Assistant General Counsel
American Heart Association 210 reviews - Dallas, TX

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Join the American Heart Association and take your career on a Mission - to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. What's your motivation? Want satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives? At the American Heart Association we're working to prevent, treat and defeat our nation's No. 1 killer, cardiovascular disease. We have an excellent opportunity for an Assistant General Counsel located in our National Headquarters, Dallas, TX.

The Assistant General Counsel provides legal advice, opinions, services, documents and training to support the decisions, plans and activities of the American Heart Association, and manages the contract and intellectual property functions of the Legal Department under the direction of the Executive Vice President, Corporate Secretary & General Counsel (General Counsel).

Additional Responsibilities Will Include :
Legal Services – General: Provides legal advice, documents, services and to the AHA.

Provides reliable legal advice on issues regarding business decisions and plans, including at the project development stage.

Researches legal issues, and prepares legal opinions and guidelines regarding resolutions of specific issues or courses of action.

Stays current with legal developments affecting AHA’s current and future business and advises Legal staff and AHA management of best practices in this regard.

Provides advice and counseling to manage and reduce risk arising from business transactions and AHA programs.

Provides legal support for the AHA Compliance program with respect to applicable laws and AHA policies.

Interprets, drafts, revises, negotiates, and makes recommendations regarding contracts, leases, intellectual property licenses and other legally binding instruments.

Manages the effective and efficient review and drafting of reliable and timely contractual agreements by Legal staff for the Association.

Oversees the management of a system of model and standard form agreements appropriate for use by staff in carrying out the Association's commonly recurring business transactions.

Oversees the management of the trademark registration procedure by the Senior Paralegal, protection and licensing of AHA trademarks by AHA Attorneys, and effective policies and procedures regarding enforcement of trademark rights, and policies and procedures regarding the legal aspects of licensing AHA trademarks.

Designs, conducts and prepares recommendations resulting from periodic legal audits of AHA functions or operations, and follows up to assure appropriate compliance.

Represents AHA or manages Attorneys representing AHA in lawsuits, hearings, complaints, negotiations and other legal forums.

Periodically designs and conducts training on legal policy and procedure and legal topics of interest to AHA managers.

Oversees the management of foreign and international commercial and other legal transactions, including the use of outside counsel, standard and model forms and appropriate legal protocol.

Required Skills

Required Experience

Qualified candidates will have the following experience and background:

Ten (10) or more years’ experience as a practicing attorney in a corporate law department, preferably involving contracts, intellectual property and governmental regulatory affairs, and at least five (5) or more years of experience in drafting and negotiating intellectual property licenses.

Five (5) or more years’ experience in supervising legal staff and the delivery of legal services in a corporate law department environment.

Current working knowledge of general corporate, administrative and business law; with expert knowledge of contract and intellectual property law.

Skill at analytical thinking and preparing clear and concise documents, and proven skill at legal research and drafting.

Skill at effective oral and written communications, negotiating, and interacting with persons at all levels in the AHA, businesses, government, and the public.

Ability to work and plan independently.

Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

Graduate of an ABA-accredited law school.

Attracting talented, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.

To apply for this position or to see other opportunities with the American Heart Association please visit We no longer accept mailed, faxed or e-mailed resumes. Please apply for positions directly through our website. Only those candidates deemed most qualified by the hiring manager will be contacted to interview.

The American Heart Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and works to prohibit discrimination and to assure fair and uniform treatment of applicants and employees in all aspects of Human Resources administration without regard to political or religious opinions or affiliations, membership or non-membership in employee organizations, age, sex, disability, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status or any other non-merit factor.

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