Job Details

Chief Legal Officer

Company name

Environmental Defense Fund.

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Feb 10, 2021

Valid Through

May 26, 2021

Posted on

Nov 17, 2020

Years of Experience

Min 20 yrs required


Washington, DC, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Corporate >> Corporate - General
Labor & Employment >> Labor & Employment
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Chief Legal Officer
Responsibilities: Set overall strategy and direction for EDF's legal department. Advise the Executive Team, Board of Trustees and other senior business management on myriad corporate and commercial legal areas such as: commercial contracts, strategic corporate transactions, licensing, compliance, internal controls, organizational governance, privacy and data privacy, risk management, international business, intellectual property, and employment law. Select and retain outside counsel, as required, to obtain legal opinions or to handle claims and litigation. Provide oversight and legal advice on ethics and governance issues among the business segments and other functional areas. Provide actionable, timely and strategic legal advice on organizational compliance with local, state, federal and international laws and regulations. Provide legal and strategic guidance to facilitate EDF's global enterprise expansion. Provide legal expertise on risk exposure, liability, compliance, and governance. Manage defensive litigation strategy in collaboration with external counsel. Develop and manage the legal resources, budget, and outside counsel. Train and mentor a small legal staff.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Juris Doctorate required and license to practice law in at least one U.S. state. Proven general counseling experience, at a senior level, in business and/or not-for-profit enterprises. A minimum of twenty years of broad legal experience, including corporate law, not-for-profit law, employment law, litigation, etc. Proven experience advising enterprises or organizations with multifold, geographically dispersed, international presence and operations. Personal presence and gravitas to present to executive leadership as well as Board of Trustees. Demonstrated team management experience. Results-oriented, self-starter with the ability to think strategically and work on fast-paced, dynamic issues. Ability to work both independently and as a leader or member of teams in a dynamic and creative environment with colleagues and partners of varied background and experience. Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally and in a collaborative manner up and down the organization. Able to prioritize and be flexible. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Additional info

Job ID: 2951

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Environmental Defense Fund.
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20009

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