In House Opportunities

 

Director/Senior Director, Intellectual Property (Silicon Valley, CA)

Our client, a publicly traded and leading technology company, is seeking a Director/Sr. Director of Intellectual Property. This legal executive will report directly to the General Counsel and will lead the company’s IP function.

The ideal candidate is a business-minded attorney with sophisticated IP experience and an expertise in patent law. Qualified candidates will have at least 10 - 15+ years of experience including quality law firm training and in-house experience. S/he must possess a deep understanding of intellectual property law including patent, IP strategy, IP portfolio management, patent litigation, technology transactions, licensing, and M&A due diligence. A technical degree (i.e., electrical engineering, computer science, material sciences, physics), membership to the USPTO and California Bar or Registered In-House Counsel (RIHC) status is required. Local candidates only.

This seasoned IP executive will lead the effort to expand and manage the company’s global IP assets and manage the strategic relationships that are critical to its success and market dominance. S/he will also work closely with and support the company’s technical and sales community. In order to succeed in this corporate environment, this attorney must possess a positive attitude and strong work ethic, be collaborative and flexible. S/he must be comfortable working with engineers (R&D), sales and business units. In addition, s/he must also possess the ability to work well with executives in all corporate verticals and demonstrate the commitment to being a good manager.

Compensation is competitive with excellent benefits. This is a phenomenal opportunity to join a strong, innovative and growing company in a dynamic role with a great deal of responsibility and autonomy.

Solutus Legal has been selected as the exclusive representative on this desirable search. Interested candidates, please submit resumes to search@solutuslegal.com for consideration. Resumes submitted directly to our client will be forwarded to Solutus for review and evaluation.

Ref: # 414-SLS - Apply Now


Head of Legal & Chief Compliance Officer, San Francisco, CA

Our client, a Y Combinator company in the Bitcoin space is taking off and seeking their first attorney to lead the legal and compliance function for the organization. This attorney will report directly to the CEO and Co-Founder and will help navigate one of the most exciting and disruptive technologies in the market today. This company is well funded and poised to be a major player in the Fintech space.

The ideal candidate will possess at least 8/10+ years of experience with legal compliance, including developing ethics and compliance programs, as well as working with regulators. As the first attorney, this candidate must also be capable of drafting and negotiating (commercial/technology) agreements, handling general corporate, IP, employment, HR and any day-to-day legal issues. The ability to partner with outside counsel effectively is key. Experience in fintech with knowledge of blockchain/digital currency is strongly preferred.

The ideal attorney will possess a strong legal and business background and have deep expertise in compliance. S/he will be socially intelligent, exercise good judgment and demonstrate maturity and confidence. This candidate must also be comfortable with uncertainty, and thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced and fast-scaling environment that is unstructured and fluid. A high level of enthusiasm for the company’s mission along with a positive attitude is required.

Skills Required:

  • 5+ years of legal & compliance experience and/or government/regulator background
  • Developing, implementing and managing ethics and compliance program
  • Experience in the financial and/or FinTech sector
  • Developing and implementing anti-corruption and AML/KYC programs
  • Experience with internal controls, audits and/or financial reporting
  • Familiarity with SEC, CFTC and Treasury regulations
  • Draft and negotiate relevant B to B commercial agreements including MSA, SOW, MOU
  • Highly-motivated self-starter able to work independently while collaborating and coordinating as needed
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, flexible, and diligent
  • JD degree and membership to the State Bar of California

For those seeking a great adventure with the opportunity to help shape the company and create lasting impact as well as work with smart, enthusiastic colleagues…this is an opportunity of a career.

Solutus Legal Search has been exclusively retained to conduct this prestigious search. Interested candidates, please submit your materials to search@solutuslegal.com. Candidates circumventing Solutus will be referred directly to our firm for consideration.

Ref: # 413-SLS - Apply Now


Senior Corporate Counsel/AGC – San Francisco, CA

Our client, a market leader private technology company, seeks to hire a Senior Corporate Counsel/AGC for its growing legal department. The company was founded by a serial entrepreneur CEO with a proven track record, including taking a company public. Our client has attracted an impressive line of top tier investors and board members – and has raised over $150M in capital. The position will report directly to the Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer, who will be a great supervisor and mentor. This is a rare, ground floor opportunity to build something important and work on an exciting product with ample growth potential that is actually fun and bringing people together by removing cultural barriers.

The ideal candidate will have 5-12 years of legal experience in positions of increasing responsibility at high-growth companies. Experience at a SaaS, cloud computing or enterprise software B2C company is a strong plus. S/he will possess substantive experience in the following substantive areas:

  • Drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements, including sales, partnership, and inbound agreements, NDAs, and vendor agreements;
  • Counseling on product development, privacy (including GDPR), data protection, and compliance issues;
  • Managing the development of a company’s intellectual property portfolio;
  • Designing and building legal processes to support the company’s operations and scale including policies and procedures, form creation and automation, contracts management systems, approval escalation path and playbooks; and
  • Corporate governance and SEC compliance.

