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General Conusel in Kailua, Hawaii, US at NOK-Honu

Date Posted: 12/7/2018

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Job Description

Job Summary

The General Counsel will have direct responsibility for all legal matters relating to Honu Services, Inc. and their related companies. This role requires an individual with the personal confidence, legal acumen and business savvy to operate in a highly regulated industry where complete clarity is not always obvious. The General Counsel will exercise sound judgment and decision making, sometimes with potentially limited information and tight timeframes.

Essential Job

  • Provide practical advice and counsel regarding Honu’s corporate obligations including, but not limited to, policy review and creation, employment issues, contract and procurement issues, corporate matters, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, finance and governance
  • Identify potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk avoidance and mitigation; develop and implement corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues and provide general guidance on how to avoid similar situations in the future.
  • Help in establishing and maintaining an effective and fully compliant internal control system with federal, state and local statutes and regulations.
  • Anticipate and guard against legal risks facing the company.
  • Identify, analyze and report on important legislative and regulatory developments.
  • Provide legal counsel on issues arising from actual or anticipated lawsuits, and to prevent future ones.
  • Develop and recommend corporate policy and position on legal issues.
  • Conduct and coordinate research into all aspects of legal issues.
  • Represent corporation, as appropriate, in legal proceedings both domestically and internationally.
  • Write, review, and edit reports, opinions, correspondence, contracts, and other legal documents.
  • Write and administer complex vendor, client, and employment contracts as needed.
  • Respond to government investigations and queries as the principal point of contact.
  • Manage external counsel and general litigation; provide input on the decision whether to send matters to outside counsel and assist in the oversight of outside counsel as necessary.

Job Requirements


Masters in one of the following or related fields: Law and Legal Studies required or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Doctorate preferred.


7+ year(s) of relevant experience required

Specific Knowledge Requirements

  • Successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Assoc. (ABA) and possess the first professional law degree, LLB or JD; LLM, SJD a plus.
  • Member in good standing in a least one State Bar. Willingness to take Hawaii Bar exam if required.
  • Seven or more years of professional legal experience acquired after admission to the bar commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Expert knowledge of Small Business Administration (SBA) Law & Regulations
  • Experience in developing and implementing internal compliance policies and procedures
  • Strong knowledge of U.S. Federal Agency policies governing contracting regulations, including but not limited to the FAR, DFARS, OMB Circulars and other federal standard provisions and administrative guidelines for grants and cooperative agreements.

Special Requirements

  • US Citizenship is required 


  • Must think creatively, from a legal perspective, on matters such as business strategy and plans to be compliant with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Ability to maintain the integrity of the company’s reputation with the public, regulatory authorities, and business clients.
  • Proven skills and abilities in results achievement, goal driven, decision making, good judgment, problem resolution, research and writing and litigation.
  • Extensive written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Possess initiative as well as analytical, organizational and planning skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel both domestically and internationally as needed.

Please note: Honu Services, Inc. reserves the right to change or modify job duties and assignments at any time.  The above job description is not all encompassing.  Positions functions and qualifications may vary depending on business needs.

Honu Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants based on race, color, creed, religion, medical condition, legally protected genetic information, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or Vietnam era, or other eligible veteran status or legally protected characteristics.