Fellowes General Counsel in Itasca, Illinois
The General Counsel is an advisor to our President & CEO and other senior leaders on a variety of legal and business matters, serving as a decision-maker and influencer with a keen ability to connect guidance with business strategy and ensure business operations remain fluid.
As our General Counsel, you will have the opportunity to be involved in nearly every substantive area of business law in the U.S. and abroad, with a high focus on M&A activity and integrations to fuel the company’s growth strategy. You will be responsible for general corporate matters, complex litigation and regulatory matters, as well as managing all other legal business matters across the Fellowes business and geographies. In addition, you will advise senior leaders and junior managers on appropriate courses of action, spot and abate risk, and determine the need for, and scope of, outside counsel on various legal issues.
The successful candidate will have substantive experience in most areas of law listed below and be ready to learn the rest, so there will be a high focus on learning agility. Areas of law may include General Corporate matters, (entity creation, structuring and management), M&A activity and transactions, Trademarks, copyrights and trade dress, Patent law (strategy and management of outside patent attorneys), Global Sourcing, Real Estate (leasing and purchase and sale transactions), Licensing, Advertising, Commercial transactions, Finance, Compliance, Dispute Resolution (global), Employment matters, Executive Compensation, Sales (Art. II), Product Safety and Regulatory, Customs, Data Privacy and Security, Litigation management, Internal investigations, Bankruptcy, Warranties, Product Liability, Tax, Risk Management and Trade Secrets.
This role will report to our Chief Corporate Development Officer.
Work with internal business partners and outside retained counsel
Manage general business transactions, draft and review contracts, licenses and intellectual property agreements and provide leadership in negotiations where appropriate
Review and draft legal documentation
Assess, establish and upgrade compliance programs and procedures related to general corporate and human resource matters
Provide necessary corporate governance guidance and assistance
Provide cost effective management of external legal resources
Evaluate risk and risk mitigation alternatives (act as corporate risk manager)
Lead corporate merger and acquisition efforts when necessary
Assure the company and its products are fully compliant with all applicable regulatory standards and interact with various regulatory agencies as necessary and appropriate
Manage all outside counsel (litigation, patent prosecution, international, etc.)
What You Bring to the Team
A minimum of 7 years of law experience, to include a blend of major law firm and in-house experience
A law degree from an accredited U.S. law school with strong academic credentials
Admission to the Bar of a U.S. state or the District of Columbia
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Exemplary drafting skills
Strong technological skills and an aptitude for basic scientific principles, with the ability to understand the scientific and engineering nuances of products
Strong computer skills, including MS Office, SharePoint, discovery tools, contract administration databases and corporate databases, as well as an interest in expanding the use of new technology to drive efficiency
Required Behavioral Competencies
Personal Leadership – Leads by envisioning the future, engaging others, energizing people and enabling self and others to develop and execute plans to deliver strategy; able to counsel and teach business leaders and young managers
Builds Partnerships – Identifies opportunities and takes action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, units or organizations to help achieve business goals
Builds Trust – Interacts with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions and those of the organization
Decision-Making – Identifies and understands issues, problems and opportunities; compares data from different sources to draw conclusions; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; takes action that is consistent with available facts, constraints and probable consequences
Energy – Consistently maintains high levels of activity or productivity; sustains long working hours when necessary; operates with vigor, effectiveness and determination over extended periods of time
Quality Orientation – Accomplishes tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; shows concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checks processes and tasks; is watchful over a period of time
Tenacity – Stays with a position or plan of action until the desired objective is obtained or is no longer reasonably attainable
Judgment – Demonstrates good judgment in determining courses of action and determining when to bring in additional resources
Creative – Draws from broad experience and knowledge of many areas of the law to find a solution that is not readily apparent
About Fellowes Brands
Founded on a rich 100-year history, our reputation, passion for excellence and Fellowes values - a belief in people, integrity, innovation and continuous improvement - live in every product we make, and inspire best-in-class design, quality and performance in all we do. Our four core values drive our behavior, approach and response to the world around us. Initiative. Integrity. Teamwork. Passion. These values are steeped in the character of our founder, Harry Fellowes, who established a value-based culture at Fellowes over a century ago.
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Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status
Fellowes, Inc. does not accept unsolicited resumes from any agencies that have not signed a mutual service agreement. All unsolicited resumes will be considered Fellowes' property, and Fellowes will not be obligated to pay a referral fee. This includes resumes submitted directly to hiring managers without contacting the Talent Acquisition Department.
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