Assistant General Counsel, Marketing

  • Nike Inc.
  • Beaverton, OR, USA
  • Dec 16, 2021
Full time Legal Marketing Retail

Job Description

Become a Part of the NIKE, Inc. Team

NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world’s best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At NIKE, Inc. it’s about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

NIKE, Inc.’s rapid pace of innovation demands a Legal team that is always on the offense. And they’re always on their game – with the mission to advance and guide Nike’s business through innovative, offense-minded counsel. Nike attorneys, paralegals and other specialists in law provide inventive approaches and superior counsel to Nike’s global business. As Nike changes the future of sport, the Nike Legal team drives competition, ingenuity and integrity in the marketplace.

Who are we looking for

We need an Assistant General Counsel for Marketing to join us at NIKE’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, and provide advertising legal support for the Marketing, Product and Innovation teams. The ideal candidate will be able to advise and counsel business leaders on consumer protection, advertising law, and other legal compliance matters that may impact marketing and advertising and consumer experiences. To be successful, you must be comfortable working cross-functionally and influencing different personalities and perspectives. The best lawyers are organized, flexible multitaskers with an ability to prioritize tasks and solve problems with a high degree of independence.

What will you work on

You will be responsible for handling a variety of legal projects for the organization. On any given day, you may be revising marketing copy for an innovative product, meeting with the business to review the latest brand campaign, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts in support of the Marketing organization, or driving a strategic project to enable the business to move faster. You will provide deal support and strategic counseling to business partners. You will be able to identify and address legal compliance issues related to the consumer experience, and you will be able to prepare and deliver trainings to enhance compliance with advertising laws. You’ll work on a dynamic team in a fast-paced environment and engage with cross-functional teammates such as local in-country lawyers, privacy lawyers, government affairs and various business groups.

Who will you work with

You will report to the Assistant General Counsel, Brand Marketing, and you will work closely with your colleagues in Brand Marketing Legal and Business Affairs, Product Compliance and Safety, Digital Product, and Global & NA Marketplace teams. You will provide legal support to the Brand Marketing team, where you will encounter business partners with a variety of communication styles and needs. People will appreciate your ability to be resourceful in the face of ambiguity and to find solutions.

What you bring to Nike

Juris Doctorate degree
Member, in good standing, of at least one US State Bar and willingness to meet the requirements of membership in the Oregon State Bar through in-house counsel, reciprocity, or equivalent
Minimum of 6 years of experience in the practice of law with a significant focus on marketing, advertising, and consumer experiences
Substantive knowledge of laws related to consumer protection, advertising, and claims marketing
§ Proven experience representing corporations in commercial transactions and general business law

Excellent verbal and written skills and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels
Bias for action and ability to work independently within a multinational organization
Results driven; proven experience leading strategic projects
Law firm or Fortune 500 company experience and experience in a corporate legal department of a global marketer, consumer digital product, or entertainment organization is preferred
Experience advising on business practices and objectives in a global company is preferred
Proficient in related deal work and how specific contract clauses affect licensees, marketing campaigns and partnerships
Strong teammate and ability to work cross-functionally in a complex organizational structure
Sound risk assessment capabilities in rapidly evolving regulated areas
Demonstrated ability to learn business requirements quickly, analyze legal and commercial risks and propose creative, business solutions
Excellent judgement and organizational skills, with a proven ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and complete tasks accurately, on schedule and with minimal supervision
Flexibility and willingness to take on new tasks in new or unfamiliar areas of the law
International experience a plus
Previous NIKE work experience, especially with NIKE Legal tools (e.g., Contract Central, Legal Tracker), a plus
Willing to relocate to Portland, OR area

Nike requires all applicants for this position to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of hire. As an equal opportunity employer, Nike will make accommodations to individuals who cannot be vaccinated in accordance with applicable law.


NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.