Counsel - Social Media & `Intellectual Property

Columbus, OH
Full Time
Job #: 55780 Exp.: 6+ Years
This position is a vital member of the Marketing & Intellectual Property Legal Team, which handles legal issues involving intellectual property, social media, marketing, advertising, domain names, and sponsorships.

The position has primary responsibility for several vital areas:
  • legal support for social media – reviewing content, drafting agreements, and providing real-time guidance on high profile issues;
  • protecting the valuable Nationwide brand through our trademarks -- strategy, prosecution, maintenance, and enforcement;
  • drafting and negotiating IP license agreements, and IP-related language in other contracts.
This high performer will also work on other exciting, high-profile projects on our dynamic team.
  • To succeed, the lawyer must be able to master “the speed of social media,” along with its language and technology. This means flexibility, a self-motivated sense of urgency, and a passionate sense of ownership for both process and results. Knowing the law is important, but this job also requires an ability to apply it to new circumstances in “real time,” and develop pragmatic business solutions.
  • The position is the primary point of contact for several important teams, and works daily with both new employees and senior leaders – so the candidate must have excellent judgment, professionalism, and a presence that inspires confidence with audiences at all levels.
  • Our team doesn’t operate in a vacuum. The complex nature of our work also requires the ability to effectively coordinate and collaborate with teams across the company.

Job Description
Reporting Relationships: May report to VP / AVP / Managing Counsel. May have supervisory responsibility for a small group of legal resources within an area of law. Typically has fewer than 3 direct reports.

Core Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provides expert advice on routine and complex legal matters in an area of responsibility. Regularly attends business partner meetings to better understand business processes and needs.
  • Actively identifies and logically assesses potential legal risks in both routine and ambiguous, unique and/or complex business situations. Creates valuable risk management/mitigation recommendations leveraging sound risk assessment information to further achieve complex business objectives. Drafts necessary legal documents and develops conclusions and recommendations.
  • Assists business partners in addressing situations of high legal exposure or risk; understands overall business risk tolerance and considers it in the context of risk management strategies and actions. Has some input into or influence on Company decision-making.
  • Creates practical and effective solutions to complex legal issues with no established precedent; develops creative solutions to unique legal problems. May interact with persons outside of the Company on behalf of the organization.
  • At times, may take the lead role in matters that are complex, strategic or sensitive in nature. Understands the business partner's position and needs. Keeps senior leaders informed of case law and new legislation, as appropriate. Considers the long-term business and strategic consequences of possible outcomes. Delivers difficult messages or news, and challenges business partners when necessary; responds to challenges to advice and counsel directly and effectively.
  • Has a wide network of established relationships with associates at all levels within the OCLO and primarily mid-level and some senior level business partners.
  • Works independently and may lead virtual and/or formal teams on multiple complex group/client assignments. May have management responsibility for a small group of legal resources.
  • Occasionally leads virtual teams on tasks, projects or assignments. May train or mentor less experienced attorneys or paralegals on procedural, business or legal issues.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Typical Skills and Experiences:
  • Education: JD degree from an accredited law school. Maintains an active license in the state in which the position is located.
  • License/Certification/Designation: Currently licensed as an attorney in an appropriate U.S. jurisdiction.
  • Experience: Developed legal expertise and business acumen recognized by key business partners. Typically has six or more years of relevant legal experience.
  • Knowledge: Has solid experience with or knowledge of an area of law; complex legal practices and procedures. Considered the subject matter expert regarding a specific product, service or specialty (employment, finance, regulatory, real estate, securities, tax, etc.). Sound business acumen and knowledge of the business goals and objectives as they relate to the matter at hand.

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