including aligning legal counseling and services with the Company’s business and strategic needs.
- To structure, negotiate and document the Company’s major transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, licensing transactions and other significant transactions in order to meet the Company’s strategic objectives.
- To effectively and successfully manage claims and suits involving the Company.
- To lead the Company’s compliance activities with respect to all applicable laws and regulations, and to anticipate and counsel concerning expected future requirements.
- To manage the Company’s Legal Department and Legal Budget.
- To manage the selection and control of any necessary outside counsel.
- To be an effective contributor to the CEO’s first team on business and strategy, as well as legal, matters.
- At least 15 years of corporate and business law practice, preferably including some experience in an in-house capacity.
- Experience in varied substantive legal areas including merger and acquisition transactions, labor and employment, distribution and intellectual property.
- Experience in managing claims and litigation, preferably including products liability and employment matters.
- Experience in business and finance allowing participation in, and contribution to, the development of the Company’s business strategies.
- Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills, including at the C-Suite and Board of Directors levels.
- Excellent leadership skills including the ability to influence with and without direct authority.
- Excellent negotiation and diplomacy skills.
- A JD degree from a respected law school and current state bar membership.
- Self-sufficient computer skills including the use of MS Word, Excel and Power Point.