Duties & Tasks
RESPONSIBILITIES—Corporate Legal Matters
- Advise on corporate governance matters and issues including preparing, managing, and implementing corporate governance and related policies
- Research and analyze applicable laws for the preparation of legal memoranda on behalf of the company
- Prepare annual corporate documents such as Corporate Annual Minutes, Annual Franchise Tax Reports, Shareholder Agreements
- Perform due diligence and render advice for transactions involving the company, including but not limited to intellectual property rights and obligations (trademark, copyright, patent), insurance coverage issues, tax planning
- Perform due diligence and render advice for special projects assigned from time to time by executives of the company.
- Work with executives on a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters
- Communicate and negotiate with third parties regarding corporate and commercial matters
- Advise management with respect to the legal implications of all major decisions, strategies and transactions of the company
- Represent the company with respect to asserted claims or legal proceedings
- Provide advice and counsel on union and non-union and employment law issues
- Provide advice and counsel and ensure compliance with federal, state and local labor law and employment regulations as it relates to the entertainment and payroll industry (I-9, W-2, W-4, etc)
- Coordinate systems necessary for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the company’s continued compliance with regulatory standards outlined by federal, state and local statutes
- Develop, implement, and improve corporate compliance policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations
- Communicate with senior management and legal staff as necessary to ensure the company is informed on regulatory issues and updates
- Anticipate and mitigate potential legal problems within the organization and develop strategies to avoid costly litigation and reduce potential areas of risk
RESPONSIBILITIES—Contracts and Agreements
- Assist with complex client service agreements and legal documents, and making suggestions for alterations of such documents
- Negotiate with outside parties, outside counsel, vendors and clients on complex contractual issues and legal disputes
- Assist with Music Licensing & Administration
- Negotiate and administer agreements for Music Licensing
- Assist Business Affairs staff with negotiation and administration of Music Licensing
- Assist with Minor Employment inquiries
- Respond to staff and client inquiries regarding employment of minors in entertainment for all 50 states as well as offshore
- Assist clients with documentation for permits to employ minors as needed; maintain log of client minor permit documentation; send reminders to clients for renewals of expiring permits to employ minors
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Extensive knowledge of federal, state and local labor law and employment regulations as it relates to the entertainment industry and payroll operations.
- Knowledge of labor law nationwide – state and federal level, with emphasis on California and New York.
- Knowledge of government and entertainment/advertising industry rules and regulations for payroll.
- Extensive knowledge and understanding of union and non-union labor and employment law issues
- Experience providing advice and counsel on union and non-union and employment law issues
- Knowledge of SAG-AFTRA, AFM, DGA, IATSE, & Teamster labor agreements in relationship to payroll and pension payments
- Knowledge of Advertising Talent Management, Business Affairs and entertainment industry union agreements.
- Knowledge of business contracts and experience in negotiating terms of agreement with clients.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; ability to communicate clearly and accurately with clients, colleagues and staff.
- PC Computer skills including Microsoft 365–Outlook, Word, Excel, etc– and ability and willingness to learn new and/or proprietary computer applications as required.
- Basic office skills and abilities, knowledge of standard office equipment – computers, phones, copiers, fax, etc.
- Professional interaction with colleagues, team members and other department staff as well as management and executives in a business office setting.
- Exercise sound professional judgment in decision-making regarding areas of responsibility, as well as when referring matters outside of this position’s purview to appropriate executives.
- Organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Flexibility and multi-tasking abilities
- Ability to work well under pressure.
Credentials, Experience & Education
- Minimum Educational requirement: JD from Accredited ABA law school, member of the California or New York bar
- Minimum of 10 years experience in similar position
No relocation. No phone calls, please!