Strong personal attributes and values are essential for success in this role. Key qualifications include:

  • Personal passion for industry leading technology and execution.
  • Strategic thinking combined with the ability to execute, and as needed, change strategy to respond to movements in the market.
  • Flexible, independent, forward thinking with a willingness to engage in all aspects of the business.
  • Project Management capabilities: ability to plan, initiate, monitor and implement a strategy and execute projects that achieve strategic goals within a team.
  • Excellent written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills along with the ability to work effectively with multiple functional areas in a collaborative, team environment.
  • A proactive, hands-on, roll-up the sleeves individual who able commands respect of both the internal organization as well as external partners through leadership, deep subject matter expertise, a solutions oriented approach, intelligence and hard work.
  • Proven ability and desire to work effectively, delivering accurate results under tight deadlines, in a fast paced, entrepreneurial, dynamic environment.
  • Strong leadership abilities. Decisive. Concentrates on high priority issues.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Unquestionable integrity, credibility, and character.

Compensation and title are competitive and will align with the candidate’s seniority and relevant experience.

Solutus has been selected as the exclusive representative on this desirable search. Interested candidates, please submit resumes to search@solutuslegal.com for consideration. Resumes submitted directly to our client will be forwarded to Solutus for review and evaluation.

Ref: # 412-SLS - Apply Now


Head of Legal, San Francisco, CA

Our client, a rapidly growing and well-funded private B-to-B software/marketing data company, has exclusively retained Solutus Legal Search to assist the executives in their search for the company’s first in-house attorney to lead the legal function. This is an exciting opportunity to join the organization in its early stages and work across the business, with a particular focus on partnering with Product and Sales to provide strategic, business-oriented legal guidance on a wide variety of issues. Compensation and benefits are competitive for this role.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Advising on product development, from early stages through product launch;
  • Counseling on privacy, data protection, and compliance issues;
  • Structuring, drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements, including sales, partnership, and inbound agreements;
  • Managing the development of the company’s intellectual property portfolio;
  • Designing and building processes to facilitate legal support of the company’s operational teams;
  • Strong interaction and partnership with the executives; and
  • Building the legal team.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • 12+ years of experience practicing law in the technology space, including at least four years as an in-house attorney;
  • Experience at a SaaS, cloud computing or enterprise software company;
  • Experience advising product development, sales, and operational teams on issues related to cloud software, including contracts, privacy, data security, intellectual property, and marketing;
  • Impeccable legal and business judgment and an ability to quickly risk-assess and prioritize;
  • Excellent presence and proven ability to influence at all levels;
  • An ability to communicate complex issues, both written and oral, with ease;
  • A collaborative approach with no ego in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment;
  • Strategic sense to build a team, but tactical enough to execute on a day-to-day basis; and
  • A J.D., admission to the California Bar, and an excellent academic record. Local candidates only (Northern California).

Solutus Legal Search has been retained on an exclusive basis for this search partnership. Interested candidates may contact us at search@solutuslegal.com. Candidates applying directly to the company will be redirected to Solutus for consideration.

Ref: # 402-SLS - Apply Now


Paralegal - Silicon Valley

Our client, a highly regarded multinational technology company has engaged Solutus Legal to assist the company in its search for a corporate paralegal with strong M&A experience to join their in-house team. This position will be based in Silicon Valley.

About the Role

Our client is at the heart of the world's most advanced digital products. The company designs scalable, energy efficient-processors and related technologies to deliver the intelligence in applications ranging from sensors to servers, including smartphones, tablets, enterprise infrastructure and the Internet of Things. The company has established operations in and sells into multiple locations around the world. The company is a complex and dynamic IP business, presenting daily challenges to its in-house legal team.

Our client is looking for an expert and highly talented paralegal to support M&A and integration activity in the USA as well as the rest of the world, as part of the legal team supporting the company’s corporate functions (including Corporate Development, HR, IT, Operations, Marketing). Working closely with commercial personnel, and other members of the global legal function, supporting the legal function’s role and handling key partner relationships.

This is an exciting time to join the company as its business continues to grow and evolve, with an opportunity to develop expertly and gain experience in a dynamic but supportive legal team.

What will I be accountable for?

  • Member of the corporate legal team, you will assist on an ongoing basis with the company’s global M&A activity as well as the legal integration of a broad range of acquired businesses into the company.
  • Communicate clearly with Legal across the US, UK, Europe and Asia as well as internal stakeholders, including the company’s integration management office (IMO) and corporate development functions, and external counsel, advising on legal issues and risks arising from acquisition and integration strategies.
  • Help execute legal diligence, prepare for signing/closing of acquisitions, working on integration post-closing. Provide support in relation to other corporate transactions such as joint ventures, investments and divestments.
  • Help support transaction documentation with support from external counsel. Assist management of external legal support.
  • Support other lawyers in the Legal team as required and where capacity allows, including corporate governance, co-sec and other commercial legal and business-led projects.

What skills, experience and qualifications do I need?

