General Counsel

Employer
Ownwell Inc.
Location
Austin
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jul 02, 2024
Closes
Jul 30, 2024
Practice
Litigation
Position
Counsel
Contract Type
Permanent

About the Role

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic General Counsel to join our fast–growing company. Reporting to the CEO, the General Counsel will oversee all legal matters, providing strategic guidance to the executive team. This role is pivotal in ensuring the company's compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, managing risk, and supporting business objectives.

In summary, the role of a General Counsel is multifaceted and requires a deep understanding of various legal domains, strong strategic thinking, and excellent interpersonal skills. This role will play a critical role in safeguarding the company's legal interests and ensuring its long–term success.

Responsibilities:
  1. Legal Strategy and Compliance:
  • Develop and implement the company's legal strategy.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.
  • Advise the executive team on legal implications of business decisions.
  • Serve as Corporate Secretary and advise the senior management and the board of directors on all legal, compliance and related matters
  • Draft, review, negotiate, and manage contracts and agreements with customers, vendors, partners, and investors
  • Risk Management:
    • Identify and mitigate potential legal risks.
    • Develop policies and procedures to minimize legal risks.
    • Oversee internal audits and compliance checks.
    • Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, such as data privacy, antitrust, securities, and consumer protection
  • Contract Management:
    • Draft, review, and negotiate contracts and agreements.
    • Ensure that all contracts comply with legal requirements and company policies.
    • Manage contract disputes and resolutions.
  • Manage and coordinate litigation and dispute resolution matters
    • Work with external legal counsel as needed.
    • Develop strategies for dispute resolution and litigation avoidance.
    • File litigation on behalf of property tax customers or coordinate externally
  • Corporate Governance:
    • Advise the board of directors on corporate governance issues.
    • Ensure that the company adheres to best practices in corporate governance.
    • Maintain corporate records and documentation.
    • Select, evaluate and effectively manage external legal counsel and vendors in a cost–effective manner
  • Intellectual Property:
    • Protect and enforce the company's intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
    • Manage trademarks, patents, and copyrights.
    • Address any IP infringement issues.
  • Be a thought partner to the business through close functional partnership
    • Stay abreast of emerging legal trends and developments in the software industry and provide proactive guidance and training to the business units
    • Collaborate with the People team on creating and maintaining a compliant workplace through thoughtful policy design and managing employee relations
  • New Product Development
    • Research and assess risks associated with new product development and potential opportunities
    • Coordinate with external counsel as needed for new products within real estate, financial, insurance, lending, and other industries

    Competencies

    • Ownwell core values reflect your ethos.
    • You care about Ownwell's mission and making an impact for all types of property owners.
    • You are passionate about what you do and bring a thoughtful perspective to the function as well as overall organization.
    • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school and admission to the state bar.
    • At least 10 years of relevant legal experience, preferably in the real estate or prop tech space or in a law firm serving real estate clients.
    • Expertise in contracts, compliance, litigation, intellectual property, corporate governance, and employment law.
    • Excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.
    • Strong business acumen and strategic thinking.
    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast–paced and dynamic environment.
    • High ethical standards and integrity.