General Corporate Counsel

Colony Brands, Inc.
Mar 01, 2023
Mar 24, 2023
Contract Type
Colony Brands is one of North America's largest and most successful direct marketing catalog and e–Commerce companies. Our enterprise has grown from a premier mail–order cheese company to include a diverse portfolio of subsidiaries, brands, and products, while maintaining our roots as a private, customer–centric business based in Monroe, WI. We work together with several affiliate businesses ranging from IT and financial services to corporate aviation to contribute to the continued success of our enterprise. Our continued success is dependent on living our values and supporting a motivated, high–performing workforce.

We are seeking General Counsel who will build on that success by not only providing legal counsel to our teams, but by also building strong relationships across businesses and serving as a trusted partner to the executive and leadership teams of Colony Brands and its affiliates. Our ideal candidate is a seasoned, steady leader with legal experience in the credit, marketing, or retail space. If you're looking for a role that offers variety in your day and work, then this role may be a good fit for you!

What You'll Do:
As General Counsel, you'll serve as the chief legal advisor to the leadership team and board of directors, giving you the opportunity to positively impact a stable, family–owned, people–oriented company in business since 1926. Your primary responsibility will be maintaining the integrity of the company.

The General Counsel reports to the CEO & President of Colony Brands and the senior executive of the subsidiaries and affiliates and their respective Boards of Directors. You will provide direct leadership to Associate General Counsel and one Legal Assistant in addition to managing the work direction, selection, and budget of outside counsel.
You will be accountable for partnering with the organization's varied companies, lines of business, and key stakeholders to provide accurate and timely counsel in a variety of legal topics and areas (employment, retail, credit, contracts, corporate organizations and finance, intellectual property, privacy, etc.) as a trusted subject matter expert to simultaneously mitigate risk and support business objectives.
You'll also be responsible for:
• Understanding the complexities of the enterprise
• Maintaining current knowledge of legislation of key areas of law pertinent to the company(ies)
• Identifying and addressing potential legal issues and regulatory risks for current activities, operations, and strategic initiatives; identifying outside counsel experts as needed
• Overseeing the legal matters of the business, acting as the businesses' legal representative
• Communicating, managing, and negotiating with external parties (regulators, outside firms/lawyers, public authorities, etc.)
• Cultivating and modeling our Core Values as a member of the executive team
• Negotiating, drafting and solidifying agreements, contracts, filings, and other legal documents to ensure each company's full legal rights
• Specifying internal governance policies and regularly monitoring compliance
• Keeping appropriate business records, board minutes, and stock transactions as corporate Secretary or Assistant Secretary
• Leading the legal aspects of potential acquisitions of the purchase or sale of key assets
• Communicating with shareholders or their representatives