Nationwide Managing Counsel in Columbus, Ohio

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Leads a larger or more senior-level team of attorneys and other legal associates or a legal specialty in its entirety to ensure that all legal services are provided for one or more major businesses or areas of expertise. Leads team in actively identifying and logically assessing potential legal risks in routine to the most complex business situations. Provides independent advice and counsel on the most complex legal matters in an area of responsibility. Works closely with OCLO business and senior leaders to evaluate the legal impact of various corporate or department strategies. Proactively manages the relationship and interfaces with senior level business partners. Recognized for expertise and broad business acumen by leaders across the company and within the industry.

Job Description

Reports to: Reports to AVP / VP / SVP.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leads a team to resolve highly complex and/or a broad range of legal and organizational issues. May independently work directly on or provides subject matter expertise on significant, high-risk or highly-complex legal matters. Regularly attends business partner meetings to better understand business processes and needs.

  • Actively identifies and logically assesses potential legal risks in ambiguous, unique and/or highly complex business situations. Creates valuable risk management/mitigation recommendations leveraging sound risk assessment information to further achievement of the most complex business objectives.

  • Regularly interacts with senior leaders in OCLO or the Company on legal matters within his or her area of responsibility. Has moderate level of input into or influence on Company decision-making.

  • Creates practical and effective solutions to the most complex legal issues with no established precedent; develops creative solutions to unique legal problems. On behalf of the Company or the area of expertise, has periodic interaction with persons outside of the Company.

  • Takes the lead role in matters that are highly complex, strategic or sensitive in nature. Understands the business partner's position and needs. Keeps senior leaders and appropriate management of Company informed of case law and new legislation, as appropriate. Considers the long-term business and strategic consequences of possible outcomes. Delivers difficult messages or news, and challenges business partners when necessary; responds to challenges to advice and counsel directly and effectively.

  • Has a broad network of established relationships both internal and external to the organization, and at all levels.

  • Leads a larger group of attorneys (and possibly related legal staff) supporting one or more business units within the Company. May have skip level reports.

  • Leads and trains other attorneys or paralegals on procedural, business or legal issues. Demonstrates strong leadership skills in team building, motivating, influencing, successfully leading through and driving change. Provides input into the strategic direction for the larger team. Responsible for assigned unit's day-to-day OCLO departmental operations and leadership/managerial functions, including associate performance management, salary planning and administration, training and development, workflow and organizational planning, hiring and placement, and disciplinary actions. Team may include indirect reports.

  • Ensures compliance with approved organization and outside counsel budgets. May make team and outside counsel budget recommendations.

  • Develops objectives for implementation of Department or Company legal initiatives.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Leadership Accountability

Developing Strategy -

Providing Input on Strategic Direction -

Executing Strategy -

Team Composition

Has responsibility for other attorneys, paralegals, and/or support staff. Typically has 3 or more direct / indirect reports.

Typical Skills and Experiences:

Education/Certification/Licenses: JD degree from an accredited law school. Maintains an active license in the state in which the position is located. Currently licensed as an attorney in an appropriate U.S. jurisdiction.

Experience/Skills: Legal expertise and broad business acumen recognized company-wide. Typically has 12 or more years of relevant legal experience. Must have leadership experience.

Has significant experience with or knowledge of one or more areas of law, complex legal practices and procedures. Project management concept and techniques. This position understands staff and team coaching and development techniques, setting strategy and managing to group objectives. Considered a subject matter expert within his or her areas of responsibility. Sound business acumen and knowledge of the business goals and objectives as they relate to the matter at hand.

Strong oral and written communication skills for interacting with all levels within OCLO and with business clients. Analytical ability to interpret statutes, regulations, insurance policies and other contracts. Decision-making ability to set work priorities and make recommendations. Ability to lead cross-functional projects. Ability to lead, initiate, organize and coordinate highly complex projects and/or cases. Significant negotiation skills. Has strong leadership and management skills: team building concepts, motivating, influencing, successfully leading through and driving change. Has significant professional and/or civic involvement.

Other criteria, including leadership skills, competencies and experiences may take precedence.

Staffing exceptions to the above must be approved by the hiring manager’s leader and HR Business Partner.

Values: Regularly and consistently demonstrates the Nationwide Values and Guiding Behaviors.

Job Conditions:

Overtime Eligibility: Not Eligible (Exempt)

Working Conditions: Normal office environment. Some travel may be required.

ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some people assigned to the job to perform a somewhat different combination of duties.

Credit Check: Due to the fiduciary accountabilities of this job, a valid credit check and/or background which will be requires as part of the selection process.

Evaluation Activity:

Additional Job Description


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  • Develop and maintain contract templates for enterprise wide use; lead sub-teams/work efforts

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Job ID: 52089