Northwest Legal Search

Northwest Legal Search, Inc.
The Northwest's
Leading Attorney Search
Consulting Firm.

Expertise and Excellence

Northwest Legal Search, Inc.® is a service dedicated to the in-house lawyer hiring needs of companies, as well as attorney recruitment for a select number of premier law firms. Our clients are in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, and the Rocky Mountains.  Our candidates are recruited regionally, nationally and globally. NWLS was established in 1987 as the first company in the Pacific Northwest to specialize exclusively in lawyer search.

Thank you very much for your assistance in our recent recruitment of two senior attorneys. The expertise you contributed to our recruiting process was very valuable. I particularly appreciated your ability to quickly understand our business and legal needs, help define the optimal candidate characteristics, and then present to us numerous candidates with excellent experience/expertise profiles. The process was handled professionally and effectively and we are very pleased with the results.

-- VP General Counsel Client

Since that beginning we have continued to focus upon the critical issues of selection and retention of the best lawyers for the leadership, prosperity and growth of our clients. Our commitment is making a match which works for the long-term on both sides of the employment need -- both for the legal employer and the candidate seeking a career opportunity.

We recruit lawyers for corporate legal departments and a small number of select, premier law firms in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and Rocky Mountains. Our superior lawyer candidates come to us from all across the country.

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VP, General Counsel - Portland, OR - 12+ years Exclusive search to NWLS
The Vice President, General Counsel will be responsible for handling a wide range of corporate matters, including corporate governance and complex transactions spanning the breadth of our client company's development projects, assets and planning, corporate structures as well as future strategic design of a family -owned enterprise. Reporting to the President, this role will provide expert and strategic legal advice to management, will oversee legal compliance protocols, and will provide legal advice and guidance on the establishment and maintenance of internal governance policies and procedures.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TASKS: • Partner as a key senior member of management, working directly with the executive team to understand strategic initiatives and business needs, providing legal and business counsel, and establishing and influencing appropriate ethical standards and legal considerations. • Consult with senior management in the presentation of strategic initiatives to the executive team and implementing such initiatives as adopted by the company. • Oversight and leadership of the day-to-day operations of legal representation of the Company; managing, evaluating and guiding a 4-person team comprised of 3 dedicated in-house attorneys as well as an experienced administrative staff. • Provide advice on developing, implementing and managing a strategic plan for the provision of legal services, in accordance with and in support of, business objectives to include the selection and management of outside counsel. • Negotiate, draft and implement a wide variety of complex, multi-party agreements, including real estate development, joint venture, financing and acquisition and disposition documents. • Advise the company on litigation and other legal risks of possible business decisions, providing preventive counseling associated with standard business practices and specific business transactions. Developing strategies with both inside and outside counsel in response to civil litigation and regulatory inquiries (including negotiating settlement agreements, where appropriate), and cost-effectively managing the resources required to address such matters. • Monitor the current legal landscape to continually update the company on pending legal cases and proposed legislation as applicable to the real estate industry including, landlord/tenant law (both commercial and residential) and regulations. • Participate as part of a special strategic initiative to restructure the corporate organization to enhance the operations through future generations. Emphasis and focus will be from both the ownership and day-to-day management standpoint. • In-depth knowledge of and familiarity with a variety of private entity structures especially limited liability companies and corporate structures. • Significant real estate transactional experience over a wide range of real estate related projects including, without limitation, development, acquisition, disposition, leasing, construction, entitlement, and financing. • Knowledgeable on the legal impacts surrounding equity raising and joint venture ownership structures. • Maintain records and files for the office of the Corporate Secretary including: o All Corporate minute books, stock books, by-laws, articles of incorporation and corporate seals. o Originals, when available, of all limited liability companies, partnerships, amendments to partnerships, and minutes of partnership meetings. o Retention of original documents of corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships in vault. • Originate, when applicable and when otherwise requested, resolutions, minutes, and related documents. • Execute those minutes and documents requiring the signature of the Corporate Secretary and obtain the signatures of the Board and Shareholders, when appropriate. • Administer renewals and original issuance of permits and licenses for tradenames, trademarks and multi-state corporate qualifications and coordinate all other license and fees with Corporate Controller. EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, SKILLS REQUIRED: • Comprehensive skill and experience in drafting complex real estate contracts and agreements. • Experience with compliance-related issues and demonstrated ability to work with regulations impacting real estate and real estate development (and with regulators that administer such regulations). • Significant knowledge and experience with the entitlement and development process for multi-family, retail, office and industrial real estate projects. • The ability to develop and implement strategy, in partnership with outside counsel as appropriate, to effectively address complex litigation and regulatory inquiries. • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and interact effectively at all levels of the organization; requiring judgment and self-confidence but also respect for others, regardless of position, and the willingness to work as a team member. • Personal credibility and the ability to articulate legal positions and strategies concisely and quickly, in a manner that is useful and easily understood by management and personnel at all levels. • Strong negotiation, communication, organizational, and people management skills and the ability to influence and build relationships collaboratively, without direct authority.

EDUCATION: • At least 12-15+ years of legal experience gained through a combination of major law firm experience and in-house experience as a general counsel or senior managing in-house counsel preferred • Degree of Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school • Real Estate industry background and experience required

VP, Senior L&E Counsel, 12+ years -- Seattle, WA area (bargaining experienced)
Our large, multi-state health care provider has exclusively retained Linda Green Pierce and Northwest Legal Search, Inc. for a key role to be housed in the Seattle, WA area. Under guidance of the Chief Labor Counsel and in coordination with other experienced L&E attorneys, this position serves as L&E counsel to employers throughout their system, including representation and day to day advice in all aspects of L&E matters and related litigation. Represents employers in the system before the EEOC, DOL, and corollary state agencies, NLRB, and other administrative forums. Represents employers in the system in traditional labor matters, such as organizing issues from the pre-petition stage through post-election procedures, litigation before the NLRB, grievances and arbitrations, and serves as the spokesperson during collective bargaining negotiations for many of the collective bargaining agreements throughout the system. Provides advice and guidance in the development of labor relations strategies, communication and education. Provides strategic advice regarding all aspects of labor law. Requires extensive experience (minimum of 10-12+ years) in practicing employment and labor law, with in-depth knowledge of the NLRB and contract negotiations. Currently licensed in CA highly desirable, but not required. Admission to the State Bar of CA, OR or WA required in future for continued employment.

Additional Application Instructions Actively seeking "at the table" collective bargaining experiences as lead negotiator -- from either in-house or large law background (including partner-level). Apply for this Seattle-area role today to: (503) 925-6345

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