  • An experienced paralegal with relevant experience.
  • Flexibility to support business need, including ability to travel to support deals globally.
  • US transaction experience.
  • Comfortable with all sizes and types of M&A, particularly on the buy side and in connection with technology companies.
  • Experience with integration in connection with M&A activity.
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills.
  • Sound commercial awareness.
  • Common sense, practical approach and a willingness to work on own initiative.
  • Standout Colleague.
  • Ability to handle time effectively, prioritize workload and understand business processes and priorities.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English.
  • In-house corporate experience at a global corporation.
  • Exposure to broader commercial legal work.
  • Global transaction experience.

What are the desired behaviors for this role?

The company is proud to have a set of behaviors that reflect their unrivaled culture and guide their decisions, defining how they work together to defy ordinary and craft extraordinary. These behaviors are assessed as part of the recruitment process:

  • Partner and customer focus – Your tendency to put your partners and customers first in all that you do by understanding their needs and striving to achieve win-win solutions.
  • Collaboration and communication – Your ability to forge lasting relationships which are built upon mutual trust, open communication and sharing of information and success.
  • Creativity and innovation – Possessing a real passion for driving continuous improvement through spotting opportunities and seeking the views of others.
  • Team and personal development – You take time to drive your own development, whilst also encouraging team members and partners to do the same.
  • Impact and influence – You listen to different perspectives, evaluate, persuade and carefully shape your work to deliver truly impactful results.
  • Deliver on your promises – You demonstrate a can-do attitude and you drive to overcome obstacles, acting with a sense of urgency because you’re passionate about what you do.

Our client is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Solutus Legal has been selected as the exclusive representative on this desirable search. Interested candidates, please submit resumes to search@solutuslegal.com for consideration. Resumes submitted directly to our client will be forwarded to Solutus for review and evaluation.

Ref: # 409-SLS - Apply Now


General Counsel – San Ramon, CA

Our client, a $150 million annual revenue international SaaS and On-Prem based software company, newly acquired by a premier private equity firm has exclusively retained Solutus Legal Search to assist the Company in its search for a General Counsel. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with the company’s executives and manage a variety of legal matters (domestic and international) for the organization. The General Counsel will manage a small legal team of 3 to 5 people and will report directly to the CFO. Local candidates only at this time (SF Bay Area).

The ideal candidate will have at least 12-15+ years of law firm and in house experience and will possess a strong commercial and general corporate background. Current or prior experience at a SaaS, cloud computing or enterprise software company is a strong plus as well. This attorney will also have experience advising sophisticated sales organizations in all aspects of their deals as well as advising internal and external clients on a variety of legal areas including privacy, cloud software, M&A and general corporate matters. The General Counsel will employ a “roll up your sleeves” approach with a deep understanding of the business issues and how to move business forward.

Strong communication skills, excellent judgment and flexibility are a must. Those with big egos need not apply. Our client’s culture is energetic, fresh and team oriented. The people are fun and genuinely nice individuals. It also moves at a constant pace and change is constant. The ideal General Counsel will have the ability to adapt and work with a diverse group of colleagues at all levels.

This is a remarkable opportunity (in the East Bay!) to work with seasoned executives in a high impact role. The opportunity for a fulfilling experience is very high. Compensation and benefits are competitive.

Solutus Legal Search has been retained on an exclusive basis for this search partnership. Interested candidates may contact us at search@solutuslegal.com. Candidates applying directly to the company will be redirected to Solutus for consideration.

Ref: # 407-SLS - Apply Now


Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Commercial and Legal Affairs (Divisional Lead Counsel) – San Francisco Bay Area

Our client, a fast-growing and dynamic FinTech (subscription billing and payment solutions) company, and division of a high profile, multi-billion dollar technology company, is seeking an experienced and sophisticated attorney to handle all legal aspects of its business, and act as the lead commercial SaaS attorney across its parent organization and subsidiaries. This is a strategic and vital role within the organization that offers management opportunity as well as the ability to have a direct impact on the Company’s exponential growth. This attorney will serve as the head of legal for the Company itself, while also acting as the parent organization’s (and its subs) go-to commercial counsel on all commercial SaaS transactions.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Structuring, drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements, including specifically SaaS transactions, SWOs, MSAs and NDAs;
  • Advising on a large gamut of day to day legal issues such as IP, corporate governance, M&A, employment;
  • Counseling on privacy, data protection and compliance issues;
  • Managing a team of corporate counsel;
  • Acting as a trusted advisor to executive management and sales teams;
  • Designing and building processes to facilitate legal support of the company’s operational teams;
  • Providing legal analysis and risk assessments to team members, and participating in business decision-making processes;

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • 10+ years experience in corporate in house counsel roles, including with SaaS companies;
  • Experience working in complex environments and driving issues and projects cross-functionally;
  • Strong business acumen, as well as customer-facing and negotiation skills;
  • Comfortable and adept at balancing risk and opportunity;
  • Adept at leading a legal team, coaching and mentorship;
  • Calm under pressure and able to handle multiple projects and priorities efficiently in a rapidly changing environment.

This is a unique opportunity to help drive the business and strategy of one of the Bay Area’s fastest growing FinTech companies, while also acting as a key advisor on SaaS commercial issues to an established public technology company and its multiple subsidiaries.


Solutus Legal has been selected as the exclusive representative on this desirable search. Interested candidates, please submit resumes to search@solutuslegal.com for consideration. Resumes submitted directly to our client will be forwarded to Solutus for review and evaluation.

