Senior Counsel, Employment Cresco Labs – Chicago, IL


Recently named one of Entrepreneur magazine’s Top 100 Cannabis Leaders, Cresco Labs is one of the largest vertically-integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States. Cresco is built to become the most important company in the cannabis industry by combining the most strategic geographic footprint with one of the leading distribution platforms in North America. Employing a consumer-packaged goods (“CPG”) approach to cannabis, Cresco’s house of brands is designed to meet the needs of all consumer segments and includes some of the most recognized and trusted national brands including Cresco, Remedi and Mindy’s, a line of edibles created by James Beard Award-winning chef Mindy Segal. Sunnyside*, Cresco’s national dispensary brand is a wellness-focused retailer designed to build trust, education and convenience for both existing and new cannabis consumers. Recognizing that the cannabis industry is poised to become one of the leading job creators in the country, Cresco has launched the industry’s first national comprehensive Social Equity and Educational Development (SEED) initiative designed to ensure that all members of society have the skills, knowledge and opportunity to work in and own businesses in the cannabis industry.


At Cresco, we aim to lead the nation’s cannabis industry with a focus on regulatory compliance, product consistency, and customer satisfaction. Our operations bring legitimacy to the cannabis industry by acting with the highest level of integrity, strictly adhering to regulations, and promoting the clinical efficacy of cannabis. As Cresco grows, we will operate with the same level of professionalism and precision in each new market we move in to.


Cresco Labs is seeking an experienced Senior Counsel – Employment to work on legal issues within the Company. This position will report to the Associate General Counsel – Labor & Employment. The ideal candidate will have hands-on experiences handling employment matters at varying levels. This person will possess a strong business partner mindset, including providing advice and counsel to HR professionals. Cresco’s Employment Attorney will work on the company’s strategic initiatives and support employment litigation.


  • Contribute employment law expertise to support the company’s objectives and collaborate with the Executive Team and cross-functional departments to manage risk
  • Provide day-to-day employment law advice on a variety of topics, including FMLA, ADA, discrimination, counseling, discipline, documentation, terminations, investigations, wage & hour, collective bargaining, compensation and other matters to HR and Business Partners.
  • Draft, review and negotiate a variety of employment-related documents in support of Cresco objectives
  • Provide timely and insightful advice and counsel to the business on wide variety of legal, regulatory, and compliance
  • Manage employment related claims, litigation and related matters, including the retention and management of outside counsel or other experts


  • JD from an accredited law school required
  • Minimum 4+ years’ experience either in-house or at a law firm
  • Skilled in negotiation, client service and the ability to interact effectively with Cresco personnel
  • Analytical skills and the ability to think through critical information and make informed recommendations
  • Capable of handling confidential information discreetly and professionally
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Excel, MS Office Adobe Suite required
  • Must have the ability to develop and foster strong working relationships throughout all levels of the organization and to recognize potential issues and make sound legal judgements
  • Excellent organization and planning skills
  • Excellent people and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to successfully manage a high-volume workload with tight deadlines
  • Ability to model Cresco’s Values: Stewardship, Ownership and Leadership


Cresco Labs requires that all corporate employees be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus on or before September 30, 2021. If you are offered and accept a position, you will be required to prove your vaccination status prior to when your employment begins. If you require a medical or religious accommodation with regard to vaccination, please let us know once you receive an offer of employment (if applicable).


Cresco Labs is proud to offer eligible employees a robust offering of benefits including, major medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401(K)-match program, FSA/HSA programs, LTD/STD options, life insurance and AD&D. We also offer eligible employees paid holidays and paid time off. Other rewards may include annual discretionary bonuses, stock options as well as participation in our employee discount program. Benefits eligibility for permanent positions may vary by full-time or part-time roles, location, or position.


  • Must be 21 years of age or older to apply
  • Must comply with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry

Cresco Labs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

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