General Counsel Job Description

The General Counsel of a company is the head of that company’s in-house legal department and the most important lawyer on the staff. The General Counsel of a company is often considered an executive position within the company, similar to a senior vice president. The term General Counsel does not refer to a legal position within a law firm, but rather describes the most important lawyer within the legal department of a company or nonprofit organization.



Here are a few sample general counsel job descriptions:

General Counsel


The candidate must have 10+ years of corporate and IP law experience, including litigation and licensing experience. Should have an Electrical Engineering, Physics or Computer Science background.
General Counsel

The candidate role supports various internal business units and manages other attorneys. It requires substantial commercial contracting experience, including reviewing, drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements. In addition, this attorney in this role will need to stay abreast of relevant laws and regulations impacting the aviation industry, including export control regulations such as International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Should have 10 years of experience as an attorney, ideally with both in house and large law firm experience. Management experience must include managing and overseeing the work of other attorneys. Experience in the aviation industry is also required for this position.

Assistant General Counsel

The candidate will draft and negotiate customer contracts and advise on all types of substantive commercial matters, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory compliance. Should have Master's degree (JD degree from an accredited top-tier law school). Must be a member in good standing of a State Bar. Must have 7+ years or more legal experience with 4+ years of law firm experience. Knowledge of: Corporate and commercial law (advanced level); Understanding legal issues and assessing and managing business and legal risks (advanced level); Counseling senior management and a track record of providing value added business advice in additional to legal advice (advanced level); Commercial litigation and other dispute resolution matters (advanced level); All aspects of merger and acquisition transactions including due diligence, contract drafting and negotiation and integration issues (advanced level) and regulatory and compliance issues (advanced level) is required.

Assistant General Counsel

The candidate will be responsible for providing advice on regulatory and compliance issues, including Medicare and Medicaid requirements and reimbursement, anti-kickback issues, Stark law, and various other healthcare regulations. Must have 5+ years of regulatory and healthcare reimbursement issue experience. Experience with pharmacy laws is a plus. Experience with healthcare fraud and abuse laws is also preferred. 

Associate General Counsel

The candidate must have 8+ years of experience , including experience with conflicts of interest, client intake, attorney-client relationships and claims. Will handle a variety of legal matters for the firm. The ideal candidate will have some knowledge of patent and trademark law.
Associate General Counsel - Litigation

The candidate will be responsible for overseeing all of the corporation's patent litigation and civil litigation across the globe. Should have a technical degree and experience managing other attorneys.

Assistant General Counsel - Healthcare

The candidate should have clinical trials or marketing experience.

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