Information Technology Attorney

  • Minority Executive Search
  • Mar 02, 2020
Full time Legal

Job Description

Summary: The person hired will be required to provide both professional legal advice and commercial guidance to the Chief Information Office and related functions and activities which includes information technology (IT), digital technology and advanced analytics. You will serve as a trusted partner in connection with the development of products, platforms, services and other strategic technology initiatives. In this role, you will be a key interface between tech, business units and legal functions, helping to ensure quality customer experiences and compliance with global regulations.

The primary responsibilities of this position include:

  1. Manages, negotiates, drafts and oversees a variety of complex matters and leading-edge commercial and technology agreements, including privacy and data protection, information management, technology outsourcing and procurement, software licensing, cloud service providers and data/services hosted by third parties, software development, and data and analytics.

  2. Reviews, drafts, negotiates and provide business-focused legal advice with respect to digital and other types of technology transactions.

  3. Counsels, provides legal advice and support and manages client groups by providing practical recommendations on day-to-day legal issues, enabling the client to meet its business objectives consistent with the Company's risk tolerance.

  4. Reviews and drafts a variety of agreements and documents and continuously seeks ways to improve the forms, processes, or systems involved, and advises on routine policy and procedural improvements, consulting the business on issues related to technology, and providing practical advice in response to rapidly changing conditions.

  5. Identifies legal risks and designs strategies and plans to mitigate and prevent legal risks.

  6. Provides legal advice when necessary to respond to data security or cybersecurity incidents or a

    government inquiry from government authorities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Acts as an organizational leader in information technology, commercial and other corporate law matters and combines knowledge of these legal specialties with sound business acumen and knowledge of the business goals and objectives.

  • Conducts project and legal matter management independently; consistently exercises sound independent judgment.

  • Identifies and drives development of legal strategies for the Company; manages client expectations to balance requirements and competing priorities; provides useful legal advice and alternative solutions.

  • Expected to work independently and cross-functionally to bring team members together to efficiently and effectively execute the company’s growth strategy.

  • Brings practical solutions and business acumen to all transactions and initiatives.

  • Superior written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with ability to listen attentively and

    to communicate effectively throughout all levels of the organization. Ability to work at the

    executive level with persuasiveness and confidence.

  • Must have the ability to think strategically, assess the legal and business implications of initiatives

    and provide thoughtful, timely, practical and business savvy advice.

  • Manages a slate of domestic and international legal firms dedicated to partnering with the

    company to deliver value-driven legal support for the company’s strategic objectives.

  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required.

  • Requires strong organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple high-priority projects

    simultaneously and a willingness to be flexible in a fast-paced environment.

  • Acts as trusted advisor for the IT function and other business and functional teams and management; has strong grasp of business environment and the industry; effectively partners with stakeholders to identify and design needed improvements; provides legal as well as practical advice within the appropriate business context; understands and manages client expectations; influence colleagues’ actions to mitigate risks.

  • Ensures efficient and timely communication with colleagues and team members.

  • Commitment to Company’s core values.

    General overview of job:

• Identify legal risks and execute strategies to advance the Company’s IT objectives and mitigation

plans by understanding legal issues and translating them into easily understood and practical

legal advice as well as legal advice on routine issues impacting the business;

• Responsibility for managing, negotiating, drafting and overseeing a variety of complex matters

and leading-edge commercial and technology agreements including reviewing, drafting,

negotiating and providing business-focused legal advice with respect to digital and technology

transactions (SaaS, software license, and software/application development agreements among

others); and establishing, reviewing and updating digital and technology policies and agreement


• Providing legal advice when necessary to respond to a data security or cybersecurity incidents or

a government inquiry from government authorities including the Federal Trade Commission, State

Attorneys General, or foreign government authorities at the direction of the General Counsel and

senior leadership;

• Assigning and managing work performed by outside counsel in a cost-effective manner; and

• General business counseling.

This is a challenging and demanding environment where you will be expected to manage a significant volume of work, deliver to tight timelines, partner with people from diverse backgrounds and handle legal issues arising from anywhere in the world. The successful candidate will be familiar with or have a willingness to learn technical concepts. She/he will be a highly responsive, business-minded attorney with a service-oriented attitude, able to prioritize and manage deadlines in a fast-paced and demanding environment, and a person who understands the importance of collaboration and good humor, and who enjoys building strong relationships with internal clients. She/he is also a creative problem-solver with a positive attitude and a collaborative team player. This is a phenomenal opportunity to join one of the most highly sought after and cutting-edge companies in the world.



  • Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited Law School

  • 7+ years of relevant experience in a top tier law firm or mixture of relevant experience in top-tier

    law firm, corporate legal department setting, and/or government agency

  • Demonstrated experience in data privacy law such as GDPR and the CCPA

  • Experience with information security governance and technology issues and cybersecurity

    standards, frameworks, assessments

  • Active state bar member in good standing of at least one U.S. jurisdiction


  • Career track of progressive, documented accomplishments with broad diversity of experiences

  • Experience negotiating against technology companies.

  • Demonstrated experience in intellectual property law

  • Technology and cybersecurity certifications such as NIST and SOC.

  • Experience working in international settings and functioning in diverse cultures.

NIST = The NIST Cybersecurity Framework provides a policy framework of computer security guidance for how private sector organizations in the United States can assess and improve their ability to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber-attacks.

SOC = SOC stands for “system and organization controls,” and the controls are a series of standards designed to help measure how well a given service organization conducts and regulates its information. ... More specifically, SOC 2 is designed for service providers storing customer data in the cloud.