Ref: # 405-SLS - Apply Now


AGC, Commercial San Francisco Bay Area (Mid-Peninsula)

Our client, an early stage, pre-public financial services/SaaS technology company, has retained Solutus Legal Search on an exclusive basis to assist the Company with its search for an AGC, Commercial. This attorney will report directly to the General Counsel and will be responsible for managing the Company’s commercial legal matters. This is a rare opportunity to be on the ground floor of a dynamic and rapidly growing company and legal department, and to work on challenging issues that impact the business at all levels. This role offers exposure to a wide variety of commercial issues with the opportunity for advancement and professional growth.

The AGC, Commercial will advise business teams on the various legal issues and risks, business strategies, complex commercial deals and other issues related to technology transactions. Other duties include drafting and negotiating enterprise SaaS agreements as well as alliance, professional service, support, customer, partnership and vendor agreements. In addition, s/he will lead the legal expansion in key international jurisdictions and draft and negotiate a variety of complex technology transactions that are both domestic and international in scope. Strong experience with enterprise sales, and highly customized products and implementation activities is preferred.

The ideal candidate has 8-12 years of commercial experience with a strong acumen in enterprise SaaS matters. Excellent legal and business judgment, an athletic mindset and the ability to work in a fast-paced startup environment are musts. This attorney will be a team player who can effectively collaborate with members of Legal and other functional groups, often building the operations of the company. S/he will also prioritize responsiveness and service to internal clients and have excellent communication skills.

Solutus Legal Search has been retained on an exclusive basis for this search partnership. Interested candidates may contact us at search@solutuslegal.com. Candidates circumventing Solutus and applying directly to the company will be redirected to Solutus for consideration.

Ref: # 403-SLS - Apply Now


Senior Attorney (Employment) – Boutique Law Firm – San Francisco Bay Area Mid-Peninsula

Our client, an amazing employment law boutique firm has exclusively engaged Solutus Legal in its search for a Senior Attorney to join the group’s growing practice. The successful candidate will perform a mix of counseling and employment litigation and have 10+ years of employment law experience. The successful candidate must be comfortable and skilled at being a zealous advocate in the litigation process. Top law firm experience and California Bar admission are required.

This is a great opportunity to work with an entrepreneurial, client-focused law firm that provides sophisticated legal services for companies, groups and individuals. This role will provide an opportunity to gain hands on experience working with high level clients from start-ups to mature private and public companies. The firm has been named a “Best Law Firm” in the employment field and offers a collaborative and collegial environment.

Strong experience in the employment field, including the ability to give sophisticated employment counseling and litigation advice based on deep employment law substantive expertise, is essential. Excellent drafting skills, precise attention to detail and strong and clear written and oral communication skills are also a must.

The position offers attractive compensation, bonuses and benefits and is located in an attractive and comfortable office space. The position also offers continued growth and the opportunity for ongoing advancement in pay.

This is an amazing opportunity for the lawyer who wants to work with a great employment team and do world-class work for high level clients. Interested candidates who meet the specifications above, please submit your resume and indication of interest to search@solutuslegal.com.

Ref: # 400-SLS - Apply Now


Legal Counsel - Europe

Our client, a provider of leading edge RPA software solutions that enable their enterprise customers to automate their business processes, is looking for a licensing attorney with M&A experience to be based in Europe. You will support our client’s EU sales transactions and will work closely with and provide advice to the EU sales team based in the UK. Your focus will be reviewing and negotiating enterprise software and technology licenses, services agreements, non-disclosure agreements, RFP responses, and distribution agreements. You may also be requested to review vendor agreements in support of the US team, and assist in the any acquisitions in the EU.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

  • Work closely with our client’s sales teams in the EU, India and the United States to understand and achieve key business and sales objectives
  • Report to US Legal team based in the Silicon Valley (US)
  • Review and negotiate software licensing, support services, and nondisclosure agreements in support of EMEA sales
  • Provide EU centric advice to business and technology teams regarding deal structures and common approaches to addressing issues
  • Drive agreements to completion
  • Advise on EU commercial laws and prepare localized EU versions of our software license and other agreements
  • Advise on EU data issues
  • Advise on EU risks and liabilities of proposed commercial transactions and devise creative and practical legal solutions to meet business objectives
  • Advise on and assist with M&A deals in the EU, including conducting and assisting in the management of due diligence, assisting in the drafting of deal documentation, coordinating deal closings, tracking post-closing requirements, and assisting in post-deal integration

WHAT TO BRING MUST-HAVES

  • Must be proficient in English
  • A practical and proactive problem-solver who possesses business acumen
  • Skillful negotiator experienced in drafting commercial contracts
  • At least two to three years of transactional legal experience at a mid or large size law firm.
  • High volume commercial software transactions experience with enterprise licensing and/or services sales agreements, non-disclosure agreements, RFP responses, and technology distributor agreements
  • Knowledge of legal issues in complex services and technology transactions
  • M&A experience including conducting due diligence, coordinating deal closings, tracking post-closing requirements, and assisting in post-deal integration
  • The ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks to meet deadlines
  • Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Personal and professional integrity
  • Law degree from an US or UK law school
  • Eligible to practice law in your country of residence

NICE-TO-HAVES

  • Experience working with US companies
  • Experience working with Indian sales teams
  • 3 years at a recognized law firm focusing on commercial or licensing transactions
  • In-house experience helpful, particularly with start-up culture
  • Meaningful experience in other relevant areas such as cloud and SaaS agreements, privacy laws, data security, export-import controls, and other regulatory issues impacting software transactions
  • Proficient in German and/or French

Solutus Legal has been selected as the exclusive representative on this desirable search. Interested candidates, please submit resumes to search@solutuslegal.com for consideration. Resumes submitted directly to our client will be forwarded to Solutus for review and evaluation.


