General Counsel in Charleston, South Carolina at Books-A-Million, Inc.

Date Posted: 7/26/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The General Counsel is responsible for leading corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives. The General Counsel provides senior management with effective advice on company strategies and their implementation, manages the legal function, and obtains and oversees the work of outside counsel. They are directly involved in complex business transactions in negotiating critical contracts.

  • Participates in the definition and development of corporate policies, procedures and programs and provides continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters
  • Serves as key lawyer/legal advisor on all major business transactions
  • Judges the merits of court cases filed against or on behalf of the company, works with appropriate executive(s) to define a strategic defense and approves settlements of disputes where warranted
  • Assumes ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the company conducts its business in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Structures  and manages the company's internal legal functions across a variety of departments
  • Assist in development and implementation of and training related to the company's policies and procedures
  • Oversees the selection, retention, management and evaluation of outside counsel
  • Advises on legal aspects of the company's financing, including assessing and advising on current and future business structures and legal entities
  • Provides oversight to the company's insurance and risk management programs
  • Leads the company's real estate lease development and renewal processes


Job Requirements

Previous Experience and Educational Requirements

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school
  • Five or more years of related legal experience in a law firm or corporate legal department
  • Experience negotiating and drafting commercial real estate leases and real estate asset acquisitions and sales

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Exceptional business acumen and leadership skills that earn the trust and respect of the Board, senior leadership team and employees at all levels
  • Experience working on matters of corporate governance and with a board of directors
  • Experience with cost-effective management of outside legal resources
  • Must be proactive, innovative, self-directed, client-oriented, and possess good business judgment
  • Bar Certified
  • Must be able to work independently to achieve goals and objectives
  • Strong written and oral communications skills are essential
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required
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