Senior Counsel, Americas Apply Now

  • Legal
  • Charlotte, NC, USA
  • Elitsa Bryant
  • Posted on 04-12-2023
Job Summary

Job Description

About BNI®

Founded in 1985, BNI is the world’s largest referral networking organization. With over 10,800 chapters meeting every week in more than 76 countries, we have grown to over 290,000 member-businesses. BNI members meet each week to share qualified business referrals, to grow professionally, and to create lifelong relationships with like-minded business professionals. Strong leaders have unlimited professional opportunities. This is an exceptional opportunity for the right individual. Go to to learn more.


Reporting to the Global Lead Counsel, and based at BNI’s Global Headquarters in Charlotte, the Senior Counsel, Americas will help leaders worldwide proactively manage risk.  This individual will provide general education related to risk management, work on enterprise-wide legal & regulatory projects, handle day-to-day legal matters, and manage external counsel.  This is an excellent opportunity to become an important part of a growing team and a growing company.  High performers will have significant growth opportunities available to them.

Position Description

  • Learning BNI’s unique history, model, culture, and Core Values
  • Building relationships with key internal stakeholders
  • Acting as strategic partner for all legal services for the Americas market and trusted advisor to executive leaders
  • Managing the legal team members in the market
  • In conjunction with Global Lead Counsel and global legal team, developing and articulating a clear vision for the legal function within the Americas business
  • Understanding the business priorities and contributing to business discussions and decisions
  • Translating legal advice into commercial business language and actionable steps
  • Advising on new and existing laws that impact the business
  • Maintaining knowledge of the company’s legal documents and operations
  • Crafting and reviewing legal strategy in response to litigation
  • Facilitating filings of licensing forms and other statutory requirements
  • Assessing current practices and developing a roadmap to manage risk more effectively
  • Implementing policies and controls to help the organization avoid distractions
  • Providing general education throughout the organization on matters of importance
  • Performing other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements

  • Must have Franchise experience to be considered
  • At least 8 years of commercial legal experience with at least four years of that being in an in-house setting in a senior role
  • Experience in some or all the following areas: transactions, legal compliance training, intellectual property, HR matters, managing external counsel, vendor contract negotiations
  • Familiarity and comfort working within a growing global organization
  • High sense of urgency and attention to detail
  • Law degree with high grade point average
  • Strong references, clean background, customer service orientation
  • Professional demeanor with a sense of humility and sense of humor
  • Excellent oral communication skills with a high level of professional confidence
  • Used to working in a fast-paced, fun, and collegial environment
  • Ability to perform some international travel

This is a full-time, exempt paid position. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

BNI’s wonderful culture is based on Givers Gain® is lived out every day by our team and over 290,000 members globally. Learn more at

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