Associate or Senior Associate General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is seeking a skilled, client-focused and experienced lawyer with excellent academic credentials to advise and represent academic departments and business units in complex business transactions.  The successful candidate must be able to prioritize multiple competing priorities and communicate effectively with colleagues and clients. Significant drafting and negotiation experience is a requirement, and experience working in an in-house environment will be strongly considered.  The candidate will be expected to handle contracting matters and transactions from beginning to end with minimal supervision, participate in team-wide process improvement initiatives, and provide advice and guidance on complex legal matters to University leadership and departments.

The following are examples of the types of matters on which the lawyer holding this position may be asked to provide advice:

  • Software and technology agreements (e.g. commercial software licensing and SaaS)
  • Complex commercial contracts and business transactions (e.g., business agreements, agreements related to public private partnerships, joint ventures, and agreements to purchase or sell goods or services)
  • Data privacy including domestic and international privacy laws (e.g. GDPR, PIPL, CCPA)
  • Asserting, responding to and resolving commercial disputes (but not including representing the University in litigation or arbitration of such disputes); and
  • Development of internal University policies and practices

Qualifications 

Required:

  • A Juris Doctorate granted by an ABA accredited law school
  • Admission to and good standing in the State Bar of Minnesota or eligibility for prompt admission
  • A minimum of four years’ experience as a transactional attorney (Associate General Counsel) or eight years’ experience as a transactional attorney (Senior Associate General Counsel).
  • Highest level of integrity and professionalism
  • An ability to independently manage and prioritize work
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred:  

  • Six or more years as a transactional lawyer that includes time in-house
  • Knowledge and expertise in a broad array of practice areas including significant experience drafting and negotiating software and technology agreements
  • Experience in higher education, or advising institutions of higher education
  • Experience in a law firm as well as in-house
  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills and cross-cultural competencies
  • Having worked collegially and professionally in a diverse environment with peers, subordinates, and clients

Please see the University of Minnesota Employment website at https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs and search for job ID 351835.