The Chief Legal Officer is the head of the corporate legal department and is responsible for the legal affairs of the entire corporation. This role includes providing legal counsel to the board of directors, chairman of the board, chief executive officer and other senior management. CLOs must possess strong initiative, as well as excellent management and leadership skills and strong business acumen.
A juris doctor (JD) and an applicable state license to practice law are required.
The level of experience required for the position may vary, depending on company size.
Typical duties of a chief legal officer
- Developing and leading corporate legal strategy to promote and protect the company's matters
- Developing and leading internal audit and corporate compliance programs
- Overseeing delivery of legal services and resources to accomplish corporate goals, strategies and priorities
- Maintaining proper corporate interactions with the relevant local, state and federal governmental bodies, legislatures and the community at large
- Advising the CEO and other senior corporate officers on a variety of issues
- Participating in the formulation of general management policy as a member of the executive management team
- Managing a team of corporate counsel and other members of the legal department