Ketchum U.S.

General Counsel

US-NY-New York | US-NC-Raleigh | US-TX-Dallas


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We’re looking for an experienced, business-minded, strategic General Counsel. Beyond the requisite leadership of control, compliance, and the legal affairs of the organization, the General Counsel will serve as trusted advisor to the Ketchum executive leadership team.


As the agency’s senior-most legal officer, the corporate counsel plays a primary role in safeguarding the company’s rights, assets, and public reputation; assessing, advising and managing legal and regulatory risk; assuring compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements and commitments, and adherence to relevant governance and reporting standards by defining standards and practices for business operations and overseeing compliance programs; and protecting and developing the Company’s reputation with regulatory and enforcement authorities.


As the senior legal advisor to the management team, the corporate counsel provides analysis, counsel and guidance on the implications and risks of strategic and operating plans and decisions. He or she is expected to engage closely with business decision-making and strategic planning for the enterprise and to support the implementation of strategy, including through mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, affiliation relationships, and entry into new territories or new business models; to monitor and advise on emerging trends in an evolving legal, regulatory, business and consumer environment.


Matters will include drafting and negotiating a high volume of commercial contracts and providing responsible, timely, and top-quality client service. Advanced knowledge of trademark and copyright, advertising, privacy and data use issues will be beneficial in this role. We want you to become a company resource for contract related questions and processes and someone the business can rely on for your expertise, and guidance. We also need someone to help to develop, implement and continually improve company and team processes and procedures.

About the Job

  • A skillful drafter and issue-spotter completely capable of assessing both legal and business risks
  • Drafting and negotiating a high volume of commercial contracts and providing responsible, timely, and top-quality client service
  • Experience with employee legal issues/areas, and ability to identify risks and coordinate with holding company counsel when necessary
  • Help shape our corporate strategy by providing legal perspective on all aspects of our business, working closely with the executive team to develop and implement policies and procedures designed to enhance business operations and compliance in support of our business goals
  • Draft, negotiate, and review a variety of agreements, including those in the areas of licensing, technology, advertising, purchasing, software, and services.
  • Stay abreast of developments affecting the company, its clients, and industries and synthesize the information to incorporate it into company’s transactional practices
  • In conjunction with key stakeholders create and implement corporate policies
  • Support litigation/dispute management, regulatory matters, and employment issues
  • Team-oriented nature and approach; ability to build solid, positive working relationships, and manage legal team as well as outside counsel in all global markets.
  • Detail-oriented; open to feedback on work product.
  • Negotiate vendor agreements for products and services that support the business
  • Serve as a role model for delivering an outstanding end to end client experience and activates others to do the same


  • 15 + years of transactional law experience, JD from an accredited law school, and bar admission is required
  • GC leadership experience in a Company, Division or Group-level company
  • Exposure to public company legal matters
  • International experience a plus as well as managing outside counsel
  • Management experience
  • M&A, litigation, antitrust, employment, technology, IP, data privacy, and compliance matters
  • Past leadership in litigation matters
  • Past leadership in M&A
  • Past leadership in crisis management situations
  • Experience in dealing with government agencies or personnel
  • Interest in legal department innovation and experience with legal contract and matter management tools

About Ketchum

As a global communications consultancy with 90 plus years of experience, Ketchum is a trusted partner who is equal parts creative and analytical. Ketchum is a place where all perspectives and points of view are welcome and encouraged. We are a collection of communications specialists, content creators, creatives, researchers, data analysts, media pros, digital strategists, issues and crisis counselors, and tech nerds. And we love when those worlds collide to create the very best teams and solutions for our clients. We work with the world’s leading brands, emerging start-ups, and everything in between. We are beyond proud to have created some of the most celebrated and award-winning campaigns in our industry. We’re just crazy enough to think we can impact the world – and how it responds to ideas – through communication.


We encourage our employees to be curious, brave, inspiring, and a force for good. Let’s talk. Come belong at Ketchum!


What we offer

  • Robust benefits program 
  • Generous time off policies 
  • Retirement program with company match 
  • Workplace flexibility 
  • Business casual dress code 
  • Workplace and off-site social gatherings 
  • Yoga @ work 
  • Professional learning and development opportunities 
  • Tuition reimbursement 
  • Paid maternity/paternity leave 
  • Transit benefits  

Interested?  We’ve got an opportunity for you.



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