Sr. Manager, Sr. Corporate Counsel

Apr 09, 2023
Bellevue, United States
... Not specified
... Senior
... Office work

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The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children's entertainment properties in the world.


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Get to know the role

We are seeking a highly skilled attorney to join our Legal Department team. The ideal candidate will establish themselves as the go-to person for providing legal support to our OP business unit while demonstrating a collaborative, efficient, and meticulous approach. Additionally, the candidate should be able to build and maintain a reputation for delivering timely, reliable, accurate, and thorough service to our business clients. Developing strong relationships with Legal Department teams in Bellevue and London is also critical to this role.


Job Title: Sr. Corporate Counsel

Job Summary: Provides frontline legal support, teamed with a Sr. Paralegal, to Organized Play, TPCi’s e-sports program (physical card tournaments + online videogame tournaments).

FLSA Classification (US Only): Exempt

People Manager: Yes


What you’ll do

  • Be responsible for the delivering of all legal work for the OP business unit, including:
    • Serve as responsible point of contact for the drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements including vendor, IP/IT licensing, entertainment and media licenses, tournament licenses, venue agreements, team participation and licensing agreements, and sponsorship agreements (may directly handle these activities personally or coordinate their execution with direct report(s) or other legal teams).
    • Employ legal judgment and subject matter experience to manage legal risk for the Businesses in collaboration with direct manager, to enable the Organized Play business unit to advance with alacrity while in full legal compliance; communicating constantly in a pragmatic and collaborative fashion both up (to manager Director) and across (to business unit clients and fellow Legal Department team members) the chain.
    • Solve complex legal problems using sound, thorough and thoughtful legal analysis and judgment as well as consultation and brainstorming with manager Director and fellow Legal Department team members.
    • Research and advise on existing and anticipated changes to laws and regulations relevant to OP business unit, including via consultation with outside counsel on issues requiring specialized legal expertise/input.
  • Develop, nurture and provide direction and guidance to direct report(s) and create supportive team environment and dynamics across and within legal teams. 
  • Play an active manager role to support direct report(s) per TPCi guidance and Core Values employing servant leadership principles; constantly considers appropriate team member level to handle legal work with an eye towards team member development; schedules and assigns work, reviews performance, participates in team calibrations and recommends employment actions related to direct report(s).
  • Develop, nurture and strengthen relationships with OP business unit via weekly/bi-weekly meetings both with OP business unit and with direct report(s).
  • Fully participate in Legal Department Managers’ fora and Legal Department meetings. 
  • Assess and prioritize team work on a regular cadence, participate in team work prioritization and assist manager Director in managing budgets for outside counsel and headcount for reporting teams.


What you’ll bring

  • 8-10 years of outside counsel and in-house legal team experience -- with a company in interactive entertainment a plus
  • Strong esports background/experience, including regulatory, marketing and relevant transactional experience
  • Excellent legal judgment and analytical skills
  • Exceptional drafting, negotiation, communication (written and verbal), and interpersonal skills
  • J.D. or equivalent degree and bar license in good standing with the ability to practice law in Washington State
  • Prior management experience with proven success guiding team communications, relationships and dynamics
  • Passion for guiding development of team members and uncovering opportunities to help team members grow
  • Exceptional levels of collegiality
  • Strong inclination and demonstrated experience innovating processes to streamline operations and increase efficiency, transparency, and comprehension between client teams and legal.


How you’ll be successful

  • Passion for Pokémon: Develops an understanding of the Pokémon brand, the impact it has on our people, culture, business, fans, and communities, and applying that knowledge and passion to everything you do.
  • Challenging the Expected: Approaches challenges with curiosity and creativity, embracing the possibility of failure as an opportunity to learn something new, develop innovative ideas, solve complex problems and identify unique opportunities.  
  • Integrity and Respect: Demonstrates integrity and respect by leading with empathy, listening to others, seeking out different perspectives, and taking personal responsibility for decisions, actions, and results.
  • Dedicated to Quality: Takes ownership to maintain and promote high standards, looks for new ways to learn and improve, and embraces a growth mindset to seek and apply feedback from others in an effort to continuously improve. 
  • Building Relationships: Develops and strengthens relationships, adopting a “team first” mentality and working collaboratively to solve problems and meet shared goals.  
  • Delighting Customers: Listens and understands the interests and needs of our customers and stakeholders, making them feel heard and important, and embracing these learnings to continue delivering a unique Pokémon experience.


What to expect

  • An employee first culture
  • Company events that celebrate the spirit of Pokémon
  • Competitive cash-based compensation programs
  • Base salary range: $170000.00 - 254000.00. This range is applicable for the labor market where the role is intended to be hired. It is common for TPCi to start employees below the midpoint of the range. Final base salary is directly related to each candidates qualifications and experience uniquely.
  • 100% employer-paid healthcare premiums for you
  • Generous paid family leave
  • Employer-paid life insurance
  • Employer-paid long and short-term income protection insurance
  • US Employees: 401k Employer Matching
  • UK/IRE Employees: Pension Employer Contributions
  • Fitness reimbursement
  • Commuter benefit
  • LinkedIn learning
  • Comprehensive relocation package
  • Hybrid work environment


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this role. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. For roles in the United Kingdom, candidates will need the right to work. In some cases, and for some roles, the Company may be able to arrange a visa. For roles in Ireland, this role requires candidates to have the right to live and work in the Republic of Ireland. However, we welcome applications from all nationalities and may consider supporting an employment permit application, in appropriate and suitable cases.


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