Ref: # 396-SLS - Apply Now


Senior Vice President – San Francisco Bay Area

Our client, a leading global professional services firm, is seeking an experienced and savvy Tax attorney to work on complex transactions and act as a trusted advisor on a variety of issues including renewable energy, M&A and general corporate. This position offers a broad range of responsibilities, and uniquely offers the opportunity to move into a coveted business development role. Solutus has been exclusively engaged for this desirable search.
Our client is looking for a dynamic, intelligent and tenacious tax attorney with at least seven of experience working in income taxation, tax law and the tax ramifications of business transactions. This attorney must have significant client facing experience practicing tax law and developing tax related business for the law firm. S/he must have the sophistication and poise to advise senior managers and C-Suite level Fortune 100 clients. Ideally, s/he will have a keen interest in business development and/or a proven track record in developing new client relationships. S/he must have an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to problem solve and negotiate.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Field client and team inquires regarding discrete tax issues and respond with creative and new solutions and offerings
  • Structure and place tax insurance programs on behalf of high profile clients
  • Support the production efforts of US retail producers
  • Attend important tax related conferences around the United States to promote team
  • Create new business leads and network among the SF legal and business community

If you are looking for an opportunity to transition your career from a pure legal role to one that is more business oriented, this is the opportunity for you. You must have a high level of self-direction and sound judgment, and be able to operate independently. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.

Solutus Legal has been selected as the exclusive representative on this desirable search. Interested candidates, please submit resumes to search@solutuslegal.com for consideration. Resumes submitted directly to our client will be forwarded to Solutus for review and evaluation.

Ref: # 398-SLS - Apply Now


Life Sciences Licensing Attorney (Partner and Of Counsel Level) – San Francisco Bay Area, California

Solutus Legal has been exclusively retained to assist our client, a premier AmLaw 50 global law firm, in its effort to add a high quality technology transactions attorney with life sciences expertise to the firm’s thriving Life Sciences practice.

The ideal candidate will have: 1) 6-15+ years of technology transactions experience, 2) a credible deal sheet to assist with business development efforts, and 3) life sciences experience, but also the knowledge to work on tech related matters. Our client will consider both law firm and in-house lawyers for this role.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide guidance on intellectual property transactions for public and emerging growth clients in the life science, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries;
  • Collaborations, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and technology licensing for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device clients;
  • Formation of intellectual property joint ventures, collaborations, and strategic alliances in the life sciences industry;
  • Research, development, clinical trial, co-development, co-promotion, and supply and manufacturing agreements for pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients;
  • Conduct IP diligence.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a highly reputable law firm with top of the market law firm compensation, in a highly active practice area that provides an excellent platform to bring in and develop business.

Solutus has been selected as the exclusive representative for this search. Interested candidates please submit your resume to search@solutuslegal.com. All resumes sent to our client will be forwarded to Solutus for consideration.

Ref: # 391-SLS - Apply Now


Director, Commercial Transactions – Eastern/Central United States (remote working opportunity)

Our client, a successful publicly-traded technology company that is frequently named as one of the “Best Places to Work,” has exclusively retained Solutus Legal Search to assist the company in adding a senior commercial transactions attorney to their growing legal team. This person will report directly to the General Counsel, and will be responsible for leading the commercial legal function, managing commercial matters and partnering with the company’s sales, operations, business development, procurement and other teams to negotiate complex commercial transactions. This is a high visibility role with great opportunities to make a meaningful and immediate impact.

Responsibilities include:

  • Drafting and negotiating SaaS agreements, service agreements, sales contracts, strategic alliances, licenses, intellectual property agreements and other inbound and outbound commercial agreements;
  • Standardizing form agreements, driving processes and streamlining policies and procedures;
  • Supporting and advising internal stakeholders (including, sales, operations, business development, procurement, etc.) in all ranges of commercial transactions;
  • Managing, mentoring and supporting the career development of the best commercial legal team in the business.

Requirements:

  • 9 to 12 years of relevant experience (including at least 4 years in house);
  • JD from an accredited law school and admission to practice law in California (Registered In House Counsel is acceptable). Local (San Francisco Bay Area) candidates only;
  • Extensive experience structuring, drafting and negotiating a wide range of complex commercial agreements, comfortable and adept at partnering with members of the sales organization in fast-paced outbound commercial transactions;
  • Experience at a SaaS, cloud computing or enterprise software company and deep understanding of SaaS contracting models;
  • Management experience in a high growth environment and strong deal-making skills;
  • Experience advising on a variety of other legal matters including privacy, federal and state regulations, intellectual property rights, product counseling, and training internal clients;
  • Willingness to roll up sleeves, dig into details and contribute where needed;
  • Ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple projects across different jurisdictions globally and drive projects to conclusion in a timely manner.

