Sr. Associate Counsel - Tampa Bay Lightning (Tampa · FL)

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Job Summary:
Reporting to the SVP, Legal and Business Affairs, the Sr. Associate Counsel is responsible for providing comprehensive legal support and service to all departments and business units within the Vinik Sports Group (VSG) organization. This includes ensuring compliance with all Federal, State, and Local corporate filing requirements, reviewing, drafting, negotiating, managing, and enforcing business contracts and operational agreements, determining when to engage outside legal counsel and overseeing all such outside assignments including, but not limited to, litigation and labor issues, ensuring compliance with all applicable law as well as NHL rules and regulations, preparing the Legal Department Budget and managing in compliance with approved financial parameters, presenting relevant legal educational seminars to operating departments, monitoring trends and  staying abreast of changes in the law within the Company’s areas of operation, supervising and mentoring the development of Corporate Counsel, and assisting the SVP, Legal and Business Affairs and VSG Executives on other legal matters, as requested.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 
  • Support the VSG organization and the SVP, Legal and Business Affairs on all transactional matters, and collaborate on corporate legal strategies
  • Ensure timely and accurate filing of all corporate annual reports and other filings as required by law
  • Evaluate and determine which corporate commercial agreements including, but not limited to, sponsorships, loge, suite, and premium seat arrangements, event agreements, media rights, promotions, contests, raffles, leases, arena operations, and vendor commitments are to be assigned to Corporate Counsel and which are to be retained for drafting and preparation
  • Ensure compliance with all ADA and accessibility requirements for all venues and facilities managed or operated by the Company, including providing language for necessary signage and ensuring such signage is posted
  • File, defend, maintain, and enforce organization-wide trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property matters
  • Ensure compliance with all data privacy laws and educate internal departments on the requirements of same
  •  Analyze and assess all claims and litigation to determine possible trends and recommend remedial and pro-active corrective measures
  • Research various legal issues and provide written and oral legal opinions as needed and as requested
  • Supervise and mentor Corporate Counsel to ensure continued professional growth and development
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the CEO, COO, CFO, and/or SVP, Legal and Business Affairs
     
Qualifications: 
  • Bachelors’ Degree, and J.D. or LLM from an accredited law school
  • 7 to 10-years’ progressive, broad-based experience in a law firm or corporate legal department
  • Admission to the FL Bar and current status as a member in good standing
  • Superior record of professional achievement and recognition
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills, and a demonstrated ability to handle multiple matters simultaneously in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision/oversight
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written, to include proven experience negotiating with third parties, drafting contracts, legal agreements, and internal memoranda to department staff and Management
  • Working knowledge of the following areas of the law:
-     Copyrights, Trademarks, Intellectual Property
-    Data Privacy
-    Foundations and other not-for-profit organizations
  • Strong interpersonal skills including a positive attitude, the ability to work collaboratively and get along well with others, and commitment to team-oriented goals
  • Ability to work extended hours including weekends as required by deadlines, workload, and event schedule
  • Computer skills and proficiency with software programs including Word, Excel, and Power Point
 
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.