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Associate General Counsel

Total Wine & More
Posted May 14
Full Time
Bethesda, Maryland


Total Wine & More is looking for an Associate General Counsel (AGC) to join our Legal Department onsite in Bethesda, Maryland . You will serve as a legal advisor to the Company and its affiliated businesses operating under the Total Wine & More name in 27 different states. You will interact with and provide legal advice and guidance to the more than 10,000 team members who work in Total Wine’s retail stores and functional departments within our corporate offices in Bethesda, MD, in a multitude of different subject areas, including corporate governance, store expansion and licensure, compliance, intellectual property, advertising, and employment law. You will work closely with the Company’s General Counsel and legal staff, state and local government agencies, and a team of outside counsel to oversee the Company’s litigation and compliance matters in 27 states (and counting).

You will report to the Company’s General Counsel.

You will


  • Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing the Company’s business operations in 27 different states.
  • Work closely with the General Counsel, Government Affairs team and the state agencies and legislatures.
  • Keep abreast of all regulatory changes in the alcoholic beverage industry.
  • Supervise and manage outside law firms.
  • Advise the Company’s executive team, Board of Directors, and team members regarding changes in policies and practices within the industry and the Company.
  • Provide business unit leaders (Government Affairs, Human Resources, Store Operations, Finance, Marketing, Store Development and others) advice and counsel regarding legal requirements, best practices, and strategies to advance the Company’s goals.
  • Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for the Company.
  • Prepare and review contracts and advise on real estate transactional matters.
  • Negotiate and help draft complex vendor agreements.

You will come with


  • JD degree from a top tier law school with strong academic performance
  • Active and in good standing with bar admission in Maryland, D.C., or Virginia
  • 10-12 years’ experience working as a lawyer in a private commercial law firm or hybrid of that law firm experience and in-house counsel in a corporate legal department
  • Prior legal experience in employment/labor law litigation, commercial agreements and litigation, real estate lease negotiations. and/or licensing
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, and strong legal reasoning skills are required

Physical Requirements (with Or Without Accommodations)


  • Some travel may be required

We offer


  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Generous store discounts
  • Health care plans (medical, prescription, dental, vision)
  • 401(k), HSA, FSA, Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Disability & life insurance coverage
  • Paid parental leave
  • Pet insurance
  • Critical illness and accident insurance
  • Discounted home and auto insurance
  • College tuition assistance
  • Career development & product training
  • Consumer classes
  • & More!

Grow with us

Total Wine & More is the country's largest independent retailer of fine wine, beer and spirits, and we continue to grow our footprint year over year. Total Wine offers exciting and unique career opportunities across the country and in our corporate office. Our strength is our people. We have a commitment to training and career growth, all in an environment that values new ideas and teamwork. If you share our entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for providing best-in-class customer experience, take a moment to apply or learn more at!

_Total Wine & More considers several factors when establishing compensation. Estimated salaries determined by third parties have not been validated by Total Wine & More. Total Wine & More is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Total Wine & More makes reasonable accommodations during all aspects of the employment process, including during the interview process. Total Wine & More is a Drug Free Workplace.

_ The information provided above indicates the general nature and level of work required of the position and is not a comprehensive list of all responsibilities or qualifications. Benefits list is only a highlight of some of the benefits offered to team members; eligibility for certain benefits apply.