General Counsel

Legal / Contracts New York, New York


Hachette Book Group is seeking a General Counsel to serve as part of the executive management team and to advise the company on a range of commercial transactions, complex agreements, digital distribution and platform relationships, intellectual property, content development, privacy, technology, business affairs, corporate governance and other general matters. The position will serve as a trusted business partner, providing strategic, creative and problem-solving advice at all levels of the company, and partnering in initiatives that influence all aspects of the business. The position will lead a small legal team based in New York and supporting multiple offices in the US and Canada in all aspects of company business.


  • Subject matter expertise in copyright, trademark, consumer protection, privacy and libel.
  • Responsible for corporate governance and compliance for US subsidiary of French parent company.
  • Represent the company in industry trade association, policy, regulatory and governmental activities.
  • Manage pre-litigation disputes (protecting rights and responding to claim letters) and manage outside counsel on litigation defense and avoidance.
  • Responsible for author contracts lifecycle management, policies and processes, including supervision of negotiation and drafting of content acquisition agreements.
  • Counsel on basic employment law matters.
  • Manage legal department, including paralegal-level contracts department.
  • J.D. with strong academic credentials and admitted to the New York Bar.
  • At least 12+ years of relevant legal experience, with a combination of foundational law firm training, in-house legal experience and management responsibility.
  • Ability to identify and analyze legal issues, help determine business terms and structure transactions.
  • Works collaboratively to provide advice that supports business objectives while minimizing risks.
  • Ability to spot problems and make risk assessments, offering problem-solving decisions, creative suggestions and actionable advice.
  • Enjoys fast-paced environment, hands-on worker, skilled at multi-tasking and prioritization.
  • Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of media law, IP and business law and trends.
  • Experience handling compliance, privacy and M&A matters.