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Corporate Counsel Job

DATE: Mar 30, 2019

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 84940 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Legal 


At DSW, we believe in the power of shoes. We understand shoes bring out something great from within, and since 1991 we've been helping everyone feel the rush of finding that perfect pair. So when you work for DSW, you become a part of all that. A family whose core values are comprised of passion, accountability, collaboration, and humility. You become one of us, You become a Shoe Lover!


DSW is always growing, and we’re looking for people who want to grow with us. Associates across all functions work together every day to demonstrate passion, accountability, collaboration, and humility —values that make DSW America’s Favorite Place to Work. 




Corporate Counsel or Senior Corporate Counsel, depending on experience of candidate.

We are seeking a highly motivated and energetic corporate counsel to join our legal team.  This associate will support DSW’s various business segments on a broad range of commercial transactions, with a heavy emphasis on structuring, drafting and negotiating contacts. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge and experience negotiating a variety of commercial contracts including design and sourcing agreements, license agreements, and franchise agreements.  Experience with issues facing vertical retailers such as intellectual property laws, international sourcing agreements and global compliance is a plus. 


About DSW:


DSW Inc. is one of North America's largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. The company operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse®, Shoe Company®, and Shoe Warehouse® brands and operates leased locations in the U.S. through its Affiliated Business Group. DSW Inc. designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. The Camuto Group owns licensing rights for the Jessica Simpson® footwear business, and footwear and handbag licenses for Lucky Brand® and Max Studio®. In partnership with a joint venture with Authentic Brands Group, DSW Inc. also owns a stake in Vince Camuto®, Louise et Cie®, Sole Society®, CC Corso Como®, Enzo Angiolini® and others. More information can be found at



Core Responsibilities:


  • Culture – living the DSW Values by demonstrating Passion, Accountability, Collaboration & Humility. High integrity is essential.


  • Draft and negotiate general corporate and commercial contracts including new vendor supply agreements, wholesale licensing agreements, significant service agreements and international franchise agreements, master service agreements, software licensing and development agreements, marketing, ecommerce, strategic alliances and/or joint venture agreements, professional and hosted services, market research and technology and marketing contracts.


  • Provide advertising and marketing counsel for brand and product advertising, including proper IP use, right of publicity, media usage rights, and third-party IP clearance.


  • Advise on intellectual property matters including adoption and use of copyrights, trademarks/trade dress and patents with considerations for product development and advertising.


  • Advise on global compliance obligations such compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-bribery and corruption policies and other applicable laws.


  • On a daily basis, provide practical business solutions to DSW partners; identify opportunities to minimize risks, and improve processes  and efficiencies that add value to the business. 


  • Advise on regulatory and compliance matters such as FTC advertising guidelines, consumer-facing disclaimers, website terms of use and privacy policies.



Required Skills and Competencies:


  • Adept at providing practical business solutions and strategic advice. Understand the big picture and be willing to constructively challenge the status quo, generate new ideas, and encourage change.


  • Strong ability to learn DSW’s business, including understanding financial performance metrics, and solid understanding of DSW’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).


  • Experience advising apparel retailers (footwear, handbags and jewelry is a plus).


  • Highly adaptable and manages change effectively.


  • Solid business and legal judgment.


  • Manages for results.  Able to efficiently manage a variety of projects in a 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 DSW’s values of passion, accountability, collaboration and humility.


  • Willingness to travel periodically, including to our Camuto offices in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut.




  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience, preferably working with a public company or a mid to large sized law firm.


  • Licensed to practice in at least one state, preferably Ohio or New York.


  • JD.


DSW believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities. We do not discriminate against any protected class including race, color, religion, religious creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (defined as genetic information or impairments related to cancer), ancestry, marital status, family care leave, military and veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or based on any protected category under federal, state, or local laws. DSW also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and associates with disabilities unless doing so creates an undue hardship, in accordance with all legal requirements. Any applicant requiring a reasonable accommodation during the application process or applicant who requires an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job should request for accommodations by asking to speak with a Store Manager, District Manager, and Regional Manager, or by contacting Human Resources at DSW will work with the individual to attempt to identify a reasonable accommodation that will not impose an undue hardship on DSW.


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