Associate General Counsel

Union Square Hospitality Group - New York, NY3.7

Union Square Hospitality Group is seeking an Associate General Counsel to join the team!

The Associate General Counsel will be joining a small but dynamic legal department and assists the Chief Legal Officer on a broad range of general corporate and commercial matters, including commercial contracting, subsidiary management, corporate governance, corporate compliance, financing arrangements and other general corporate matters. This candidate will also be expected to assist the Chief Legal Officer in the management of claims and litigation, data privacy and information security issues, real estate matters, liquor licensing and a trademark portfolio. Much of the work will require close collaboration with our subsidiaries’ businesses and leaders throughout USHG.

We are a Values-Driven Company that is committed to creating great work experiences for our people with lots of growth opportunities for advancement.

As an important member of our team, you’ll receive:
Full Health, Dental, and Vision insurance
Paid Time Off to support you in having an active life outside of work
Paid Parental Leave (yes! even as an hourly employee!)
Money to spend in our restaurants and a 20% discount (and we’ve won 28 James Beard awards)
Discounts toward gym memberships, spas, transit passes and hotels – just to name a few…
401(k) to help you invest in your future- and you can take it with you when you leave
Access to more than 50 Learning and Development programs to support your growth & development
Access to Mentor Programs and Career Development advice to help you navigate your career options with us

Key Responsibilities:
Advise on risks and liabilities of proposed commercial transactions and devise creative and practical legal solutions to meet business objectives
Structure, draft and negotiate a wide variety of commercial and other agreements supporting USHG’s marketing, information technology, accounting and business development departments
Provide advice and counsel to business team leaders on a wide variety of legal matters (marketing, commercial, technology and e-commerce, data privacy and information security, real estate, liquor licensing and trademark) in consultation with other members of the legal team and/or outside counsel, as necessary
Assist the Chief Legal Officer in corporate governance matters
Oversee relationships with outside counsel, including managing matter and subsidiary budgets
Lead initiatives to strengthen the legal department through systems improvements and the preparation, implementation and refinement of forms, processes and procedures
Provide substantive support for the legal team on an as-needed basis and keep abreast of applicable laws and industry guidance that impact the company’s commercial agreements and business practices
Obtain and maintain a strong knowledge of the company, its mission, strategy and values, service offerings and objectives of supported business units

J.D. with top academic credentials
Admitted and in good and active standing to practice law in New York
5+ years’ experience as a corporate law generalist in a major law firm
Highly intelligent as well as a high EQ with exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to develop relationships
Detail-oriented, organized, efficient and resourceful with strong follow-through skills
Excellent written, verbal and analytical skills, with an ability to communicate complex issues in a simple way and to orchestrate plans to resolve issues and mitigate risks
Strong negotiation skills and ability to interact with legal and business leaders internally and externally
Hands on, team-oriented approach with flexibility and positive attitude
Superior contract drafting and verbal communication skills
Acumen to effectively balance compliance with the law against business goals and initiatives
Creative problem solver with the ability to quickly and accurately assess legal risks
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects with a customer service attitude
Hard-working and a self-starter with the ability to operate independently with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment and meet tight deadlines
Process-oriented with desire for constant improvement and development of best practices
Strong integrity and commitment to ethics