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General Counsel The candidate will be responsible for leading corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives and corporate legal compliance. Will advise senior management on company strategies and implementation, manage a legal department of twelve, and engage and oversee the work of outside counsel. Participate in the definition and development of corporate policies, procedures and programs and provide continued counsel and guidance on legal matters. Serve as key lawyer/legal advisor on all major business transactions, e.g. acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, financing, leasing, international and domestic expansion and other business development. Manage all litigation filed against or on behalf of the company in the areas of transactional business, intellectual property, labor and employment, benefits general liability and workerâ€™s compensation. Advise on legal aspects of the companyâ€™s corporate structuring, including assessing and advising on current and future business entity structures. Provide guidance for compliance with applicable Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and NASDAQ requirements, corporate governance regulations, and requirements related to other public filings; including Annual Reports and Proxy Statements and press releases. Provide guidance in areas including benefit and welfare plans, business continuity planning, enterprise risk, food safety, manufacturing regulations and insurance. Provide guidance on equity compensation and performance incentive programs. Provide guidance and oversight on global intellectual property strategy. Play a key role on the Cyber Incident Response and Crisis Management teams. Provide support regarding security awareness implementation and training. Manage contracting and business transactions. Oversee document retention program. Oversee the selection, management and evaluation of all outside counsel. Advise and consult with the Board of Directors; prepare Board of Directors and Board Committee agendas in conjunction with other executive officers and lead director. Serve as Secretary to the Board of Directors.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must have Law degree/admission to the California Bar. Should have 10+ years of experience in corporate, securities or securitiesâ€™ litigation practice. Should preferably have 5+ years as General Counsel for a publicly listed corporation. Broad, overview experience in business transactions, international law, securities, and intellectual property law essential. Exposure to or familiarity with the following areas of law: employment, benefit plans, real estate, finance, risk management, corporate governance, crisis media management, cybersecurity and privacy needed. Experience advising a Board of Directors of a public company essential. Experience managing other attorneys and supervising support staff; experience with cost-effective management of outside legal resources needed. Familiarity and understanding of Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd Frank and other related corporate governance legislation and familiarity with financial accounting principles of public companies, including legally required disclosures essential. Experience in directing strategy and managing complex litigation, including class actions, and preferably exposure to PAGA claims in California is needed.
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