Our client’s culture is high-energy, imaginative, dynamic and collaborative. The ideal candidate will thrive in such an environment. S/he will be passionate, authentic, proactive and have excellent judgment. S/he will be a business-minded attorney that has the ability to quickly earn the trust and respect of and sustain lasting relationships with internal and external clients.

This is a perfect opportunity for a high quality candidate to join a small, dynamic and collegial legal team at a thriving and growing company, in a role with the ability to make an immediate impact and have a great deal of opportunity, visibility, and responsibility.

Solutus Legal Search has been exclusively engaged on this search. Interested candidates should submit resumes to search@solutuslegal.com. Resumes submitted directly to our client will be forwarded to Solutus for consideration.

Ref: # 373-SLS - Apply Now


Head of Patent Valuation, San Francisco Bay Area

Our client, a world leader in IP asset-backed financing and IP asset acquisition, is seeking to hire an experienced intellectual property leader to manage the firm’s critical patent valuation unit.  When one thinks of a cutting-edge intellectual property position, this is it. This role has worldwide focus, high visibility, and manages a staff of IP professionals.

The successful candidate will be a member of the company’s leadership team based at the company’s San Francisco office. This position will be responsible for: (a) the valuation of patent assets of potential borrowers, acquisition targets, and joint ventures, (b) establishing a corporate structure and process for IP asset evaluation and managing the company’s team of intellectual property professionals (c) ensuring maximum protection of the company’s intellectual property rights and interests, and (d) coordinating on IP litigation strategy and execution. This individual will function at a senior level and will enjoy a high level of visibility among the most senior ranks of executive management. Compensation and title are competitive and commensurate with directly relevant experience.

Required Skills/Experience

  • The successful candidate will have at least 15 years of intellectual property experience including intellectual property portfolio management, patent prosecution, IP litigation management, licensing and expertise in other areas of intellectual property specifically including patent valuation experience, and standards, pools and risk management
  • Deep knowledge of technologies (particularly wireless/semiconductor/networking/infrastructure and others)
  • Admission to a state bar (California preferred), a J.D. from a leading law school, and meaningful in-house experience in an IP leadership and management role are required.
  • A technical degree (Electrical and Computer Engineering preferred) and admission to USPTO

Desired Skills/Experience

  • A history of successfully working with complex structures, constant change and ambiguity, including the ability to manage large volumes of transactions and deal flow and triage accordingly
  • Strong people management experience, including managing a team of employees, employee development and mentoring and accountability
  • Budgeting and P&L experience related to specific business lines concerning IP assets (licensing, litigation, etc.)
  • An ability to quickly prioritize as well as execute while exhibiting a sense of urgency, superb judgment and professional wisdom
  • Adept at discussing technical concepts in detail with technologists and in plain English to executives
  • Excellent oral and verbal communication skills, including diplomacy and flexibility
  • Acute attention to detail; must “roll up one’s sleeves”
  • Appropriately adapts communication and management style to achieve results and promote positive relationships
  • Ability to collaborate cross functionally, and with all levels in the organization
  • Highly motivated, results driven and accountable; ability to manage responsibilities with a sense of urgency, while remaining focused on quality
  • Ability to function effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Ability to influence and motivate others to achieve peak performance
  • A consummate team player

Solutus legal Search has been exclusively retained to assist our prestigious client for this engagement.  Interested candidates please forward your resume to search@solutuslegal.com.    All resumes or overtures sent directly to our client will be forwarded to Solutus for evaluation.

For a list of our current in house and law firm opportunities, please visit our website at www.solutuslegal.com.

Ref: # 387-SLS - Apply Now


Legal Counsel, Commercial Transactions (4 Positions) – Sunnyvale, CA

Our client, an industry leading public technology company, has retained Solutus Legal Search to assist the company in adding a commercial transactions attorney to their established, yet growing, legal team. This person will report directly to the Director and Associate General Counsel for the group, and will be responsible for supporting the direct and indirect commercial go to market functions, including negotiation and drafting of master agreements and transaction documents for acquisition of the full breadth of software products and services, driving integration and operational infrastructure initiatives and other go to market functions, and providing support and strategic guidance to the software business on topics of e-commerce and web-based contracting.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide negotiation and drafting support of outbound contracts and license, SaaS and professional services transactions to the software business as required
  • Provide legal support for various go to market endeavors, such as web selling and SaaS within the software business
  • Provide specialized legal expertise in the area of e-commerce and web-based contracting and act as a subject matter expert for other business unit attorneys on the software legal team
  • Identify and assess legal and business risks of current commercial operations and processes
  • Collaborate with business owners and legal colleagues to develop process improvements, templates and operational policies
  • Provide legal advice and support on customer license compliance issues and disputes
  • Lead complex, multidimensional projects

