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Assistant Legal Counsel - New York, NY

Ref: 384 Date Posted: Thursday 28 Mar 2019
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Edrington Americas’ Legal Team serves as the company’s in-house legal counsel on all areas of the business, including regularly advising the management, sales, and marketing teams on areas of corporate, regulatory, employment, and intellectual property law.  The Edrington Americas Legal Team works in conjunction with the Global Legal Team to ensure compliance of global business strategies with respect to the importation and distribution of the portfolio of distilled spirits throughout North and South America.

Job Responsibilities

The Assistant Legal Counsel will report directly to the VP Legal & Corporate Affairs and work alongside the Legal Compliance Manager.  The Assistant Legal Counsel is responsible for providing a range of legal support and administration with respect to corporate law and governance, third party contracts, business licensing, and alcohol beverage regulation and trade practice activity.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform quality review and drafting of third party business and distribution contracts in coordination with VP Legal and commercial and marketing teams
  • Prepare and review legal documents including company letters, employee contracts, confidentiality agreements, corporate governance documentation, and lease agreements
  • Coordinate and oversee legal approvals of new vendor set-up process
  • Prepare and file corporate documentation including federal/state license renewals
  • Research and prepare documentation for the maintenance of corporate and LLC entities
  • Maintain and organize corporate books and records
  • Build, maintain, and manage databases and files, including with respect to all third party contracts
  • Arrange and record corporate meetings, minutes, and records
  • Identify proper corporate procedures and draft corporate resolutions authorizing and approving applicable activities/functions
  • Develop and organize files and database of corporate organizational and authorizing documentation
  • Develop knowledge/understanding of authorized signatories/representatives and actions taken on behalf of the company
  • Advise with respect to general corporate practices and protocols
  • Review and approve all product sample requests from commercial and brand teams
  • Assist in providing quality legal support for creative, sales, marketing and distribution programs, as well as regulatory review of events, point-of-sale, coupons, sweepstakes/contests, social media, and advertisements, including state-by-state compliance
  • Assist in the development and presentation of training for commercial and marketing teams, including with respect to compliance, social media, and employee handbook and policies
  • Review, monitor, and advise of new and updated laws and regulations affecting the business
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with state, local, and federal regulations
  • Research trade practice issues, often involving calls to federal and state government agencies
  • Assist in the review, analysis, and corporate completion of business opportunities such as brand acquisitions
  • Attend legal and industry conferences as Edrington representative
  • Manage and oversee seasonal legal department interns, as applicable

Knowledge, Skills & Core Competencies Required

Key Competencies

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Contract drafting and negotiation skills
  • Strong Research & Analytical skills along with critical thinking
  • Planning and organization skills; self-starter who is proactive
  • Strong written an verbal communication skills, with ability to communicate with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work independently, as well as working collaboratively in a team
  • Time management and prioritization skills
  • In this position you should be able to demonstrate the leadership standards (Inspire, Change, Collaborate, Engage and Deliver) within your role on a day-to-day basis
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be eligible to work in the US

Education and Experience

  • Juris Doctorate from ABA accredited law school within the United States
  • Licensed by New York State Bar Association and admitted to practice law within the State of New York
  • At least 2 years’ experience working in a law firm or in-house company legal department
  • Thorough knowledge of legal principles and practices, legal research techniques, legal terminology, legal communication principles and practices
  • Thorough knowledge state and federal corporate law with respect to governance, entity formation and maintenance, and contract administration
  • Relevant computer knowledge and experience, including with respect to Microsoft Office

Benefits & Perks

  • Competitive salary
  • 100% employer paid premium medical, vision, and dental coverage
  • 401k with company match
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 100% employer paid premium long and short term disability
  • 100% employer paid premium life insurance and AD&D insurance
  • Additional life insurance options
  • Flex time
  • 13 Paid Holidays
  • 25 PTO Days
  • Summer Fridays Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Generous employee referral program
  • Discounts platform access 
  • Paid parental leave
  • Pretax parking/commuter benefit
Edrington provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to general legal requirements, Edrington complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.