General Counsel

Full-Time

Milwaukee, WI

Join the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) as our in-house General Counsel. At AEM, we value growth, innovation, and well-being. Our culture fosters a sense of belonging, camaraderie, and mutual respect.
As the Association’s chief legal officer and corporate secretary, you will provide legal counsel and guidance on a wide variety of internal matters. These include governance, corporate nonprofit law, antitrust compliance, intellectual property (IP), tax and IRS tax-exempt status, human resources (HR), Federal Political Action Committee Compliance, contracts, and more.
As a member of our leadership team, you will contribute to strategic discussions and exemplify AEM’s core values.
Responsibilities:
  • Analyze and address legal issues and risk management concerns.
  • Monitor developments in laws applicable to AEM.
  • Provide advice on employment law, discrimination, diversity, and equal employment opportunity.
  • Counsel on corporate non-profit law and IRS tax-exempt status.
  • Resolve disputes that may lead to litigation.
Governance:
  • Attend Board meetings and provide counsel on all legal matters.
  • Interpret and maintain AEM’s organizing documents.
  • Maintain AEM’s Mission, Positions, Policies, Strategic Plan, and related statements.
  • Prepare and track resolutions, contracts, board and committee minutes, policies, corporate business licenses, registrations, and other legal forms and documents.
  • Ensure compliance with all matters related to antitrust at meetings of the associations, including any subsidiaries, chapters and affiliates.
In-House Legal:
  • Manage legal aspects of AEM’s lobbying and PAC compliance.
  • Negotiate, draft, and review contracts for AEM.
  • Proactively analyze and address the Association’s legal risk.
  • Manage all AEM’s Intellectual Property (IP) matters.
  • Manage litigation and outside counsel in matters involving AEM.
Legal Administrative:
  • Provide training and guidance to association staff on legal matters.
Qualifications:
  • Executive presence and effective communication skills.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Superior management skills.
  • Self-reliant and results oriented.
  • Possess the gravitas and confidence to inform and influence a high-performing Board of Directors
  • Ability to formulate, build consensus, and foster compromise among competing interests and drive to execution all matters assigned.
  • Ability to work efficiently under tight deadlines and manage multiple priorities.
  • Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.
  • 5-10 years of legal experience in business/commercial/association law preferred.
  • Experience in a trade association environment preferred.
  • Master of Business Administration a plus.

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