Corporate CounselJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Attorneys who serve as corporate counsel work for a single business or corporation, advising the company on legal matters and providing legal protection. A corporate counsel works in and out of the courtroom on a wide range of legal matters. This includes drafting and negotiating employee contracts, filing government reports, drafting and reviewing legal documents, and reviewing and creating employee handbooks. Corporate attorneys also review partnerships between their company and vendors, subcontractors, and partners.

It’s important for a corporate counsel to not only have an in-depth knowledge of business law, but also a background in the industry in which their company operates.

Sample job description #1

ABC Company has an Associate Corporate Counsel position available in the Charlotte, NC office. This position has visibility and interaction with senior management and offers career advancement.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with business leaders and corporate staff to articulate risks and benefits of legal strategy
  • Developing strategies for, managing, and resolving a wide variety of investigations, litigation and pre-litigation disputes
  • Providing strategic litigation advice to the business
  • Helping lines of business develop and implement processes, procedures, and systems to promote risk avoidance and prevent litigation
  • Coordinating with outside counsel to assure they represent the company’s best interest
  • Work closely with other departments within the company on various issues.

Qualifications:

  • Must be licensed in North Carolina
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • 3+ years of litigation experience.
  • Experience in Bankruptcy and Replevins a plus.

Sample job description #2

Job summary

Provide legal support on a wide range of corporate matters, reporting to the Company’s Associate General Counsel – Corporate. Responsibilities include supporting the company’s corporate governance function and public company securities law requirements, providing assistance for M&A and financing transactions, reviewing, and negotiating various transactional documents and providing thoughtful legal counsel on a multitude of Company-related business issues.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Assist with corporate governance and the corporate secretary function
  • Draft board and committee materials
  • Draft resolutions, consents, governing documents, certificates, and minutes
  • Draft portions of and assist with SEC filings, including proxy, registration statements and Section 16 filings
  • Draft and maintain governance-related policies and procedures
  • Maintain corporate calendar
  • Assist with insider trading compliance program oversight
  • Assist with M&A and securities offerings
  • Provide legal counsel and guidance to managers, business leaders and sales professionals relating to the Company’s business activities
  • Appropriately identify and analyze legal issues with an understanding of how to appropriately balance risk and the Company’s ability to pursue its business interests
  • Develop and conduct legal trainings on various legal topics relevant to risk management
  • Respond promptly to the business while delivering efficient and high-quality legal service
  • Flexibility to work on a wide range of projects and with those at various levels within the organization

Minimum requirements

  • Juris Doctorate (JD) from ABA accredited university, membership in good standing of State Bar
  • 4+ years legal experience with an emphasis in securities, M&A and corporate law
  • The position requires excellent organization, prioritization and multitasking skills, practical and effective problem-solving skills, strong analytical, negotiation, and communication skills, and the ability to exercise sound judgment, commercially focused legal advice and appropriately consider risks to the Company. Exceptional attention to detail is also critical for this role. Candidate must be able to interact effectively and collaboratively with the Company’s executives, professionals, staff and other employees, as well as with legal colleagues within the same department and globally, and outside counsel
  • It is also very important that the candidate works well independently and within a team environment, both in person and virtually

Sample job description #3

Acts as a legal advisor to assigned internal clients (including the range of company businesses and functions) Identifies legal risk and recommends solutions that help address the client’s objectives. Represents company in transactions, interactions or disputes with customers, suppliers, partners, and competitors. Balances the business interests of client groups with ultimate fiduciary responsibility to company. Represents the company before industry policy setting organizations, government agencies and other regulatory bodies.

Responsibilities

  • Provides legal expertise to support client decisions in a sub-region and/or business unit or function
  • Develops risk profiles addressing complex commercial or specialty law
  • Promotes legal awareness and leads legal training activities for clients
  • Identifies, analyzes and resolves complex legal issues
  • Concurrently works on multiple legal issues and projects for various client organizations

Education and experience required

  • Advanced university degree in law (e.g. JD or LLB)
  • Meets local legal license requirements
  • Typically 4-6 years commercial legal experience at a law firm or in-house
  • Well developed level of business experience supporting clients or advising on specialty law matters

Knowledge and skills

  • Well developed breadth of practical legal and business knowledge, as well as in-depth knowledge in one or more practice areas
  • Good knowledge of company policies and procedures
  • Well-developed competence and experience in negotiating or advising on legal and business matters, or focused competency in particular practice areas
  • Able to translate complex legal or factual issues into plain language communications
  • English language skills to business standard preferred

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a corporate counsel is $160,000 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$159,100$215,300
Los Angeles, California$179,500$242,900
Denver, Colorado$149,600$202,400
Washington, DC$182,250$246,550
Miami, Florida$148,900$201,500
Orlando, Florida$137,350$185,850
Tampa, Florida$138,700$187,700
Atlanta, Georgia$145,500$196,900
Chicago, Illinois$167,300$226,300
Boston, Massachusetts$180,900$244,700
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$144,150$195,050
New York City, New York$190,400$257,600
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$155,050$209,750
Dallas, Texas$150,950$204,250
Houston, Texas$149,600$202,400
Seattle, Washington$174,100$235,500
National Average$136,000$184,000

Sample interview questions

  • Describe your current position.
  • What motivates you?
  • What is a specific professional achievement of yours?
  • How would you describe your ideal work environment?
  • What is a specific goal you’re currently working towards?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • What are your favorite aspects of the legal profession?
  • How would you describe your leadership skills?
  • How do you keep up with current events?
  • Why do you want to move in-house?
  • What did you like least about your last position?
  • What are your greatest strengths as a lawyer?
  • Can you tell me about a difficult situation you faced professionally and how you approached it?
  • What appeals to you about being a legal counsel for us?
  • Can you share a time when you guided or mentored a colleague?

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