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General Counsel

Company name

Rocket Lab USA

Organization Type


Job Type


Date Last Verified

Jan 07, 2021

Valid Through

Apr 22, 2021

Posted on

Nov 24, 2020

Years of Experience

Min 15 yrs required


Long Beach, CA, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Corporate >> Corporate - General
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General Counsel
The candidate will provide direct legal counsel, corporate development, and support to the CEO, CFO, the board of directors and senior leaders across Rocket Lab. This position leads the corporate legal strategy, regulatory and risk compliance programs, and has oversight of all legal and regulatory affairs for the organization. Provides direct legal guidance to the senior leadership team and Board of Directors on all matters that affect the company. Ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements, including but not limited to SEC reporting, export controls, government contracting, FCPA, and FAA, FCC and NOAA licensing. Serves as the subject matter expert and resource across the company on corporate governance policies and procedures and related priorities. Develops and implements strategic and operational risk management policies and procedures. Creates, negotiates, reviews and executes agreements. Manages material litigation and other disputes. Supports strategic partnerships and mergers and acquisition activities. Develops and implements intellectual property protection strategies. Provides executive leadership, mentoring, and guidance to broader corporate legal team. Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have a Degree from an ABA-approved law school, and an active member in good standing of the state bar of California. Minimum fifteen (15) years securities/corporate law experience at a major law firm and/or as an in-house Legal Counsel. Successful track record managing attorneys and outside counsel. A minimum of 5 years of experience in the aerospace or other equally technical and manufacturing intensive industry. Experience drafting Securities Act and Securities Exchange Act filings. A minimum of 5 years managing all aspects of US public company governance and regulatory activities. Broad legal knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, government contracts, regulatory compliance, litigation, and intellectual property. Appreciation of how legal issues affect organizations. Ability to develop legal strategy and objectives and negotiate effectively. Strong leadership, communication and client management skills. Excellent judgement and analytical skills. High degree of professional ethics and integrity. Security clearance or ability to obtain one. Must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Rocket Lab USA
14520 Delta Lane
Suite 101
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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