Assistant General Counsel - Garden Grove, CA

Job Summary

Firm is a leader in the rapidly evolving legal cannabis market in the US and abroad, is seeking to fill a newly created  assistant general counsel position. Reporting to the general counsel, the role will support the company's rapidly expanding national and international business footprint. The bright and energetic individual will support the company's expansion efforts while solidifying the legal and governance infrastructure already in place.

Areas of responsibility will fall into four main categories 1) providing guidance on commercial contractual matters (e.g., contracts, leases, intellectual property, etc.), 2) support merger and acquisition projects, 3) coordinate matters with external counsel and auditors, and 4) support regulatory initiatives.

 

Receives Direction From:

General Counsel

 

Provides Direction to:

No supervisory responsibilities; however, it is intended that the successful candidate will be able manage up to a team of 4 in the very near future.

 

Examples of Essential Functions:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Drafting/reviewing and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements including license, vendor, leases, confidentiality and other agreements

  • Creating and implementing procedures for contract management, organization, and document management at the corporate level

  • Setting strategy for and managing our IP portfolio, including coordinating trademark clearances, preparing and filing trademark applications, advising on infringement risk

  • Furthering the development and protection of our IP portfolio, including coordinating with various teams to determine priorities and strategies

  • Overseeing our information and records management, including alignment with privacy and security policies

  • Supporting senior management on matters of regulation at the Federal, state and local level

  • Managing outside counsel (corporate, labor, IP)

  • Conducting periodic employee trainings on relevant matters

  • Engaging in or leading various other Legal projects and duties as needed, including due diligence and related support on strategic transactions

 

Qualifications Guidelines

 

Education/training/experience:

  • Juris Doctor and membership in good standing in the California state bar is required

  • 3-5 years legal experience (with at least two years at a law firm preferred)

  • Contract drafting and negotiating experience required

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required

  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills required

  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently

  • Ability to manage multiple, concurrent projects in a fast-paced environment

  • Experience in positively and successfully managing relationships with a high energy, diverse group of stakeholders across organizational line

 

Abilities and Knowledge of:

  • Demonstrated business acumen, including the ability to see the "big picture" as well as the relationship of very detailed and specific legal and business issues

  • High degree of organization and efficiency with demonstrated attention to detail

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills (including presentations)

  • Demonstrated accountability and keen ability to meet aggressive time frames

  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage a variety of assignments, and oversee areas of responsibility and prioritize activities in a fast-paced, demanding environment

  • Able to make decisions quickly but also seek guidance when appropriate

  • Professional demeanor and ability to interact with persuasiveness and confidence

  • Personal integrity, sound judgment, and strong ethics in business and personal conduct

  • Adaptable and comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity

Physical Standards:

  • This position requires frequently sitting, standing, reaching, walking, and operating a computer workstation

  • Must have finger dexterity, ability to use keyboard/ten key

  • This position requires frequently sitting, standing, reaching, walking, and handling/grasping of materials

  • Constantly sitting, standing, walking, and operating a computer workstation

  • This position may rarely require kneeling, bending, squatting

  • Reach, stoop and lift office files, records or reports, typically weighing 20 pounds or less

  • Reasonable accommodations will be considered which would allow the employee to perform the essential functions of this job

 

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