Senior Attorney

Grand Rapids, MI

Senior Lawyer

The MiHIN Group of Companies is seeking a senior lawyer to join its growing Legal Department.  This Senior Lawyer oversees activities of the legal team and deals with complex legal transactions, identifying legal issues and offering MiHIN’s businesses and its consumers optimum solutions.

The Senior Lawyer predominately specializes in corporate legal service and licensing work. He/she also specializes on corporate governance work which is inclusive of legal services operations, business integrated work processes, contracts, complaints, and so forth.

Objectives and Responsibilities of the Senior Lawyer

Management: The Senior Lawyer plays a senior counselor role where h/she oversees the junior lawyers’ legal representation of the businesses on all corporate matters. The Senior Lawyer also takes a leading role, alongside the Chief Legal Counsel, in determining the legal direction and strategy of the businesses.

H/She provides significant input in the development and implementation of legal compliance policies and procedures.  H/She additionally counsels colleagues and develops appropriate relationships for the legal department with internal departments across the enterprise, and externally with major customers and vendors, as well as, with state authorities and government officials.

Legal Advice: The Senior Lawyer is charged with providing cross-functional team leaders with legal advice through corporate transactions.  In this position, the Senior Lawyer identifies legal issues within the business and provides legal analyses and possible legal solutions.

H/She gives recommendations for addressing critical legal and policy issues in order to ensure that the businesses’ legal and overall objectives are met. The Senior Lawyer offers advice to departmental leaders across the enterprise on applicable laws and the interpretation of legal documents in a manner that avails a practical legal approach while properly managing the risks to the businesses.

Legal Drafting: The Senior Lawyer also leads the junior lawyers and paralegals in handling various drafting tasks, inclusive of various complex contracts and develops and documents standard terms and conditions for the businesses’ consumers.

Collaboration: The role of the Senior Lawyer is a highly collaborative role and in this position he/she works closely with the Chief Legal Counsel, junior lawyers and paralegals in developing contracts, reviewing, negotiating, and interpreting a wide array of business/corporate agreements as well as conducting research on licensing issues. The Senior Lawyer also works closely with enterprise vice presidents, business directors and senior managers in addressing a variety of corporate legal issues that heighten the legal risks to the businesses and enterprise.

H/She will also work with the Chief Legal Counsel in enabling ongoing standard improvements on contracts, approval processes etc. while offering the relevant departments training on the same. The Senior Lawyer will further work with the businesses’ consumers by clearly and effectively providing timely and practical legal advice on any complex issues that they may have.

Knowledge: The Senior Lawyer is responsible for keeping the department and the businesses at large informed on new laws, regulations, and industry trends that affect the businesses as well as assisting with the development of policies and training as necessary.

Other Duties: The Senior Lawyer will also perform other similar duties as h/she deems appropriate for the proper execution of his/her duties and duties as delegated by the Chief Legal Counsel.

Requirements of the Senior Lawyer

Education: The Senior Lawyer must have received a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school. 

Licensure:  The Senior Lawyer must be an active member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan.

Experience: A candidate for this position should have at least 5 years of working experience in a corporate legal environment, preferably working as a junior lawyer. The candidate should also have experience in corporate legal practice both at a big law firm (AM LAW 200 preferred) and as an in-house lawyer (Fortune 500 preferred) within a corporate setting.

The candidate will similarly have had experience working in a legal corporate capacity providing legal advice on general corporate matters such as mergers and acquisitions, finance, taxation, contracts, etc.  A suitable candidate will further demonstrate substantial experience working on corporate governance issues as well as experience working at all levels of management consulting with senior business leadership and stakeholders.

Communication Skills: The Senior Lawyer, like the junior lawyer, will demonstrate exceptionally good communication skills both in written and verbal form. The Senior Lawyer’s position is a sensitive position that demands that its occupant convey massages and instructions clearly to collaborating personnel across the businesses as well as externally to the businesses’ partners and governing bodies.

The Senior Lawyer will further need exceptional communication skills in his/her legal drafting capacity since legal documentation needs to clear, concise, unambiguous, and conclusive, leaving no room for subsequent misinterpretation or exploitation.

Legal Skills: The candidate must also possess certain legal skills that will make him/her a more suitable candidate. The candidate must similarly be familiar with the state and federal copyright and privacy laws.  H/She must further demonstrate skills in drafting numerous forms legal documentation, for example, negotiating contracts, non-disclosure agreements, terms and conditions, among others.

H/She must also be highly knowledgeable of legal principles specifically on finance matters such as taxation and be up to date with the existent and emerging company law legislation and practices.

MS Office: The Senior Lawyer must be technology adept and have excellent computer skills. H/She must display exceptionally good MS Office, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint skills that will be necessary for the drafting of various legal documents and for the creation of engaging presentations.

Interpersonal Skills: The Senior Lawyer must be a strategic and creative thinker, be result oriented as well as detail oriented, be flexible and welcoming to change, have excellent and organizational and planning skills, an ability to manage numerous simultaneous projects and meet tight deadlines, be meticulous and have a keen eye for detail, have exceptionally good problem solving skills, and possess the ability to remain calm and composed during times of uncertainty and stress.

People Skills: The Senior Lawyer must be a people person and be capable of forming strong, lasting, and meaningful relationships with others while maintaining firm adherence to legal standards. H/She will demonstrate confidence but remain approachable and relatable, which will inspire confidence and trust in others who will then trust in his/her insights and judgments and follow in his/her advice.

Location:  The Senior Lawyer will be co-located with MiHIN’s Legal Department in East Lansing or Ann Arbor, Michigan.  No relocation services are offered with the position.   

JOB SKILLS REQUIRED FOR SENIOR LAWYER

  • PERSUASION
  • CONFLICT RESOLUTION
  • STRESS MANAGEMENT
  • WRITING REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
  • BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

SYNONYMS AND VERY SIMILAR JOBS

Senior Attorney, Senior Commercial Lawyer, Senior Legal Counsel, Senior Counsel, Senior Corporate Counsel, Senior Counsel - Commercial Transactions