Corporate Counsel in Marysville, OH at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 7/10/2020

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Job Description

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

We are looking for a Corporate Counsel who will join our Legal team in Marysville, Ohio.

This position will be based at The Scotts Miracle-Gro world headquarters in Marysville, a suburb of Columbus, OH.  Not familiar with Columbus? Visit

The Corporate Counsel will be part of the Company’s Legal team with the primary responsibility of providing generalist legal support to the Company’s management, business units and more senior attorneys in a wide range of legal and strategic issues across the Company.  

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Provide legal advice and services for one or more business units, advising them on a wide variety of matters, including general business, commercial and transactional matters, M&A activity and compliance-related projects

  • Draft, negotiate and support the drafting and negotiation of complex commercial and transactional agreements

  • Support the Company’s Compliance function with legal and factual research and analysis relating to the Company’s business operations

  • Work with other Company attorneys, Company departments and third parties on various types of corporate transactions; research legal and factual issues, draft and review contracts and other legal documents

  • Liaise with the various Company departments to solve cross-functional issues and challenges

  • Lead and/or support Company responses to federal, state and local inquiries and regulations, including researching and preparing documents, collecting and reviewing records, and working with business colleagues   

  • Research factual and legal issues and draft legal memos

  • Occasionally manage outside counsel

What you’ll need to be successful:

This position will require an attorney who has strong legal and business analytical ability, a collaborative spirit, the ability to effectively implement guidance and direction from senior attorneys and to comfortably build partnerships with colleagues and business clients.

  • 2-6 years of experience in a corporate legal department and/or a law firm, with significant involvement in contracts, commercial transactions, compliance, and general business and corporate law matters

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school and membership in good standing in at least one state bar 

  • Experience in advising business managers on legal and strategic aspects of business operations and transactions

  • Solid knowledge of commercial law

  • Work collaboratively with the company’s management, attorneys, associates and outside counsel

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

  • Onsite wellness center which includes: 24,000 sq. ft. fitness center, Walgreens pharmacy and Doctor’s office. 

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • Beautiful campus and corporate offices designed like a log cabin offering free coffee, chef run cafe and the best crushed ice! 

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes five employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network, GroPride Network and Scotts Young Professionals.

  • 12 SMG paid holiday days and generous vacation policy.

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.


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