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Position Description: Microsoft has an immediate opportunity for an attorney to join the North America Corporate External and Legal Affairs (CELA) team to provide legal support for Microsoft's industry-leading ecosystem of partners supporting commercial customers. The role will entail working closely with lawyers and business clients to support a variety of commercial transactions, strategies, business development opportunities as well as legal compliance initiatives.

The position may be based in Washington, DC; Chicago, Illinois; or Redmond, Washington. Other locations may also be considered.



Legal Advice and Counsel

·        Act as the primary legal contact for assigned clients on a variety of legal, business and compliance initiatives intended to support the digital transformation of Microsoft's customers with and through partners;

·        Work closely with members of Microsoft's commercial legal team based in our corporate headquarters and other subsidiary-based colleagues on partner-related efforts;

·        Serve as an important contributor to clients and colleagues by providing actionable legal counsel on major partner transactions and negotiations grounded with in-depth understanding of the issues;

·        Identifies and anticipates legal risks in the client’s business and develops practical solutions to mitigate future risk along with scaled guidance that captures repeatable issues;

·        Manages day to day interactions with outside counsel or other service providers to address and resolve issues;

·        Resolve project-specific issues by interacting with business clients, colleagues and outside counsel;

·        Structures, drafts, and negotiates transactional documents, program launches and campaigns (e.g., standard agreements );

·        Conducts, reviews, interprets and analyzes legal information; cultivates an understanding of legal principles within primary legal practice and a basic understanding of legal principles outside primary area;

·        Identifies and engages appropriate stakeholders in CELA and business to escalate issues;

·        Train internal business clients on legal, privacy, competition and other compliance issues that may arise in the provision of servicing our partner ecosystem.



Representing Microsoft

·        Actively participates in legal, work, or industry associations (e.g., presenting at meetings, conferences, hearings, consultations, assisting in planning or preparing presentations); contributes to external outreach initiatives and recruiting.

·        Develops positive relationships with external legal professionals, customers, or partners in an effort to protect and advocate Microsoft's interests.


Operational Excellence

·        Engages with legal and other business colleagues (e.g. business desk, finance, tax and trade, compliance) to identify and share best practices.

·        Provides continuous feedback and contributes to the improvement of project operational efficiencies; provides recommendations to improve efficiencies within work groups and for the delivery of legal services to clients.

·        Manages project work expenses according to budget and proposes efficiencies.



·        Collaborates effectively within work group and across CELA functions on client issues.

·        Organizes and simplifies issues and ideas in written and verbal communication.



Minimum qualifications

·        Juris Doctorate or equivalent higher degree in law with excellent academic credentials

·        Active license to practice law in a jurisdiction and capable of meeting admission requirements in relevant jurisdiction

·        5+ years of experience as a practicing attorney

·        Well-versed in offering general legal, commercial and strategic advice with particular familiarity with cloud, software licensing and/or services contracts

·        Outstanding analytical ability, business acumen, legal drafting and negotiation skills regarding a broad variety of agreements

·        Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

·        Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and PowerPoint


Additional or preferred qualifications

·        3+ years experience as a transactional attorney in-house and/or at a law firm dealing with sophisticated technology agreements

·        In-house counsel experience


Ideal experience

·        Experience in negotiating information technology agreements is highly desirable

·        An awareness of and ability to apply principles of plain language and contract simplification

·        Familiarity with relevant legal issues such as intellectual property, data protection privacy law, competition law and imminent legislation is highly desirable

·        Experience in dealing with regulatory issues pertaining to software and cloud services in industries such as banking & financial services, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, etc.


Desired personal attributes

·        Microsoft is a fast-paced business and is constantly evolving.  This person will be adaptable and able to provide strong leadership, strategic vision, effective relationship building and thrive in a pressured environment.

·        Possess a keen priority-based problem-solving approach focused on achieving results that benefits Microsoft's business as well as the business of Microsoft's customers and partners

·        Ability to interpret, analyze and advise on the company’s legal position.  This includes the ability to apply knowledge of the legal framework, diagnose key issues and develop strategies and plans.

·        Ability to work efficiently, meet demanding deadlines, and manage multi-dimensional projects in a fast-paced environment and across inter-departmental teams

·        Ability to work well autonomously, balanced with willingness to contribute effectively in a team environment

·        Sound and practical business judgment to balance risk with potential business impact

·        Willingness to travel up to 25% of time.




About Microsoft:

Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. We're motivated and inspired by how our customers and partners use our software to find creative solutions to business problems, develop breakthrough ideas and stay connected to what's important to them. We run our company in much the same way. We’re a global company, located in over 100 countries, but we often act like a startup. We do software — but we also do hardware, services, research, and community outreach. Our employees come as they are and do what they love.

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