Associate Corporate Counsel

Posted Nov 13
Full Time
Independence, Ohio

With more than 40 years of experience, Proforma is the $600 million technology and business success leader in the printing, promotional products, and packaging industry. Proforma’s investment of more than $20 million in technology maximizes its success in the marketplace. Proforma’s record-breaking achievements include nine of its Members on Inc. Magazine’s 2022 list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies and more than 300 Members in its Million and Multi-Million Dollar Club earning annual sales over $45 million.

Proforma is looking to hire an accomplished attorney with experience in corporate litigation, corporate compliance and governance, and contract law. The candidate will report directly to the company’s President and Chief Legal Officer.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Work with Operations team members to maintain Proforma’s standards.
  • Prepare, update, implement, and manage policies, communications, and training presentations relating to corporate and franchisee compliance, and maintain records of communications and training.
  • Manage franchise agreements, renewals, defaults, and terminations.
  • Manage inter-system mergers & acquisitions.
  • Monitor franchise wind-down accounting activity (AP, AR, write-offs, and offsets).
  • Perform franchise audits.
  • Maintain Confidential Proforma Operations Manual & departmental policies.
  • Manage Franchise Agreement Renewals.
  • Proactively resolve disputes and handle legal matters internally to reduce costs.
  • Manage external counsel and control the strategic direction of lawsuits.
  • Act as liaison between the legal and internal business teams, attend meetings, respond to inquiries, present information to internal stakeholders, and continually update and improve existing document and contract templates.
  • Maintain and update SOPs for this position.
  • Timely prepare, review, and edit legal documents, contracts, and master service agreements.
  • Relay important legal updates and collaborate on critical decisions with top executive team members.
  • Manage discovery, document review, and any other aspect of litigation and coordinate with outside counsel when necessary.
  • Assist the Human Resources team on internal investigations and general employment matters.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Critical thinking skills, timely and decisive judgment, and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to handle stressful conversations and take appropriate action.
  • Ability to balance system compliance while maintaining positive relationships.
  • Ability to recognize and identify system compliance concerns.
  • Excellent time-management skills; outstanding organizational skills
  • Superior communication and technical writing skills
  • Ability to act with a sense of urgency
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Required Education and Experience:

  • 3-6 years of experience in private practice or in-house.
  • J.D. degree from a U.S. accredited law school and membership in good standing in at least one state bar in the U.S. is required.
  • Litigation, contract, and compliance experience required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple projects that require collaboration across functional areas.
  • Franchise systems and legal documentation experience are strongly preferred.
  • Proven ability to develop, implement, audit, and monitor policies, projects, processes, systems, and controls across an organization.

Candidates from underrepresented communities (e.g., people of color, LGBTQ, differently abled, veterans, etc.) are encouraged to apply!