Corporate Counsel

US, Washington, Seattle, Corporate
Legal
Full Time

Who We Are:
Brooks is a team of passionate people united by a desire to do meaningful work, lead healthy lives and make a difference. We share a focused mission: to inspire everyone to run and be active. That’s it. No distractions—it’s all about the run. Through science, creativity, service, authenticity and connection, we obsess over delivering the best running gear on the planet. We do it our way, with our unique spirit, with a goal of being more relevant to runners than any other brand, day after day and mile after mile. We are determined to innovate, challenging ourselves to lead thought at every turn. Inside these walls and on the roads, tracks and trails, we live and breathe Run Happy, celebrating the positive impact running has on our lives and others. We inject it into all we do because it makes everything better, smarter, more fun and more memorable. Our company culture defines us, bonds us together and creates the conditions for success. It is lived daily as a behavioral expression of our collective set of brand values: Serve People, Lead Thought, Play As a Team, Compete Every Day, Demonstrate Integrity, Have Fun and Be Active. If you’re on our team, it means you’re part of creating something extraordinary. You’re part of Brooks.

The Corporate Counsel is responsible for providing well-informed, timely, effective, hands-on and practical legal guidance and support to internal departments of Brooks Sports, Inc. The Corporate Counsel will provide guidance on a variety of legal and business issues, act to ensure that the company’s interests are protected and manage day-to-day legal functions. This person will become familiar with business operations and objectives, and identify, analyze and develop strategies to resolve complex legal issues. 

Responsibilities:

    • IP portfolio management. Manage trademarks, patents, design patents, copyrights, and domain names for Brooks and its subsidiaries. This work includes trademark clearance, prosecution, and dispute management (oppositions and cancellation actions).   
    • Negotiate, draft and review a broad range of commercial contracts, including international distribution agreements, technology contracts, and all contracts with privacy or intellectual property considerations.   
    • Manage disputes, conduct internal investigations, gather and respond to discovery, coordinate with outside counsel, manage litigation and project budgets, and negotiate settlement agreements.  
    • Advise on a range of commercial governance issues, including privacy, antitrust, employment, pricing, and data protection. Recommend and execute policy and procedural changes as appropriate.  
    • Provide legal counsel to e-commerce, sales and marketing teams regarding advertising, promotions, domain name and social media issues.  Periodically review marketing materials for legal compliance.
    • Provide legal guidance for subsidiaries as needed.  Manage corporate governance recordkeeping.  

Qualifications:

    • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school and state bar admission.
    • 3-5 years of relevant experience.  Prior in-house and contract drafting experience a plus.
    • Ability to evaluate and weigh legal and business issues effectively and realistically. 
    • Ability to clearly and concisely explain legal situations to business persons and other non-lawyers and motivate them to take appropriate actions.
    • Ability to achieve optimum legal and business outcomes in a timely manner by focusing on key objectives, seeking efficient legal solutions, prioritizing multiple matters and issues, and avoiding unnecessary disputes.
    • Passion for an active, healthy lifestyle a plus.  

Brooks Sports, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and our policy is to maintain employment practices that conform to the intent and letter of the laws regarding equal employment opportunity. Brooks is committed to affording equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran or military status, marital status, sexual preference, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local laws or regulations. This commitment applies to all phases of the recruitment process including hiring, selection, promotions, transfers, demotions, compensation, benefits, or training. Brooks will endeavor to make reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with known disabilities, unless doing so would result in an undue business hardship or a direct threat to the health or safety of any individual.