Assistant General Counsel

Core LabHouston, TX

The Assistant General Counsel reports to the General Counsel. Together, they are responsible for handling and/or managing all legal matters that affect the Company including, but not limited to, identifying and analyzing legal issues, drafting key documents, presenting clear and practical solutions, and assuring legal compliance within the scope of established law. The Assistant General Counsel will be expected to assist the General Counsel and operations in the broad range of legal issues that arise in the Company’s operations.
The successful candidate will have at least 5 years of law firm experience, preferably with a background in general business litigation and/or labor and employment law. The candidate’s responsibilities will include handling and/or managing a variety of domestic and international legal matters, with a focus on litigation, compliance, and internal investigations. This position will work actively with internal clients across our global footprint and requires the ability to travel and work extended hours when necessary.
The ideal candidate will have a mix of law firm and in-house litigation experience, experience conducting internal investigations, and the ability to interact effectively and cooperatively at all levels in the organization, including with executives, employees, attorneys, staff, and outside advisors.
Key responsibilities include:
  • Provide day-to-day practical advice and counseling regarding general labor and employment issues in relation to our global workforce located in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, including on matters relating to discrimination, disability accommodation, hiring, performance management and discharge, wage and hour, wrongful termination, employee privacy, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, employment matters in connection with M&A, and protection of trade secrets.
  • Manage all facets of pre-litigation and litigation matters in various areas of the law, including employment, real estate, intellectual property, and commercial contracts, as well as assist with the assessment, selection, and supervision of outside counsel.
  • Conduct and supervise internal investigations involving allegations of breach of Company policies or possible illegal conduct, including formulating investigation strategies, conducting interviews, obtaining, and analyzing evidence, preparing investigation reports, and presenting investigative results to executives and senior management.
  • Monitor the Company’s ethics and compliance helpline.
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute global initiatives to assist in managing compliance risks, including compliance training, policy drafting, and global risk assessments. Assist with developing and updating corporate policies designed to maintain legal compliance in such areas as anti-bribery laws, export compliance sanctions, and other regulatory and legal requirements both in the United States and internationally.
  • Assist with developing and updating legal presentations to employees worldwide on a variety of legal topics, including legal and regulatory compliance matters and Company policies.
  • Liaise with the Company’s customers and other stakeholders to explain the Company’s compliance program, assist with Know Your Client requests, and address any concerns about internal controls and compliance processes.
  • Conduct and supervise due diligence and assist with negotiating deal documents in relation to M&A transactions
  • Provide guidance to the Company’s Contracts Manager on indemnities, warranties and other material provisions of commercial contracts, international tenders and master service agreements with the Company’s customers.
  • Provide support on transactional matters as needed, including review and negotiation of real estate leases, purchase and sale agreements, intellectual property licenses, nondisclosure agreements, joint development agreements, distribution agreements and sales representative agreements.
  • Lead and assist in other special projects and legal initiatives.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Strong academic background, B.S./B.A and JD degrees
  • 5 – 7 years law firm experience required
  • Focused attention to detail and honed analytical skills;
  • Exceptional business judgment, with the ability to think strategically and give practical advice by balancing business needs with legal risks;
  • Strong presentation skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a variety of contacts, including attorneys, senior management, executives, and operations personnel;
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with global business clients, outside counsel and support staff;
  • Strong interpersonal skills dealing with employees at all levels within the organization;
  • Exceptional initiative and work ethic;
  • Flexibility and a willingness to adapt to changing needs of the organization and/or business clients;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, including the ability to manage competing priorities;
  • Ability to draft documents, policies, messages in a precise manner, while still being concise and digestible for non-lawyers;
  • Ability to thrive in an environment where coordination and teamwork is a priority while also being committed to individual accountability and results;
  • Willingness to be mentored and trained to meet the needs of the organization; and
  • Ability to learn quickly with an enthusiastic approach to the job.
  • Fluency in English required
  • Proficiency in Spanish, French or Russian helpful
  • State Bar of Texas membership in good standing
  • Candidates eligible to seek state bar reciprocity with Texas may be considered
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical activity is moderate and consistent with working in a normal office environment. The job does not involve regular strenuous physical activity, but due to needs for some travel and assignments that involve such things as inspection of documents and products could require movement of heavier material, then such requirements are listed. The employee may be asked to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Standard office equipment will be used (i.e. keyboard, computer, telephone, etc).
Some domestic and international travel, approximately 10% of the time, will be required in connection with division manager meetings, legal due diligence, compliance investigations, and corporate training. The remainder of the time position will be located in a normal office working environment. The noise level in the work environment will be moderate.

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