As a key member of the Executive Management team, Corporate Counsel will report to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). In this position, the Corporate Counsel shall provide legal counsel to the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board, CEO, CAO, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Divisional Vice Presidents, other senior management and staff. As a senior executive of the Company, the Corporate Counsel also acts as a strategic advisor to staff by providing advice and oversight in numerous areas — including contracts, human resources, ethics, privacy, transparency, data collection and storage, and regulatory and governmental changes and compliance.
Board of Directors (BOD)
Work with BOD on the address of any legal issues associated with Board activities.
Review and comment on owner contracts, and represent the Company in negotiations of contract terms and conditions with owner and / or owner representatives.
Dialog / mentor of staff with regard to owner contract contractual or business terms that need to be considered in project pricing and / or project implementation.
Review Subcontractor exceptions / qualifications on the Company’s Master Subcontract Agreement (MSA), Subcontractor Agreements and / or Contractor Service Agreement (CSA) documentation.
Maintain all Master MSA, CSA and other contract documentation current and in compliance with Federal, State and local laws.
Review all other contract documentation utilized in the course of the Company’s business activities with BOD on the address of any legal issues associated with Board activities.
Provide legal support to the Operations Group (Divisional VP, Project Executives, Project Managers, Assistant Project Managers, Project Engineers, Project Coordinators, General Superintendents and Superintendents) with regard to any legal issues associated with projects.
Participate in all Operations’ legal issues, and coordinate with outside counsel where required, on any mediation, arbitration or litigations where such legal services cannot be provided by Corporate Counsel.
Finance | Accounting
Work with CFO, Staff Accountants, Divisional VP’s, Project Executives and Project Managers on managing Mechanics Lien requirements on projects, namely: prepare and issue client letter advising of pending lien(s); file lien(s) and lien releases with appropriate Jurisdictional authorities; arrange for lien bonds as and if required; provide legal support to the Accounting group on any client or subcontractor payment or accounts receivable issues.
Provide legal counsel, support and risk assessment to the Company on employment matters, including advising the Human Resources Manager on various employment related issues; draft and revise employment related agreements, documents, and policies and procedures; manage employment litigation; and assist with investigations and employee training.
Participate in all Human Resources’ legal issues, and coordinate with outside counsel where required, on any mediation, arbitration or litigations where such legal services cannot be provided by Corporate Counsel.
Employee Stock Owner Plan (ESOP)
As the Company is an ESOP, Corporate Counsel will be required to understand all legal requirements associated with the ESOP administration.
Participate in all ESOP legal issues, and coordinate with outside counsel where required, on any ESOP legal matters where such legal services cannot be provided by Corporate Counsel.
Safety | OSHA
Work with CAO and Safety Manager on the address of any legal issues associated with Safety and / or OSHA (e.g. citations).
Participate in any accident or incident investigations.
Provide legal counsel and support on any corporate transactions, including M&A, product acquisitions and licensing
Provide legal counsel and risk assessments related to state and federal regulatory issues or any other legal considerations associated with the Company’s business.
Evaluate potential litigation and take proactive measures to prevent potential litigation.
Participate in the address of all legal disputes, and coordinate with outside counsel where required, on any legal matters where such legal services cannot be provided by Corporate Counsel.
Government Changes and Compliance
Research and oversee compliance and regulatory issues.
Ensure the Company’s compliance with government and corporate governance requirements.
Proactively identify legal and regulatory trends and provide related advice.
Counsel, advise and train internal staff to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, contractual terms and conditions, lien legislation, company legal policies and procedures, etc.
Provide general business counsel and perform other related duties as assigned.
Be familiar with the industry’s policies, practices, and procedures.
Manage your legal case load with substantial independence, creativity and autonomy.
Build relationships with internal staff through an open and collaborative style.
Coordinate with external counsel when specialized legal issues arise and lead managing the work provided by external counsel and the budget for those services.
Develop a thorough understanding of the Company’s businesses, strategies, external commercial marketplace and regulatory environment.
Perform legal research in all areas as requested
Juris Doctor Degree with good academics from a top national or regional law school. Must be admitted to the bar in the State of California, with 10+ years’ experience with a major law firm or corporate legal department, in positions of increasing responsibility, such as associate general counsel or partner.
Experience in the construction field is preferred, and broad business experience that aligns with that of the company's is highly preferred and experience with Sarbanes-Oxley and corporate governance mandates.