General Counsel

Lasko Products
Published
March 13, 2021
Location
West Chester, PA
Category
Job Type

Description

Lasko Products, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of portable fans and heaters for over 100 years, is seeking a General Counsel to join our team.  The General Counsel will provide comprehensive management of all legal matters impacting the company, litigation and claims, review and approval of contracts, labor and employment, and overall legal risk management across all areas of Lasko’s business. He/she will serve as a hands-on legal advisor, providing results-oriented and business-minded counsel to the CEO, Executive Management and the Board of Directors, as well as providing critical counsel and advice to management and staff.  The position reports to the CEO.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide experienced commercial and business judgment to the Executive Leadership team and operating unit executives, assisting them in risk assessment and mitigation throughout all the company’s business operations.
  • Oversee, manage and advise the company on the status of all litigation, settlement negotiation and dispute resolution activities.
  • Identify, analyze and interpret contract issues, laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and other complex written materials impacting the business, and provide expert advice and recommendations with the development of corporate decisions and policies.
  • Advise on environmental and safety matters globally.
  • Act as the primary interface between the company and law firms in environmental, employment, product liability and litigation matters pending in courts and administrative agencies
  • Draft, review and negotiate a wide variety of commercial, customer and supplier contracts and agreements.
  • Manage and oversee intellectual property, trademark renewals, and patent maintenance fees and any matters related to litigation.
  • Manage and mitigate legal risks through the creation of policies, processes, and procedures based on the latest legal trends and developments designed to avoid risk and promote business initiatives effectively.
  • Review and advise on compliance with all laws and regulations that apply to the business, including safety, products performance claims and federal and local labor requirements related to both unionized and non-unionized environments.
  • Participate in and support the company’s merger and acquisition activity, engaging the Board, external counsel and other constituents in various activities related to the successful closing and integration of transactions.
  • Identify, select and manage external counsel partnerships. Provide guidance and support relationships with the company’s insurance brokers and other key constituents as required.

Personal and Leadership Qualities

  • High energy and performance-driven
  • Strong financial and overall business acumen to serve as advisor to the CEO and Executive Leadership Team
  • Capable of working in a collaborative environment; proven ability to influence major decisions having legal ramifications through reasoned analysis
  • Attorney who builds credibility by rolling up his/her sleeves and providing hands-on legal support to stakeholders across an organization
  • Uses knowledge and exercises sound judgment of the law to advise on risk/reward tradeoffs, evaluating legal issues in the context of larger enterprise goals
  • Extreme attention to detail and high level of accuracy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Requirements

  • Juris Doctor (JD) from a top-tier law school
  • Admitted as a member in good standing in the Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Approximately 15 years of legal experience, ideally gained at a highly regarded law firm coupled with successful in-house General Counsel or Assistant General Counsel experience in a fast-paced, complex and multi-business unit and multi-location organization.
  • Strong knowledge of laws, regulations, industry guidelines and other requirements relevant to consumer products/durables industry including CPSC, EPA and regulatory testing, i.e., UL, Intertek
  • Direct experience handling product liability claims.  Experience with contract law, and employment law matters.
  • Fast paced-consumer goods (durables) experience a plus.
  • Experience negotiating a wide variety of complex commercial agreements and contracts.
  • In depth experience providing counsel and guidance on labor and employment issues; Collective Bargaining knowledge a plus.
  • Admitted as a member in good standing in the Pennsylvania Bar Association

Lasko Products is an equal employment opportunity employer. We attract and retain the best qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, individuals with disability or veteran status as provided by law.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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