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Commercial Legal Counsel, Reuters

Thomson Reuters is hiring a commercial counsel to support Reuters’ global news business.  Reuters is the world’s leading international news agency, reaching more than one billion people every day. We deliver real-time, award-winning news coverage to the financial community, news and media publishers, brands, and consumers.  Reuters covers a broad range of topics, including business, finance, politics, sports and technology.  As one of the most trusted news organizations in the world, the hallmarks of Reuters journalism are speed, impartiality and insight.

Primary responsibilities are to negotiate and draft a wide range of transactional agreements and inform commercial policy.

The role is based in New York and reports to the Associate General Counsel, Reuters, who is also based in New York.

Major Responsibilities/Accountabilities

  • Provide timely, practical and business-minded commercial legal support to Reuters on a global scale.
  • Draft commercial agreements, which include: contracts to license news and editorial content; custom content agreements; advertising and other deals for Reuters’ consumer properties; and marketing, partnership and distribution agreements.
  • Collaborate with commercial policy.
  • Advise on contractual rights and obligations and identify and mitigate legal and commercial risks.
  • Partner with Reuters and Thomson Reuters lawyers around the world.
  • Direct and manage external counsel.
  • Safeguard the Trust Principles, which uphold Reuters’ integrity, independence and freedom from bias.

Mandatory Skills & Experience

Commitment to Reuters’ core values of independence, integrity and freedom from bias, and the publication of global news in the public interest.

Bright and enthusiastic individual with a passion for news and strong commercial acumen.

Minimum of 3 years’ post-qualification experience negotiating and drafting licensing and other commercial agreements, with experience counseling on media and cross-border deals preferred.

Ability to counsel clients across diverse geographies and cultures and to work collaboratively as part of a global team.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

High level of integrity and professionalism.

Strong work ethic with ability to take initiative and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Member in good standing of the New York Bar, stellar academic credentials and experience working in a top-tier law firm.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted January 17, 2020

Attorney, Microsoft

The Open Innovation team in the Intellectual Property Group in Microsoft’s Corporate, External & Legal Affairs (CELA) division has a rare and immediate opening for an experienced technology attorney to help counsel and shape Microsoft’s products and services, as well as its strategy and engagement on a wide variety of cutting-edge IP policy issues, with a focus on IP-related issues related to data and artificial intelligence both in the United States and throughout the world.


  • Counseling Microsoft’s diverse business groups on IP issues related to data and artificial intelligence such as copyright, trade secret, CFAA and others that impact its products and services, and creating scalable and practical solutions to help Microsoft achieve its business and legal objectives
  • Leveraging expertise and knowledge on data-related IP issues to provide internal and external thought leadership on issues of strategic importance to Microsoft, based on a thorough understanding on the competitive, policy and legal landscape in the software, Internet and technology industries
  • Engaging with policymakers, academics, commentators, and other influential voices on data-related intellectual property issues in a productive manner that improves the IP systems to the benefit of Microsoft and its customers, the technology industry, and the public
  • Working closely with CELA colleagues in government affairs, litigation, business counseling, worldwide sales and other groups to develop effective engagement on IP Policy issues of strategic importance to the company, including amicus briefs in leading cases, pending legislation, regulatory proceedings, industry coalitions and special projects

The mix and balance among these responsibilities is anticipated to shift over time


  • A J.D. or equivalent international law degree and excellent academic credentials
  • An active license to practice law in a jurisdiction and capable of meeting admission requirements in Washington State
  • A minimum of 5 years as a practicing attorney, with experience in intellectual property law relevant to data and AI such as copyright, trade secret, intermediary liability, and CFAA issues impacting products and online services, developing IP policy and strategy, and reviewing legislation and strategic litigation
  • Significant in-house experience is a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including effective and pragmatic counseling techniques to provide actionable advice to clients
  • Experience appearing before external audiences in data, AI, copyright or intellectual property areas relevant to Microsoft and the technology industry
  • Ability to collaborate effectively across groups with a sense of urgency, including the ability to influence without formal authority
  • A keen business sense, the skills to find creative solutions to legal issues, and the ability to effectively balance legal risks against business interests
  • Outstanding organizational and analytical skills
  • Innate bias for action and driving client-focused results
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and prioritize key deliverables
  • Ability to work efficiently and balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team, and possessing the ability to lead, manage and motivate others
  • Desire and ability to interact effectively with a variety of personalities across diverse internal groups, teams, divisions, and cultures

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted January 17, 2020

Privacy & Digital Product Counsel, Atlantic Media

Atlantic Media is recruiting a business-minded Privacy & Digital Product Counsel to join our legal team. This attorney will collaborate closely with senior leaders of our product, data, engineering, growth, revenue, marketing, and technology teams to shape legal and business strategy for our media brands.

