The Senior Counsel will report to the General Counsel and partner with the General Counsel to build the Company's legal function. The Senior Counsel will be engaged in day-to-day counseling of stakeholders across the business on various matters, seeking to understand needs, helping to inform and educate, and evangelizing best practices. Counseling work will vary depending on business needs, with an initial focus on matters relating to employment, wage-and-hour, and intellectual property issues, including the creation and propagation of relevant policies. The Senior Counsel will also have primary responsibility for the review and management of the company's heavy volume of commercial contracts. The ideal candidate will be eager to learn all areas of the business and will desire to develop the skill set of an in-house generalist. They will have the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced, innovative, rapidly changing environment, getting up to speed on new areas of law quickly and effectively, and will be comfortable with competing and shifting priorities. This attorney will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to distill complex legal jargon to easy-to-understand issues and solutions.
Strong relationship building and leadership skills. Ability to provide entrepreneurial, pragmatic, business-oriented advice. Ability to analyze legal issues through risk assessment, risk management, and pragmatic decision-making lenses, rather than simply identifying areas of potential legal risk. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with a high level of professionalism and outstanding business judgment. Ability to work collaboratively with multiple constituents and a willingness to complete work tasks outside of immediate job responsibilities, as needed. Excellent analytical, verbal, and written communications skills, including the ability to advise and influence a broad spectrum of constituents at all levels. Ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects in different areas, independently and simultaneously. Willingness and desire to learn new skills and areas of the law.
Required Qualifications & Experience
J.D. and active member of the California state bar. Minimum of 6 years of experience with significant responsibility for handling workload with minimum supervision. Combined experience in law firm and in-house legal experience preferred. Significant experience, preferably in an in-house environment, with employment and wage-and-hour matters, including counseling regarding related policies and procedures. Significant experience, preferably in an in-house environment, negotiating a wide variety of commercial contracts, including but not limited to procurement, customer/sales agreements, NDAs, and MSAs. Experience creating contract templates. Experience managing contract databases is a plus. Experience advising clients with respect to corporate governance, data privacy and security, and IP issues is a plus.
Working closely with Human Resources and managing a broad array of employment and wage-and-hour issues arising in various U.S. jurisdictions. Performing early assessment of employment-related litigation matters and working with outside counsel to develop related case strategy. Working with and advising in-house clients directly regarding commercial transactions. Providing risk mitigation advice and counsel as needed on a broad range of regulatory and legal matters. Providing guidance and counsel on IP matters, including guidance on marketing, advertising, claim substantiation, and IP protection, and participating in the development of IP policies. Developing internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable international, federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Perform other related duties as assigned by General Counsel.