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Legal and Compliance Lead

| Chicago


Company Overview:

At the Catch Company, our purpose is to rescue people from the indoors and connect them one of America’s largest sporting industries: fishing. Our approach is built on 4 pillars:

  • Digital first
  • Brand matters (a lot)
  • Go vertical (we make many of the products we feature)
  • Data, data, data

Using these pillars, we’re building a premier digital shopping experience that introduces anglers to the best new gear and lifestyle apparel and we are looking for exceptionally talented people to help make that vision a reality. In addition to being talented, our team members are honest, curious, take action and always seek to leave things better than they found them. If that sounds like you, we would love to meet you.


Position Overview:

The Catch Company is looking for a strategic, business-minded Legal and Compliance lead to ensure that the company is smartly managing its risks and to lead the execution of legal projects in an efficient manner.


What you will do:

  • Provide counsel on corporate matters, including…
    • IP protection
    • Employment matters
    • Contract negotiations with service providers and media partners
    • Tax nexus
    • Financing
    • Regulatory compliance (e.g., website and packaging)
    • Real estate/leases
    • Litigation
  • Advise the Board of Directors on board-related issues
  • Act as primary company risk manager, analyzing and addressing risk inherent in every major decision
  • Partner with HR to develop an ethical corporate culture
  • Manage Legal budget and all outside counsel relationships and costs
  • Manage the company’s equity incentive program and cap table
  • Conduct an exhaustive review of existing legal documentation, filling gaps as recommended
  • Ensure that the company’s licenses and registrations are in good standing
  • Shift from executing as an individual contributor in the early going to recruiting and managing a stellar team as workload increases
  • Developing appropriate licensing contracts with third parties.
  • Managing contracts with manufacturing and other product partners.

    What will make you successful:

    • Curiosity: Always seeking to understand “why”. Always looking to make things better.
    • Passion: You are driven by a love for what you do
    • Optimism: The ability to bounce back quickly when something doesn’t work
    • Action: Knowing when to shift from planning to doing
    • Honesty: Transparency with customers, partners and teammates. Strong professional ethics and integrity
    • Entrepreneurial spirit
    • Data-driven mindset
    • Willingness to get your hands dirty
    • Ability to add structure to ambiguous situations

      What makes this a special opportunity:

      • You will play a key role in establishing and protecting the company’s long-term value
      • You will be involved in many of the company’s highest-leverage initiatives, like media deals and product licensing
      • You will work directly with Catch Co.’s c-level team
      • We are a dynamic early-stage startup with tons of momentum (ranked #435 on the 2017 Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies)
      • We place a premium on building a great culture made up of great people
      • You will work with and learn from experienced leaders who have a track record of building successful companies

      We are based in Chicago’s West Loop, with easy access to all major public transportation systems



      • JD degree from a top university
        • Additional business-oriented education is a plus
      • 5+ years of professional legal experience with a top-tier law firm and/or in a corporate environment
        • Experience working with high-growth, early-stage companies is a plus
      • Licensed to practice law in Illinois
      • Legal generalist skill set
      • Experience with fundraising, IP management
      • Experience operating on a budget and weighing risk against cost


      • Competitive Medical Dental and Vision insurance.
      • 401(K)
      • Ability to work from home.
      • Flexible working hours.
      • "Take what you need" vacation policy.
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      We are located in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood across the street from the French Market and Ogilvie Transportation Center.

      An Insider's view of Catch Co.

      What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

      Out of all of the things I do as Senior Content Manager at Catch Co, the most fun (and challenging) is creating content around Karl VonDibble. Karl is the official face of our company. With him being a larger-than-life character, it gives us an endless opportunity to create content around his hi-jinks. This can be both overwhelming and exciting.

      Brett Forde, aka MTB Hat Guy

      Senior Content Manager

      How has your career grown since starting at the company?

      Catch Co. continuously encourages me to expand my skill set and advance my career, particularly when I transitioned into my new role within the company. I have the opportunity to work on high-impact projects, collaborate with senior leaders, and drive company culture – all while collaborating with team members across functions.

      Natalie Robinson

      Special Projects Manager

      What is your vision for the company?

      We believe the unknown is best explored together. We exist to create a community of discoverers. Our vision is for every angler in America to discover something great, unexpected or memorable through one of our brands.

      Ross Gordon


      How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

      One of our key objectives is to put the right data in the hands of our decision makers via our self-service analytics platform. We’re constantly talking to our peers in marketing, operations, etc., about the issues they’re trying to solve, building tools to help them analyze those issues, and improving those tools through a constant feedback cycle.

      Nick Johnson

      Strategy and Analytics Manager

      What are Catch Co. Perks + Benefits

      Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
      Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
      Dental Benefits
      Vision Benefits
      Health Insurance Benefits
      Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
      Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
      Child Care Benefits
      Generous Parental Leave
      Flexible Work Schedule
      Remote Work Program
      Family Medical Leave
      Vacation & Time Off Benefits
      Unlimited Vacation Policy
      Paid Volunteer Time
      Paid Holidays
      Paid Sick Days
      Perks & Discounts
      Casual Dress
      Commuter Benefits
      Company Outings
      Stocked Kitchen
      Some Meals Provided
      Happy Hours
      Professional Development Benefits
      Job Training & Conferences
      Tuition Reimbursement
      Diversity Program
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