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Associate Corporate Counsel

DATE:  Sep 7, 2021
CITY:  Columbus
BRAND:  Designer Brands
REQ #:  119416
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus

We are seeking a highly motivated and energetic Associate Corporate Counsel to join our legal team. In this role, the individual will review and negotiate a variety of commercial contracts, including those vital to DBI’s distribution, logistics, technology, and marketing business initiatives, as well as support our various business segments on a broad range of commercial transactions. Experience with mergers and acquisitions and/or real estate commercial leases is a plus. 


Reports To: Sr. Director, Associate General Counsel


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Draft and negotiate general corporate and commercial contracts including vendor supply agreements, carrier agreements, significant service agreements, master service agreements, software licensing and development agreements, marketing, ecommerce, strategic alliances and/or joint venture, market research and technology and marketing contracts.
  • Perform due diligence in connection with potential company mergers and acquisitions.
  • Provide legal advice and support to DSW partners regarding compliance with all applicable laws and/or regulations.
  • On a daily basis, provide practical business to DSW partners; identify opportunities to minimize risks and process improvements and efficiencies.


Required Skills & Competencies:

  • Adept at providing practical business solutions and strategic advice. Understands the big picture to constructively challenge the status quo, generate new ideas, and encourage change.
  • Strong ability to learn DBI’s business, including understanding financial performance metrics, and solid understanding of DBI’s risk appetite.
  • Ability to efficiently identify, assess and prioritize risk, and manage risk accordingly.
  • Customer focused, team oriented, dedication to working with and through others to exceed the expectation of the customer (internal and external).
  • Highly adaptable and manages change effectively.
  • Manages for results. Able to efficiently manage a variety of projects in timely, efficient manner.
  • Simplifies and processes complex problems, understands underlying issues and addresses root causes, analyzes quantitative information, and presents it in an effective way, seeks input from others and makes timely decisions.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to influence others.
  • Models and supports DBI’s values of passion, accountability, collaboration, and humility.




  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience, preferably working with a mid to large sized law firm or a retailer.



  • Licensed to practice in at least one state, preferably Ohio
  • JD


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Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. 
  • Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. 












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