Requirements:

  • 4 to 10 years of commercial legal experience (including at least 2 years in house)
  • JD from an accredited law school and admission to practice law in California (Registered In House Counsel is acceptable). Local (San Francisco Bay Area) candidates only
  • Substantial experience working with and supporting a sales team
  • High intelligence and integrity
  • Advanced knowledge of contract law; some understanding of antitrust law; some understanding of international IP laws and treaties
  • Leadership skills
  • Knowledge of software licensing, SaaS and e-commerce is a strong plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, assertively and persuasively, including the ability to deliver executive-level presentations and advise senior representative of external and internal organizations on complex and high value/risk matters
  • Ability to successfully interact with a wide variety of clients, business partners, and competitors, and to document transactions in clear, well-organized and effective agreements
  • Sense of humor, self-knowledge, and the ability to develop friendly and collaborative relationships quickly in order to hit the ground running

Our client’s culture is fast-paced and energetic. The ideal candidate will thrive in such an environment. S/he will have the ability to take on increased responsibility, yet know when to ask for assistance. S/he will be a business-minded attorney that understands how to support a sales organization.

This is a perfect opportunity for a high quality attorney to join a well-regarded company with exciting changes on the horizon and opportunities for advancement. This is also a great opportunity for someone not currently practicing within the technology space to be able to dive into the most cutting-edge SaaS, software and cloud offerings in the industry.

Solutus Legal Search has been exclusively engaged on this search. Interested candidates should submit resumes to search@solutuslegal.com. Resumes submitted directly to our client will be forwarded to Solutus for consideration.

Ref: # 382-SLS - Apply Now


Senior Attorney (Corporate) – Boutique Law Firm – U.S. & U.K. Focused Practice

A high-level corporate boutique law firm is searching for a Senior Attorney to join the group’s corporate transactions practice.  Top law firm experience and California or New York Bar admission are required.  In-house experience and international experience are also highly valued but not necessary.
 
Six+ years of experience in the following key practice areas are required:

  • Financing Transactions
  • Seed Rounds
  • Venture Rounds
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • Start-up Work, Entity Formations and Corporate Law
  • Licensing and Commercial Contracts (optional but helpful)

 
This is a great opportunity to work with a dynamic, client-focused law firm that provides excellent service with high quality advice to clients in a commercially practical, timely and efficient manner. This position requires a dedicated home office and the ability to effectively and efficiently work and communicate across U.S. and European time zones.  Professional liability insurance, IT and document processing support and access to PLC and PLI for use in the position are also provided. 
  
This is an amazing opportunity for the lawyer who wants to work with a great team and do world-class work for both U.S. and international clients. (Over 50% of the work is international.) The position offers attractive compensation and flexibility to work in any location.  All of the team work from home but stay in close touch and collaborate on a daily basis.  The firm was founded in 2000, and has a successful and consistently busy practice, and a long-standing and very cohesive team.  The position offers continued growth and the opportunity for ongoing advancement in pay.
 
Interested candidates who meet the specifications above, please submit your resume and indication of interest to search@solutuslegal.com.

Ref: # 375-SLS - Apply Now


Senior IP Counsel—Silicon Valley, CA

Our client, a world leader in the development of digital display technology, has exclusively engaged Solutus to assist in hiring a Senior IP Counsel to support the expansion and maintenance of the company’s patent/IP portfolio. Our client has developed and continues to develop a robust patent portfolio related to its unique digital printing and display technologies. It is building a talented and top-notch team that is developing, optimizing, and commercializing these technologies and processes.  Our client is looking for a talented IP professional with strong patent prosecution and patent strategy experience interested in working in a fast-paced environment alongside a great team recruited from among Silicon Valley’s top companies.

The successful candidate will

  • Manage and implement the company’s invention capture and other patent-related processes and policies;
  • Draft and prosecute the company’s patent applications (US and foreign patent offices, especially Asia Pacific region);
  • Manage outside counsel in the drafting and prosecution of the company’s patent applications (US and foreign patent offices);
  • Participate in the management and mining of the company’s patent portfolio;
  • Counsel colleagues on patent portfolio and strategy; and conduct patentability and freedom-to-operate reviews as needed.
  • The successful candidate, depending on seniority level and experience, may manage a small team of other patent professionals. In addition, the successful candidate may review and assist in the drafting and negotiation of nondisclosure and other agreements involving the licensing of intellectual property and assist on other legal matter as necessary.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A bachelor’s or higher degree in physics, chemistry, material sciences or an engineering field;
  • A license to practice before the USPTO;
  • 7-10 years of industry or law firm experience in a patent prosecution and patent portfolio management role;
  • Strong verbal and written skills;
  • The ability to collaborate with internal clients and counterparties;
  • The ability to convey complex information to internal clients and external parties; and
  • experience in developing and implementing policies and procedures.

Our client’s culture is informal, fast-paced, friendly, collaborative and inspired by the company mission. The successful professional will be a team player who has the ability to independently identify legal and other issues potentially impacting the business. This is a phenomenal opportunity to join a company that offers interesting and meaningful work in a rapidly growing environment. Compensation is attractive with excellent benefits and working environment.