The core responsibility will be to lead our privacy compliance and vendor contracting practices:

  • Owning and refining our brands' CCPA and GDPR compliance policies and protocols, including coordinating business team responses to data subject requests;
  • Negotiating vendor contracts, including with both SAAS vendors and independent contractors;
  • Providing guidance to our consumer growth and marketing teams regarding domestic and international consumer protection regulations, including email marketing regulations;
  • Working with our business teams to identify and assess legal implications of our product strategies, including data security and PCI compliance obligations, to facilitate a privacy-by-design approach;
  • Identifying and assessing emerging domestic and international privacy regulations, and designing and implementing compliance strategies as appropriate; and
  • Developing and leading internal trainings and resources for our business teams.

This attorney will also occasionally pitch in on other issues that our small but nimble legal team may face, including intellectual property issues (copyright, trademark, and publicity rights), client contract negotiations (digital advertising, sponsored content, research, and consulting services), and assorted regulatory issues.

The recruitment standard is high: someone of exceptional talent as demonstrated in his or her educational and professional credentials. The ideal candidate will have in-house and/or firm experience with many of the core practice area responsibilities. Familiarity with relevant intellectual property issues and/or the digital advertising space is also beneficial. Other attributes that may make someone a fit for this role include:

  • A passion for media and curiosity about the changing digital media landscape
  • A strong interest in data privacy (and its effects in the digital media space);
  • A natural bent toward collaborative, solutions-oriented problem-solving.

Membership in the DC or NY Bar is required.

For more information or to apply, click here.

Posted January 8, 2020

Legal Fellow - Transparency in Government, NPR

NPR seeks an outstanding recent law school graduate with an interest in First Amendment and media law to serve as its first Transparency in Government Legal Fellow.  Under the guidance of NPR staff lawyers, the Transparency in Government Legal Fellow will work journalists at NPR to obtain access to public records that shed light on the operations of government.

The Legal Fellow will help reporters craft requests for records under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state public records laws, appeal inappropriate denials, request access to court records, and work with NPR staff lawyers and outside counsel in litigating FOIA, state public records act, and court-access cases.  Time permitting, the Legal Fellow may also assist NPR staff lawyers on other media law matters, such as pre-publication review, counseling reporters on newsgathering, copyright, and First Amendment issues, defending content-related suits, and negotiating content-related agreements.

This is a full-time, 2-year fellowship that will begin in August or early September of 2020. The Legal Fellow will be paid $75,000 per year, plus benefits, including paid vacation.

Essential Duties

  • Work with NPR journalists to request access to records under the federal Freedom of Information Act and state public records laws;
  • Work with NPR staff attorneys and outside counsel to prepare appeals from inappropriate denials of such requests;
  • Track federal FOIA and state public records requests and appeals across the NPR newsroom and the newsrooms of NPR Member stations engaged with NPR in collaborative reporting projects;
  • Work with NPR staff attorneys and outside counsel to pursue FOIA, state public records act, and court-access litigation, and, time permitting, to defend content-related lawsuits against NPR and NPR journalists;
  • Conduct legal research and advise NPR legal colleagues and reporters on FOIA, state public records act, court-access, and other media law issues;
  • Prepare memoranda, presentations, and other materials for internal and external audiences; and
  • Prepare training materials and work with staff lawyers and newsroom leaders to train journalists in effective use of FOIA and state public records laws.


  •  Outstanding academic credentials, including a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school earned by June 2020
  • Bar membership in good standing in the District of Columbia, or eligibility to waive into the DC bar, by January 2021

Required Skills

  • Demonstrated interest in, and knowledge of, the federal Freedom of Information Act, state public records laws, court-access law, and media law, generally;
  • Superb oral and written communications skills, high ethical and professional standards, a commitment to journalism, and good  judgment;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects, to set and adjust priorities, and to work under pressure.

