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Proofpoint Corporate Counsel in District Of Columbia

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Department Overview:

The Proofpoint Legal Department is dedicated to providing expert legal advice in a fast-paced business environment and supporting Proofpoint’s crucial mission of enabling organizations across the world to protect their most valuable assets, their people and their data, with our people-centric cybersecurity products and services . This position will be part of the Commercial legal team working closely with Proofpoint’s Associate General Counsel, Commercial. The Corporate Counsel role is an important part of building the culture and success of the legal function to help drive Proofpoint’s growth.

Role Overview:

The Corporate Counsel will join a collaborative legal team who will work with cross-functional teams, peers, junior colleagues and staff to enable their development and the development of our commercial legal support processes. The successful candidate will be comfortable leading Proofpoint teams on deals, interacting with internal and external executives, and making agile decisions that comply with company standards, policy and strategy as well as evolve Proofpoint practices.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Draft, review and negotiate a broad range of commercial, revenue-generating agreements, including SaaS, software, channel, and other service agreements (70%)

  • Provide legal analyses of applicable laws, regulations and industry guidance that impact customer license and services agreements, and assist in the design and implementation of appropriate policies and practices to support the Federal/State/Local/Educational customer segment of U.S. and Canadian Government and/or assist the broader legal team in enhancing its capabilities and services efficacy through technology and other legal operations tools best practices (20%)

  • Assist in development and implementation of various legal templates, forms, communications and operational systems to improve the delivery and scalability of legal resources to a worldwide, distributed client base by working collaboratively with other legal team members and the sales organization (5%)

  • Proactively communicate issues back to leadership and drive good business, legal and operational processes and practices throughout the organization; drafting and implementing related policies; travel as requested (5%)

The What:

  • Experience with commercial technology transactions (SaaS and Software) with Fortune 1000 companies and Channel (Reseller, VAR, MSP, OEM, SI, etc.) programs and relationships required

  • Experience partnering (and developing rapport) with sales teams in a fast-paced environment that requires client-friendly demeanor, sound judgment, excellent counseling skills and ability to prioritize matters

  • Experience in the Federal/State/Local/Educational customer segment for the U.S. and Canadian Governments and/or experience in technological Legal Operations desired

  • 7 years+ experience as an attorney, with previous in-house experience strongly preferred

  • Law firm (AMLAW 200 or equivalent) experience preferred, especially in business transactions, litigation, intellectual property and/or licensing

  • Experience handling data privacy and security issues

  • Member in good standing of the applicable State Bar

The How:

  • Excellent negotiation skills and diplomacy, including ability to build consensus, “soft” skills to encourage, motivate and influence at all levels of the organization and those of our customers and partners

  • Willingness to roll-up the sleeves and lead informal internal teams

  • Enjoy working with clients, showing good humor, adaptability and resilience on a deal

  • Strong drafting skills with keen attention to detail and the ability to improve our forms and work using customer or partner paper

  • Effective communication and presence in person, in groups, over video and teleconference, email and in more formal documentation

  • Highest degree of personal and professional integrity and ethics

If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

At Proofpoint, we have a passion for protecting people, data, and brands from today’s advanced threats and compliance risks. We hire the best people in the business to:

  • Build and enhance our proven security platform

  • Blend innovation and speed in a constantly evolving cloud architecture

  • Analyze new threats and offer deep insight through data-driven intel

  • Collaborate with customers to help solve their toughest security challenges

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect what matters most. That’s why we’re a leader in next-generation cybersecurity—and why more than half of the Fortune 100 trust us as a security partner.

Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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