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Assistant General Counsel - Products & Transactions

Bay Area: San Francisco

Our client, a leading technology company is looking for an outstanding leader to join their legal team. Reporting to the General Counsel, this Assistant General Counsel, Products & Transactions, will handle a variety of diverse and complex legal and business matters for the company. In this key role, you will need excellent judgment, flexibility, and creative/critical thinking with a practical and business-friendly approach. This is an opportunity to join a rapidly growing company and have direct impact to its continued success.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage and mentor attorneys in each functional area (corporate, product and transactions).
  • Proactively advise stakeholders and manage complex legal issues related to evolving product roadmap, including data privacy, intellectual property, open source export, and other regulatory compliance and best practices throughout the product development cycle.
  • Understand and stay up to date on U.S. and international laws and regulations related to company’s products.  
  • Advise business partners in the implementation of compliance processes for legal and contract requirements.
  • Partner on issues related to compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations applicable to government contractors.
  • Negotiate and serve as escalation point on complex partnership, software licensing (on-premises and SaaS) and support agreements, inbound SaaS and other technology agreements, real estate, employment, marketing, consulting, and other vendor agreements.
  • Partner with other team members on development and updates of templates, processes, and playbooks as business models evolve.
  • Strategically manage intellectual property portfolio and litigation.
  • Assist the General Counsel with corporate duties as needed.  
  • Help in designing, building, and improving legal department processes to keep up with hyper growth.
  • Manage outside counsel.

Requirements:

  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • 10+ years’ experience with a mix of large law firm and in-house preferred.
  • Significant (5+ years) experience in each functional area (product and transactions).
  • Experience coordinating across business lines to keep current on business activities and future plans.
  • Excellent commercial experience with customers, partners and vendors and depth working with global sales and business development teams.
  • Experience advising product management on applicable laws and regulations, with specific experience in data privacy.
  • Experience managing patent portfolio and litigation.
  • Corporate governance, IP, and compliance experience a plus.
  • A motivated self-starter able to provide high-quality work on a wide range of complex matters with minimal supervision.
  • Able to work in a time-sensitive and extremely fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently project manage.
  • Strong business acumen, good common sense, and pragmatic judgment.
  • Ability to instill confidence in business and legal counterparts inside and outside the Company and with C-level executives.
  • Proven high-performing legal experience in an in-house environment.
  • Strong analytical, strategic and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to anticipate legal issues or risks and to build the processes and systems to prevent them from occurring.
  • Sense of humor and superior work ethic.

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