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Associate Counsel

In a nutshell

IDEO, a global design and innovation firm, is seeking a dynamic Associate Counsel to join its unique team of talented individuals in an exciting, fast-paced environment.  IDEO centers its business around its core values of amazing design content, collaboration, client relationship focus, optimism, empathy, and integrity.  Reporting to the General Counsel, the Associate Counsel will be responsible for a wide range of commercial contracts, privacy compliance (e.g., CCPA) and support for IDEO’s platform businesses along with assisting the General Counsel in navigating a broad range of legal issues and processes in a human-centered way.  

This position is based out of San Francisco, CA.

Once you are here you will

  • Build trusting relationships with Business Development, Portfolio Directors, Project Leads, and Operations Leads within IDEO as well as with IDEO clients.
  • Partner with and quickly guide Business Development, Project and Operations teams through contractual processes. 
  • Draft, review and negotiate contractual documents for the company’s five (5) U.S. locations and numerous business communities.
  • Assist General Counsel and Legal Director (UK) in supporting the company’s four (4) non-U.S. locations.
  • Advise General Counsel on supporting IDEO’s platform businesses along with legal issues for new business initiatives and relationships. 
  • Work closely with General Counsel, Legal Director (UK) and Legal Specialist to improve contract and design research processes and procedures and ensure positive experience for internal and external clients with the legal process. 
  • Work with and manage privacy vendors and consultants to ensure IDEO privacy practices are in compliance and up to date
  • Manage CCPA and other data requests
  • Assist Legal, Finance, Talent, Technology, MarCom and Operations Teams in maintaining corporate compliance (CCPA/GDPR),, online forms and systems, privacy policies and investment portfolio.
  • Work closely with General Counsel, Legal Director (UK) , Legal Specialist, and Technology team on local and global privacy and data security issues.
  • Counsel IDEO’s various online platform teams on data privacy, intellectual property, and commercial issues. 

Relevant Experience and Mindsets 

  • 3+ years experience in law firm or combined law firm and in-house legal department with experience in copyright, trademark, intellectual property transactions, data privacy, and data security issues
  • Interest in, passion for, experience with and/or curiosity about design industry and designing human-centered legal processes 
  • JD or LLM from accredited US law school
  • US Bar Admittance (CA preferred)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to build trusted relationships with internal and external clients  
  • Specific and technical knowledge of contract types, methods and procedures and principles of contract law 
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate clearly, professionally and empathetically about managing expectations on multiple matters
  • High level of integrity, honesty and ethics
  • Comfort working in a non-rules based, innovative culture
  • Ability to exercise independent discretion and judgment within a highly networked and unstructured environment 
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility and diplomacy

Preferred but not Required:

  • Japanese, German, or Chinese language skills 
  • Negotiation and/or ADR skills training

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals swimming with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure we work hard, but IDEO also intentionally crafts moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.

Learn more about us

Application Instructions

Please apply with a resume and cover letter. (Yes, we read all cover letters!)

Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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