Learfield IMG College is the leading media and technology services company in intercollegiate athletics. The company unlocks the value of college sports for brands and fans through an omnichannel platform with innovative content and commerce solutions for fan engagement. The Learfield IMG College suite of services includes licensing and multimedia sponsorship management; publishing, audio, digital and social media; data analytics; ticketing, ticket sales and professional concessions expertise; branding; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue technology systems.
Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the company has long had the privilege of being an advocate for intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete experience. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.
Our people-friendly culture is a hallmark of our style and approach to business and is rooted in values demonstrating intentional and active care for other people. The company and its employees strive each day to live by the company’s value statement: “build the team, grow the company, have fun, love and serve others.”
CLC is the nation’s leading collegiate trademark licensing company with a mission to elevate college brands through insight and innovation. The company is uniquely positioned to deliver consumer connections and brand visibility for institutions through data-based, customized brand protection, brand management, and brand marketing solutions that include impactful licensed merchandise systems and strategies and innovative marketing platforms to navigate the ever-evolving consumer and retail marketplace.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, CLC’s people-friendly culture is a hallmark of the company’s style and approach to business and is rooted in values demonstrating intentional and active care for other people. The company and its employees strive each day to live by the company’s values to Serve Others, Build Trust, Lead Well, Innovate Often, Be Passionate. Founded in 1981, CLC is a part of Learfield IMG College, the leading media and technology services company in intercollegiate athletics.
As a member of CLC’s Legal Department, the Senior Counsel will be responsible for managing the team responsible for the enterprise’s trademark and other intellectual property work, including overseeing trademark infringement and other enforcement efforts for partner institutions, managing online enforcement and social media take downs, issuing cease and desist letters, and handling online takedowns through third-party online technology vendors. Heavy transactional experience is a must, as this role will involve structuring, reviewing, drafting, and negotiating deals, including agreements with university partners, licensees, and vendors. The ideal candidate is highly self-motivated and adept at spotting and analyzing complex legal and business issues on a deal-by-deal basis, protecting our clients with appropriate legal terms and conditions, as well as delivering high-quality legal services and advice to the business.
Provide counseling to university partners related to trademark protection, enforcement, and portfolio strategy and management (primarily domestically and sometimes internationally)
Create and participate in trainings and presentations and create written guides related to trademarks and other issues affecting university enforcement strategies
Collaborate with major professional sports leagues (i.e., MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL), other industry groups, law enforcement, and professional investigators in joint trademark enforcement actions
Train law enforcement and private investigators on identifying counterfeit collegiate product and serve as liaison for law enforcement and private investigators for criminal and civil investigations
Actively build relationships with legislators and other lobbying groups in connection with strengthening anti-counterfeiting laws
Manage Customs-related enforcement work (globally, but mostly domestic), including providing counseling to university partners about the Customs recordation process, filing Customs recordations, and serving as a liaison for Customs and Border Patrol officers
Draft and negotiate complex domestic and international trademark license agreements for collegiate, K12, and non-collegiate brands
Ensure that appropriate legal protections are contained in agreements, including NCAA, university, and regulatory requirements
Support the CLC marketing team by handling rights’ clearances (copyright – video/photography, publicity rights, etc.), clearing proposed marks for use and registration in conjunction with outside counsel, drafting and negotiating influencer agreements, and ensuring promotions comply with privacy laws/regulations, company policies, and best practices
Establish and follow consistent approved legal and business processes and policies designed to reduce the company’s legal and business risks
Serve as liaison for outside counsel regarding litigation matters
Apply innovative problem-solving skills and practical business judgment to balance CLC’s business needs and acceptable levels of risk
Manage the activities and professional development of team of legal professionals
Foster positive long-term internal business client and external customer relationships.
JD from an ABA accredited law school
Admitted to the GA Bar and in good standing is preferred
8+ years of transactional legal experience
Proven ability to handle (draft and negotiate to execution) a variety of agreements related to intellectual property, including agency agreements, license agreements, influencer agreements, and release agreements
Track record that demonstrates a commercial awareness and the ability to understand and effectively counsel on matters relating to agency relationships, intellectual property, licensing and contract law
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills which will enable him/her/them to interact with a range of personalities and styles in a fast-paced business environment and to work effectively with people at many different levels
Effective problem-solving approach
Strong negotiation skills and excellent drafting and analytical skills
Well-organized and with a strong work ethic
An upbeat temperament, dynamic personality and highly team-oriented approach to work
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.
Learfield IMG College is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Female / Minority / Disability / Protected Veteran / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity