What does a Legal Counsel do?

Of counsels are lawyers who have an affiliation and working relationship with a law firm, but do not hold a staff title such as partner or associate. They provide legal advice and guidance, often focused in their particular area of legal specialization. They are often enlisted to provide legal expertise to a certain business division or department, or to advise executives and other stakeholders. They sometimes work as an independent contractor, often maintaining a part-time schedule or serving as an occasional consultant as needed. Payment structures vary by firm and may include equity or profit-based compensation.

Of counsels are attorneys who have a J.D. degree and must have a valid license to practice law in their state. They have extensive legal experience and often have specialized expertise. These roles require strong communication and client relations skills.

What responsibilities are common for Legal Counsel jobs?
  • Ability to identify, evaluate, and provide risk-appropriate legal solutions to further the business.
  • Work independently and assist the General Counsel as needed.
  • Advise on legal issues involving government and regulatory compliance.
  • Assist senior attorneys in resolving routine and novel legal questions.
  • Identify and mitigate risks (legal, operational, reputational and other).
  • Provide contract support to clients.
  • Provide advice and guidance on legal and business-related issues to senior business leaders.
  • Delegate to and provide support for any legal support staff.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of the end to end claims and label process.
  • Implement regulatory change and support the delivery of strategic projects.
  • Support legal projects being supervised by the General Counsel.
  • Promote collaboration and assist others with their initiatives and efforts.
  • Provide immediate onsite support for digital forensics and litigation support.
  • We also assist many of our clients with permanent positions, including general counsel searches.
  • Review and respond to customer, partner, or regulator inquiries as needed.
  • Provide risk management analysis related to general business practices and monitors claims against or on behalf of the company.
  • Establish and monitor relevant contracts and agreements.
What are the typical qualifications for Legal Counsel jobs?
  • Juris Doctorate.
  • Experience with FCPA, AML, and NDAS systems and software.
  • Solid critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Can strive for continuous improvement.
  • Fluent in contract drafting.
  • Demonstrated business acumen and sense of humor in difficult moments.
  • Collaborative with clients, colleagues, and other necessary parties.
  • Is a confident negotiator.
  • Prior experience as a consultant.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Legal Counsel make?

$193,885 /yr
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“Real and tangible opportunities to advance your career and make an impact on the organization.”

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“This is growth opportunity and I recommend you make your own judgement if you have the opportunity to work here.”

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“You get a lot of responsibility and the internship is a great place to start your career.”

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“Could be a good stepping stone to better career opportunities if you can deal with the cons.”

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“The company is rapidly growing which invites a lot of potential to grow in your career.”

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Aug 24, 2021

“Stable and good work life balance”

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