Associate, General Counsel

Employer
Total Wine & More
Location
Bethesda, MD
Posted
Oct 12, 2017
Closes
Oct 16, 2017
Function
Accountant, IT
Industry
Law
Hours
Full Time
The Associate General Counsel (AGC) will be a business-oriented, legal advisor responsible for all aspects of the Company's legal work. The AGC will be involved in day-to-day operations of the business and, with the assistance of outside counsel, will assist with corporate governance, compliance, preservation of intellectual property, employment law matters, and general litigation. In addition, the AGC will work closely with the General Counsel to learn the alcohol business, including the Company's interaction with all state agencies and legislatures in 20 states. This position requires a confident and experienced attorney who is comfortable in a fast-paced environment and who can quickly synthesize and advise the business. Superior communication skills are critical. The candidate must be comfortable interacting with various levels in the organization and operating in a matrixed environment. Prior in-house experience in retail or the alcoholic beverage industry is preferred but not required. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing the Company's business operations in 20 different states. Work closely with the General Counsel, Government Affairs team and the state agencies and legislatures. Keep abreast of all regulatory changes in the alcoholic beverage industry. Monitor and manage outside law firms. Prepare, communicate and educate business units, executive team and Board of Directors regarding changes in policies and practices within the industry and the Company. Provide business unit leaders (Government Affairs, Human Resources, Retail Operations, Finance, Marketing, Store Development and others) advice and counsel regarding legal requirements, best practices, and strategies to advance the Company's goals. Manage litigation, identify legal and business risks, and control legal costs. Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for the Company. Prepare and review contracts and advise on real estate transactional matters. Negotiate complex vendor agreements. JOB REQUIREMENTS: Minimum Experience, Skills and Education: JD degree from a top tier law school with strong academic performance Active and in good standing with bar admission in at least one state 3-5 years' experience working in a corporate legal department or law firm advising clients on regulatory and/or compliance Proficient computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (eg, Word, Excel, MS Office, etc.) PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (with or without accommodations): Some travel required (10-20% of the time)