Solutus has been selected as the exclusive representative on this desirable search. Interested candidates, please submit resumes to search@solutuslegal.com for consideration. Resumes submitted directly to our client will be forwarded to Solutus for review and evaluation.


Ref: # 374-SLS - Apply Now


Associate – Technology Transactions, San Francisco, CA

Solutus Legal has been exclusively retained by our client, Smithline PC, to conduct a search for an excellent junior to mid-level attorney to join their unique technology transactions practice.

Thirteen years ago the Smithline team set out to create a law firm that operates differently: support a wide range of technology companies with a single, integrated team in downtown San Francisco; be outside counsel, but know their clients’ businesses well enough to operate just like a lawyer down the hall; charge for the value of the service they provide, not the time they spend providing it; and be on the leading edge of Internet, SaaS, software, mobile, device and video game deals. Today, they have just that firm and are looking to add another associate to their team.
Smithline seeks to hire an attorney with 1-4 years of law firm or in-house experience. Our client is willing to consider a stand-out corporate, real estate or other transactional attorney who is seeking to retool their practice and is dedicated to learning technology transactions and intellectual property law. The successful candidate will have top academic credentials, exceptional written and oral communication skills, and a love for their mobile phone, tablet or gaming device.

What makes our client unique?

  • Amazing clients. Amazing work.
  • Team-based representations.
  • Top notch training and practice resources (both internally and for clients).
  • Subscription based fee structure.
  • No tracking time. Efficiency is the mark of excellence.
  • Reasonable hours with no weekends.
  • Three weeks vacation – mandatory and unplugged.
  • Friendly and happy culture, great founder.
  • Competitive compensation.

While not your traditional “in house” position, this is an amazing opportunity for the lawyer who wants to work on the most cutting edge technology deals for great clients and with bright colleagues. In addition, the firm truly enables a balanced life. Compensation is competitive.

Solutus has been retained as the exclusive representative for this search. Interested candidates please submit your resume and indication of interest to search@solutuslegal.com. All resumes sent to our client will be forwarded to Solutus for consideration. Local candidates only.

Ref: # 371-SLS - Apply Now


Director of Compliance – VC Firm, San Francisco Bay Area

Solutus Legal has been exclusively retained by our client, an emerging and thriving VC Firm, to assist the company in its search for a lead compliance attorney.

The successful candidate will support the compliance and operations functions and other areas of the firm as needed. Responsibilities include:

  • Manage the administration of the firm’s compliance program, including reporting requirements, training, annual reviews, and testing.
  • Review investor subscription, redemption, and transfer documents for AML/KYC, new issues eligibility, ERISA, and FATCA compliance. Direct the fund administrator’s related correspondence to investors.
  • Review and update the fund constituent documents, service provider contracts, employment, and other legal agreements.
  • Support some general corporate activities as needed.

This attorney will possess at least four years of legal experience and knowledge of the Investment Company Act, the Investment Advisers Act, and related federal and state securities laws. In addition, s/he will have experience and familiarity handling special compliance and regulatory matters in the investment management industry. Prior experience with an SEC-Registered investment adviser and strong understanding of the operations of a long/short equity strategy is a plus.

Culture fit with our client is essential. This lawyer must have the proven ability to develop collaborative working relationships with internal partners and external customers. The successful candidate will also work efficiently with a strong attention to detail and effectively manage his/her own workload. In addition s/he must possess excellent analytical abilities, business acumen and enthusiasm to work in a small team environment.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an attorney to transition into the in-house investment world with a growing and exciting firm.

Ref: # 324-SLS - Apply Now


Director of Legal Recruiting – Silicon Valley and San Francisco (2 positions)

Solutus Legal Search is the premier legal search boutique firm dedicated exclusively to the placement of attorneys in law firms and corporations globally.  Our reputation for quality and superior service is unparalleled and our team of attorney professionals is the very best.

We are busy - and seeking to add two professionals to add to our growing team.  The ideal candidate will possess experience in the legal profession either as an attorney or in an HR, marketing or business development function.  S/he will be outgoing, have a can-do attitude and proactive personality, great sense of humor and will be a team player.  Dedication to the highest quality service to our clients is an absolute must.  In addition, the successful candidate will possess excellent judgment, an entrepreneurial spirit, a strategic mind and will be a true “connector”.  In our industry, having thick skin is also imperative for success and happiness in the profession.

This position provides the ultimate control over your own destiny:  Flexible hours; and the freedom to choose which assignments to which to dedicate your time.  We provide training and support on an ongoing basis so you always feel like you are learning.  In addition, the Solutus platform will provide you with exposure and access to the finest clients and the most highly coveted searches.

Our firm is unique in that our recruiters have the opportunity to play a meaningful role in all of our searches: law firm associate, law firm partner, General Counsel and all other levels and substantive areas for our in house clients.  Consequently, each of our consultants develops a wide and deep range of knowledge within the corporate and legal world.

We love what we do and look forward to meeting exceptional people who want to learn more about this special opportunity. 

Interested candidates please email your resume and inquiry to search@solutuslegal.com .  We look forward to hearing from you!


Ref: # 100-SLS - Apply Now