Associate General Counsel

Stikeman Elliott LLP - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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Stikeman Elliott LLP is seeking a business-savvy lawyer with an analytical and strategic mindset to join our team in the newly created position of Associate General Counsel.

In this national legal position, you will work closely with our General Counsel playing a critical role in providing legal advice to the firm leadership, including hands-on legal support in connection with business and commercial matters, enterprise risk management practices, policy development and implementation, and professional obligations.

Key Responsibilities

In collaboration with the General Counsel:
Advise the leadership team on legal obligations and issues affecting the firm, its business and clients, and the legal industry
Keep the Executive Committee and Managing Partners abreast of changes in legislation and case law affecting the firm, and recommend practical actions, policies, procedures and guidelines to operationalize changes
Provide ongoing advice and recommendations on privacy and information security working with the firm’s IT, KM, Talent Management and business services teams and the firm’s client requirements in a constantly evolving environment
Support the firm’s Talent Management teams with advice on employment matters and best practices
Review and assess key commercial contracts and client agreements, providing practical advice and ensuring a coordinated Firm-wide approach for third party agreements
Continuously support and enhance the Firm’s enterprise risk management program working with leadership, internal audit and business services teams to align framework and operations with best practices
Develop and support education programs for lawyers and staff on key professional and legal issues affecting the firm and our clients
Coordinate and manage internal teams and outside counsel for legal issues, as needed

Qualifications and Experience
Law degree and excellent academic qualifications from an accredited law school
Member in good standing of a Canadian law society / bar
8+ years of experience providing corporate commercial/transaction experience in a full-service law firm
In-house experience would be an asset

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes
Excellent legal analytical and strategic thinking skills combined with ability to explain complex legal issues in simple, practical and succinct terms
Strong business acumen, good judgment and pragmatic ability to provide business oriented legal advice
Excellent organizational, operational, change management and project management skills with proven ability to manage multiple responsibilities and projects with competing priorities and deadlines
Strong presentation skills with the confidence to lead training programs for lawyers and staff
Exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills; approachable demeanor with ability to quickly build rapport and communicate with a diverse range of people at all levels in the organization
Confidence to make well thought-out recommendations and provide strategic advice at executive and Board level
Proven ability to effectively handle challenging situations in a time sensitive manner
Some travel required from time to time

Stikeman Elliott is committed to accommodating people with disabilities as part of our hiring process. If you have special requirements, please advise our Talent Management team during the recruitment process