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. To be considered, your application must include a resume and a cover letter. We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning on January 15th. The listing will remain active until the position has been filled.

For more information, click here.

Posted January 3, 2020

Director of Legal and Business Affairs, Benchmark Education

Benchmark Education is looking for an attorney with five to seven years' experience to lead in the management of our corporate contracts, intellectual property matters, and general business affairs. In this position, you will be the Company's sole in-house attorney and, along with your supporting staff, will provide oversight, direction and support in structuring, negotiating and advising on a wide variety of legal and business matters. You will be a trusted business partner within the Company, regularly working across internal corporate functions, Publication, Sales and Marketing, Technology, Distribution and Finance, to strengthen our commitment to collaborative and solution-oriented approaches. You will have potential to be on the highest level of the Company's management team.

Headquartered in New Rochelle, New York, Benchmark Education is a leading educational publishing company that produces award-winning core and supplemental texts and teaching materials -- print and technology-based -- to help children of all ages and abilities achieve literacy for life. Our Company is high-energy, fast-paced, productive, and team-oriented, with significant opportunity for learning and career growth.

Your work will cover an extensive range of matters, including, but not limited to:

  • Overseeing and managing a wide variety of complex commercial contracts with customers and vendors, including master services agreements, data privacy, professional services, technology, content licensing, production and distribution, employment/independent contractor and other traditional and new media agreements to support our domestic and international business operations.
  • Partnering with business owners and managers to identify and manage legal issues, assist in negotiation and resolution of business matters, and ensure compliance with contract terms and conditions.
  • Working as the principal point of contact with external counsel.
  • Developing and maintaining the Company's databases of contracts, third-party rights and permissions, and communicating contract alerts, operating practices and performance standards with appropriate stakeholders.
  • Providing early and ongoing review of requests for proposals and bids, specifically as it relates to contractual requirements, federal, state and local guidelines, and required compliance documentation.
  • Maintaining active trademarks and copyrights and serving as the primary contact in securing, registering and renewing trademarks and copyrights for the Company.
  • Maintaining and updating Company contract forms and templates, and developing and improving workflows that facilitate efficient contract submission, review and approval processes.

Job Requirements:

  • JD degree and member of at least one US State Bar, preferably New York.
  • 5+ years in the practice of law, including a broad range of experience in reviewing, drafting, negotiating and implementing commercial contracts.
  • Experience with media licensing and intellectual property matters.
  • Strong project management skills, and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Detail-oriented. Strong issue-spotting skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, and ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Must work from Company headquarters in New Rochelle, NY. Minimal travel required.

Benchmark Education offers competitive compensation; a collegial work environment; and comprehensive benefits for permanent full-time employees. We offer Medical, Dental and Vision benefit coverage as well as a 401K Plan.

Benchmark Education Company values diversity and the first amendment and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, submit resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Posted December 3, 2019

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The Litigation Group of the NBCUniversal Law Department seeks a recent law school graduate for a full-time one-year clerkship in New York beginning in August. The group represents and advises NBCUniversal’s broadcast, cable and digital businesses. We have a wide-ranging case load that includes First Amendment and other media issues, intellectual property, cybersecurity, employment and general commercial matters. We handle much of our litigation in-house and operate much like a small, busy law firm that happens to work on some of the most interesting legal issues in media. Our clerk can expect brief-writing, legal research, fact-gathering, and helping to prepare for court hearings, arbitrations and depositions. As the year goes on, our clerk may take broader responsibility in smaller matters, under the supervision of the experienced litigators in the group. We seek a candidate with strong writing skills, an excellent academic record, significant legal research experience, and demonstrated interest in litigation and the media industry. Journal or moot court experience is a plus. The position is located at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Compensation is $27/hour for 40 hours per week.  Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States for the entire term of the clerkship. Please submit résumé and cover letter by June 10, 2016, by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We expect to begin interviewing candidates in mid-June and to extend an offer by early July. No telephone calls or hard-copy applications, please.
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