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Legal Contracts Counsel Associate Director The candidate coordinates a team of contract professionals negotiating professional services agreements as well as supporting procurement agreements. Involves the negotiation of the legal terms and conditions of such technology contracts; providing a legal analysis of the associated risks; and related advice to address, manage and mitigate the risks identified. Coordinating activities of team of contract negotiation professionals. Coordinating with attorneys and leadership in other offices. Advising client engagement teams and the relevant Service Line leaders of the key legal risks of the proposed project and contract, including what legal and regulatory issues need to be addressed early in the process. Coordinating with cross functional teams (tax, independence, information security) and legal colleagues (data privacy, employment, alliance) in order to provide a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management. Drafting and negotiating contracts with third parties (master service agreements, professional services agreements, NDAs, outsourcing agreements, technology services agreements, systems implementation agreements, hosting agreements, software as a service agreements) to address the risks identified and levels of performance required from the third party. When negotiating an agreement with implications beyond the US firm, , consulting with legal counsel in other member firms to explain the objective of the activity, the data / personnel that will be impacted, how risks will be mitigated and managed; and to address any remaining local issues with the affected member firm(s), the counterparty, and other stakeholders. Working to make all contractual documents compliant with policies and maintaining an understanding of the impact of any changes in policies, organizational structure, and procedures. Protecting intellectual property to prevent loss/infringement by third parties through trademarks, copyrights, patents and other appropriate safeguards. Providing input and feedback concerning GCO contracting procedures. Attending GCO meetings and training sessions. Working with GCO attorneys to update templates. Provide advice based on the appropriate balance of risk mitigation and business interests on a real-time basis. Foster compliance by partners, principals and employees with all applicable laws, rules and regulations affecting. Provide advice to the Service Line personnel in meeting obligations associated with contracts and agreements. Identify the projects that require communication to and consultation with counsel in GCO or in other Member Firms or other functions (e.g. independence, finance, risk management) and advise engagement teams, internal functions and Service Line leaders on how these can be addressed. Escalate identified key contractual provisions to Lead Contracts lawyer or Deputy General Counsel in accordance with the Procurement Elevation Protocol as necessary. Work independently on nonrecurring projects, with limited direction, and will need to draw upon extensive knowledge and experience to deliver quality risk management. Must be expertise in negotiation techniques, contract law, contract drafting, licensing, intellectual property and project management. A bachelor's degree from an accredited 4 year college is essential. JD degree from an accredited law school is essential. Should have 8-10 years of relevant experience within a law firm or a corporate legal department. Membership in the State Bar as an attorney qualified to practice law in state where office is located is essential. Good standing with the State Bar including being current on individual state Continuing Legal Education requirements are needed.
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