The Legal Counsel is responsible for providing mostly transactional/contracts in-house legal services to the company. Primary responsibility is to act as the in-house IT/software/ASP/SaaS/hardware/reseller contract negotiation wizard/guru/ninja. The Legal Counsel shall work mostly autonomously in a fast-paced, revenue driven environment, coordinate with the needed internal stakeholders, and provide practical legal/business/contract advice. The Legal Counsel shall bring a wealth of enterprise IT knowledge and general business-oriented legal advice.
Expertly draft, negotiate, and advise the business on, complex IT/software/technology agreements including agreements for: software license, professional IT services, ASP, SaaS, cloud, NDA/non-disclosure/confidentiality; open source software license, APIs, mobile, software development, hardware, and software click-through/shrink-wrap.
Wizard for ASP, SaaS, and cloud agreements.
Expertly draft, negotiate and advise the business on, multi-tier IT related reseller/distribution/partner/alliance agreements.
Expertly draft, negotiate and advise the business on, various general commercial agreements.
Outstanding ability exercise sound judgment when negotiating contracts on which issues to yield on and which to push back, taking into account company legal/contract risk profile, overall transaction risk, business deadlines, and customer/partner negotiation disposition.
Extraordinary ability to offer creative contract drafting solutions/alternatives during contract negotiations to enable the business units to close deals and at the same time reasonably protect the company.
Laser beam attention to detail and supreme command of written English.
Advise the executive business team as to best practices and procedures.
Manage the company’s risk while balancing the need to grow the business.
Expert at engaging with needed business development and administrative units in order to build solid and comprehensive contract templates/forms.
Outstanding ability to keep overall transaction goals in mind while ensuring all contract details are accounted for.
Prioritize workload, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet deadlines in a changing fast-paced environment.
Operate with a high degree of autonomy but willing to follow the company, and legal department, policies and practices, along with direction from the General Counsel, even if the candidate has approached issues from a different perspective in the past.
Willing to put in extra effort, and time, during peak business times, e.g. end of month and end of the quarter.
Manage “open source” software licensing.
Be at ease negotiating against sophisticated customer procurement teams and specialized IT procurement supporting in-house legal counsel, including those in the Fortune 500.
Support outside litigation counsel as the in-house interface (no litigation experience required).
Highly self-motivated, energetic, and passionate about being an in-house counsel, with emphasis on being approachable, warm, and a trusted advisor to the business.
Various special legal projects including some compliance.
Employment law experience nice to have but not required.
100% at ease using computers in a business setting and typical enterprise IT systems.
Juris Doctor (JD) from ABA-accredited law school.
Member in good standing of NJ or NY bar, or eligible to practice law as a limited license in-house counsel under NJ judiciary rules.
8 + years total legal experience including
2+ years of in-house experience needed
Outstanding writing, presentation, & communication skills.
Strong negotiation skills and solid business instinct/judgment.
Expert with MS Word and Windows.
Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription, 401(k), PTO (Paid Time Off)
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