Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. through its affiliates is the franchisor and operator of over 6,000 ice cream shops, bakeries, restaurants, and cafés in over 50 foreign countries and U.S. territories under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s®, McAlister’s Deli® and Jamba Juice, along with Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international market.
The Corporate Counsel – Franchising will use best efforts to ensure that FOCUS Brands' corporate business practices, policies, contracting, and actions protect FOCUS Brands' from potential legal liability. This position will attain and maintain an in-depth knowledge of FOCUS Brands' business structure, business practices and strategy, and advise on a wide variety of legal requirements that apply to FOCUS Brands and its subsidiaries and affiliates, including but not limited to, domestic franchise law, employment law and litigation matters.
Minimum of 7 years of experience in a law firm or related business setting, with 5 years of substantial experience in franchising and trademark law, as well as some experience in litigation management. Employment law or risk management experience a plus. Bachelor’s degree and J.D. required. Member in good standing of a state bar.
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