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Chief Legal Officer – San Francisco Bay Area or Remote

Job Type
Practice Areas
General Counsel,
Company Name
Solutus Legal Search
Job Title
Chief Legal Officer – San Francisco Bay Area or Remote


Our client, a large private Internet company has exclusively retained Solutus Legal Search to assist the executives with their search for a stellar Chief Legal Officer. This executive will report directly to the CEO and will manage a team of 11 professionals. This role can be based in the San Francisco Bay Area where the company is headquartered, or it can be remote with frequent travel to HQ.

The Chief Legal Officer is a core member of the executive leadership team and will be responsible for all legal affairs of the Company and will provide the highest quality legal counsel to the CEO and other senior management. S/he will serve as the executive leader for Public Policy and Government Affairs and will manage regulatory issues that are key to the business (there will be a VP of Policy who will report to the CLO). The attorney will also serve as a strategic business partner who will collaborate with other senior leaders to accelerate the growth and evolution of the Company.

Key Accountabilities and Expectations

  • Act as a true generalist and legal partner to internal business teams on a variety of complex legal topics pertaining to the Internet including privacy (GDPR and CCPA), general corporate, product, policy, commercial employment and international.
  • Position the Company as a trusted guide to governments, civil society, academia and press on competition, privacy, security, data, AI, platform accountability, connectivity, researcher access, and transparency
  • Be creative in balancing risk against opportunity
  • Understand the business of managing data and how Legal can facilitate maximum effectiveness and efficiency
  • Act as a partner to the business teams
  • Draft, review and negotiate key Company agreements
  • Build trust and influence the leadership and business roadmap
  • Handle corporate governance matters, including Board materials, consents, minutes, and manage internal processes and policies
  • Responsible for anticipating and addressing potential legal risks
  • Manage external counsel when necessary
  • Serve as a player/coach in the organization

The successful candidate must possess strong business acumen and translate complex legal principles into practical and effective business solutions – quickly and decisively. A savvy, confident, detail-oriented, and experienced legal executive in a technology company environment will be advantageous.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • D. degree and 15+ years legal experience
  • Proven background in the technology industry as a legal executive
  • Business acumen with business oriented legal solutions and the ability to effectively collaborate with the other company leaders to move business forward
  • Experience influencing global law and policy through a legal, government affairs, public policy, or political role
  • Must be a doer: Ability and desire to roll up one’s sleeves and do the work as well as handle the big picture strategic matters
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Executive presence and gravitas
  • Down to earth and positive/can-do attitude
  • Respectful to all members of the team
  • Effective interaction and relations with top-level management and Board of Directors
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead a high performing legal function
  • Proven track record of strong negotiation, communication, organizational, and management skills
  • Quick thinker, responsive and reliable

Our client understands that valuing diverse creative practices and forms of knowledge are crucial to and enrich the Company’s core mission. Its executives encourage applications from everyone, including members of all equity-seeking communities, such as (but not limited to) women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.

Solutus Legal has been exclusively retained as the recruiter of choice for this wonderful search. Interested candidates, please submit resumes to search@solutuslegal.com for consideration. Candidates applying directly to our client will be forwarded to Solutus for review.

Ref. #772-SLS

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