What does Corporate Counsel do?

A company’s Corporate Counsel is an in-house legal team who serve as strategic partners and trusted advisors to Executive leadership regarding corporate legal matters and risk mitigation.

Attorneys on the Corporate Counsel team often handle legal documentation, contract negotiation, intellectual property, employment law, and litigation. Some corporations have an individual Corporate Counsel while others have a full legal team, dedicated solely to their company goals and objectives.

Corporate Counsel Responsibilities

  • Advise Executives, senior management, and corporate board on legal matters both proactively and as they arise.
  • Draft, review, and negotiate contracts and legal agreements on the company’s behalf.
  • Drive corporate governance processes, including corporate formation, structuring, and compliance with industry regulations and laws.
  • Mitigate compliance risks related to legal matters through the development of corporate policies and training initiatives.
  • Support M&A initiatives through due diligence and legal guidance.
  • Advise on employment law matters regarding compliance, benefits, labor relations, and disputes.
  • Protect the company’s Intellectual Property through appropriate legal filings and handling infringement issues.
  • Guide the company through legal disputes and litigation.

Corporate Counsel Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited law school.
  • Licensure to practice law in the State of Washington.
  • 10+ years of experience as Corporate Counsel or actively practicing Corporate Law.
  • Extensive experience handling Corporate Governance, Employment Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Intellectual Property matters with large corporate entities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of statutes, rules, and regulations pertaining to businesses.

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