Position Objective:
KnitWell Group is seeking to hire a highly skilled and experienced attorney to join our Legal team as Senior Director, Counsel – IP/Marketing based in Fort Myers, FL. This individual will lead the IP & Marketing group, reporting to the General Counsel. Working in a highly collaborative manner, this individual will be accountable for delivering holistic legal support to grow the businesses, manage legal risks and protect the KnitWell brands and reputation.

  • Leading and managing the IP & Marketing group and clearly articulating and communicating straightforward advice on IP and Marketing issues to senior business leaders.
  • Managing the global trademark, copyright & patent portfolios of the companies within KnitWell Group, beginning with the Chico's FAS, Inc. portfolio, including counseling internal clients and acquisition, clearance, prosecution, maintenance, and enforcement of rights.
  • Reviewing and advising on company advertising materials, and communications with respect to IP use and risks.
  • Coordinating with the marketing teams and overseeing outside counsel as needed on domestic and international trademark and patent prosecution, oppositions, and cancellation actions.
  • Conducting and reviewing trademark clearance searches and providing recommendations and advice to our marketing and creative teams regarding infringement risks, registrability and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Counseling and advising design teams on creating original works.
  • Managing and providing legal advice regarding contests, sweepstakes, and charitable promotions, including structuring, drafting rules and disclaimers, and completing all required registrations and bonding.
  • Reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contractual agreements, including license agreements, co-existence agreements, joint promotion agreements, co-development agreements and non-disclosure agreements and providing advice and support on IP provisions on a wide range of contracts as needed.
  • Values individuality and the diverse talents of their team. Leads the team by communicating expectations, providing guidance, delivering feedback, and empowering the team to be their best.

  • JD Degree required
  • 8+ years of substantive experience as a transactional legal counsel in IP & marketing
  • Successful candidate must be admitted to Florida Bar as Authorized House Counsel within one year of being hired
  • Experience with a corporate legal department or a nationally recognized law firm preferred
  • Currently licensed to practice law and in good standing with bar of at least one U.S. state
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Proven presentation and training skills
  • Ability to resolve complex, highly sensitive work-related issues
  • Ability to effectively coach and leverage internal resources, outside counsel and subordinates
  • Exceptional project management skills
  • Ability to develop positive partnerships and influence at all levels of an organization