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Counsel (Technology Practice Group)

Chicago, IL
Full Time
Practice Areas: Commercial
The role will involve working with a global team of attorneys to support McDonald’s Global Technology and Digital organizations, as well as other McDonald’s organizations, in executing its strategy to drive growth of a better McDonald’s through technology. In addition to serving the client, this role will contribute to its team’s role of a Center of Expertise (COE) for our McDonald’s Global Legal colleagues in these areas.
  • You will provide day-to-day legal and business advice to select departments and groups within McDonald’s Global Technology and Digital organizations. Such day-to-day advice includes collaborating with senior leadership of these organizations to develop corporate strategies addressing issues such as risk mitigation, supplier management, information security and governance.
  • You draft, review and negotiate commercial contracts for McDonald’s Global Technology and Digital organizations, including synthesizing issues and options for decision makers.
  • You work collaboratively across various Legal and client teams.
  • Represent the Legal department on cross-functional projects.
  • You actively participate on project teams to consider and advise on applicable laws and ways to minimize potential brand risk to McDonald’s.
  • You identify and understand the potential legal risks associated with each initiative and engage domestic and international attorneys with subject matter expertise to address such risks and provide practical, solution-based advice to clients.
  • You act as the primary legal support for each project team, and facilitate and lead the participation of all attorneys required for the project.
  • You engage with and advise senior management charged with owning the project on legal and business issues.
  • You develop innovative approaches to legal issues in support of strategic business initiatives and objectives.
  • You participate effectively and constructively as a member of the team.
  • You will be a strategic partner and trusted advisor on legal and non-legal issues.
  • You will effectively communicate with and influence clients at all levels of the organization, including senior management.
  • You will establish proactive and trustworthy relationships with clients as well as other members of the legal organization globally.
  • You will work independently and efficiently under time pressures and deadlines in a dynamic, demanding environment.

  • JD with relevant legal experience required;
  • Experience handling commercial relationships;
  • Corporate in-house experience is preferred; and
  • Significant commercial contracts experience, including reviewing, drafting, negotiating and advising on sophisticated and complex technology-based contracts
  • Knowledge of issues affecting technology and digital initiatives, including data privacy, protection and retention, cross-border data transfers, information security, accessibility, employment, open source, E-discovery, and intellectual property.
  • Proven ability to identify risks and to comfortably make risk recommendations and decisions, escalating where appropriate
  • Sound judgment evidenced through past work
  • Ability to contribute to, influence, and frequently lead cross-functional teams
  • Comfortable with and effective in dealing with uncertainty and change
  • Intellectual curiosity, especially as it relates to advances in technology

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