Working closely with other attorneys in Leprinos legal department, the Staff Counsel provides legal advice, counseling, and leadership to all levels of the organization on a broad range of legal matters, including contracts, real estate, and litigation. The Staff Counsel is an effective lawyer, business partner, and facilitator for various organizational groups, including supply chain/procurement, technical services, sales and marketing, quality, and operations. The role of this position is to collaborate with other Leprino attorneys to guide all business partners to successful business-centric legal resolutions in a proactive and efficient manner. The Staff Counsel will regularly work on projects with cross-functional teams that involve high degrees of risk, opportunity, and complexity.
Contract Negotiation and Management
Draft, negotiate, and manage contracts within all business groups, with an emphasis on commercial agreements, purchase orders, confidentiality agreements, IT vendor agreements, equipment purchase agreements, and engineering and construction contracts.
Ensure that all forms and templates are developed, updated, and maintained.
Maintain integrity of Leprinos contract management system.
Develop and deliver appropriate training and materials to various business groups.
Requires in-depth knowledge of relevant business processes and operations to ensure contracts are drafted to appropriately protect the companys interests.
Working as a business partner, the Staff Counsel will identify and solve unique and complex issues that arise during the negotiation and drafting process that requires innovative thinking and creative solutions.
Operations / production Facility Legal Support
Supports the real estate due diligence process.
Assists operations and facilities management with resolving pre-litigation legal disputes.
Provides support and assistance in all areas of the Companys compliance program.
Assists with investigation, fact-finding and other investigatory needs in connection with situations that arise under the Companys compliance program.
In conjunction with senior management and other members of the Legal Department, supports all litigation, including contract interpretation, litigation assessments and settlement analyses, and general legal advice on litigation matters.
Assists with the development of overall strategy and approach with respect to designated litigation matters and engages cross functional teams to support the companys litigation needs.
Interacts with and helps manage outside legal services (attorneys, experts, etc.) on litigation matters.
Manages discovery process for all litigation matters, including distribution of appropriate document holds, document production, e-discovery, etc.
General Legal Department Accountabilities
Directs, manages and/or assists with a variety of other legal matters outside of primary accountabilities as they arise or may be assigned. These matters may include:
Environmental issues, including issues relating to water and wastewater, air quality, land-use, and chemical storage and handling.
Food regulatory matters, including labeling and other associated matters.
Marketing assistance, such as review of advertising claims and other marketing materials.
M & A support.
International business transactions, including corporate governance support for existing and new Leprino operations and activities;
Labor and employment matters;
Evaluation of the legal and non-legal aspects of key business challenges; and
Other legal, corporate, and business matters and duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications & Experience:
Undergraduate degree from a respected university in any discipline
J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school.
Licensed to Practice law in Colorado (or licensed to practice in another state with the ability to obtain Colorado licensure within six months of hire date).
- Minimum of 4 years experience as a licensed attorney with an emphasis on experience in transactional law.
Preferred Qualifications & Experience:
Mid- Large law firm experience.
In-house legal experience, ideally with a privately held organization.