General Counsel (Chicago)

West Monroe Partners, LLC
Jul 02, 2024
Jul 30, 2024
Contract Type

West Monroe is seeking a General Counsel to join our team. The General Counsel will play a critical role in advising the executive team and other stakeholders on legal matters impacting the company's operations, business strategy, and compliance efforts. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience with corporate transactions, contract negotiation and risk management working within a professional services environment.

What you will be doing:

Legal Strategy and Compliance:

  • Develop and implement comprehensive legal strategies to support the company's business objectives while ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations, including employment, data and intellectual property protection, and privacy laws.
  • Monitor changes in laws and regulations affecting the tech consulting industry and advise on potential impact and necessary adjustments.
  • Source and oversee outside counsel relationships.

Litigation Management and Risk Management:

  • Manage and oversee all legal disputes, litigation, and regulatory proceedings involving the company, including oversight of outside counsel.
  • Identify and assess legal and other risks associated with business activities and propose risk mitigation strategies.

Corporate Governance:

  • Serve as Board Secretary.
  • Provide guidance on corporate governance matters, including best practices for board governance and company policies.
  • Assist in the preparation of board meeting materials and facilitate corporate governance processes.
  • Maintain corporate records and ensure compliance with corporate formalities and disclosures.

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

  • Lead or support legal due diligence efforts for potential mergers, acquisitions, or strategic partnerships.
  • Provide legal guidance throughout the M&A process, including structuring transactions, negotiating terms, and drafting transactional documents.
  • Collaborate with external advisors, such as investment bankers and accountants, to ensure legal compliance and optimize deal outcomes.

Legal Team Management:

  • Mentor a team of legal professionals, including attorneys, paralegal and contract managers in the U.S. and Costa Rica.
  • Allocate resources effectively and manage the function budget.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement in client service and efficiencies.

Contract Management and Negotiation:

  • Collaborate with the team responsible for the drafting, review, and negotiation of a wide range of contracts, including client agreements, vendor contracts, and partnership agreements.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to ensure contractual terms align with business objectives and mitigate legal risks.

International Expansion:

  • Oversee legal requirements associated with international expansion, currently in the U.K., Costa Rica and Mexico.

Employee Ownership Programs:

  • Advise on the design, implementation, and administration of employee ownership programs, such as stock option plans, restricted stock awards, and employee stock purchase plans.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable securities and fiduciary laws and regulatory requirements governing employee ownership arrangements.
  • Educate employees on the benefits and implications of participation in employee ownership programs and address any legal concerns or questions.

What you are great at:

  • You have a proven track record of providing strategic legal counsel to senior executives and leadership teams.
  • You bring strong negotiation skills and experience drafting and reviewing complex commercial contracts.
  • You possess deep understanding of corporate governance principles and laws and best practices relevant to the consulting industry.
  • You bring excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • You thrive in a fast–paced environment and manage multiple priorities with a high degree of professionalism and integrity.

What else you bring:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited law school and active membership in good standing with the bar association.
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience practicing law, with a focus on corporate and commercial law.
  • Experience in mergers and acquisitions, including conducting due diligence, negotiating transactional documents, and managing post–closing integration efforts.
  • Familiarity with employee ownership structures and programs, such as share purchase programs and equity–based compensation arrangements.
  • Ability to be in–person three days a week.

Based on pay transparency guidelines, a reasonable expectation for the salary range for this role is listed below. Information on our competitive total rewards package, including our bonus structure and benefits is here . Individual salaries are determined by evaluating a variety of factors including geography, experience, skills, education, and internal equity. Employees in proximity of our Seattle, Washington DC, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco offices will have a geographic premium applied to this salary scale.

Employees (and their families) are covered by medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance. Employees are able to enroll in our company's 401k plan, purchase shares from our employee stock ownership program and be eligible to receive annual bonuses. Employees will also receive unlimited flexible time off and ten paid holidays throughout the calendar year. Ten weeks of paid parental leave will also be available for use after successful completion of one year of employment.


$385,000 – $445,000 USD

West Monroe is a digital services firm that partners with companies in transformative industries to deliver quantifiable financial value. We believe that digital is a mindset and it's something companies become, not something they do. We bring together diverse, multidisciplinary teams that use their expertise to develop and execute new ideas and ways of working.

At West Monroe, we invest in our people and care in a big way. We are growing the next generation of leaders who lead with inclusion, enabling us to address our clients' most complex challenges. If you're looking for a place where you'll feel supported, our team will help you grow. We believe that growth breeds opportunity for all. And know that when we come together, we can do what's never been done.

Our fast–paced culture and collaborative teams bring the energy and expertise needed to make an impact and deliver beyond expectations. If you are ready to set big goals with us , j oin us on our journey of building what matters for our clients, our people, and our communities.

West Monroe is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
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