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Commercial Counsel - Emergence

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Job Title
Commercial Counsel
Job Location
New York, New York
Job Description

At Emergence, we’re pioneering a self-improving intelligent agent designed to revolutionize human-machine collaboration. Our “orchestrator” increases the reliability and accuracy of AI models while reducing costs and processing times. Our team has created award-winning systems currently utilized in hundreds of settings across the United States.

Currently ~140 employees strong, our remote-first team is spread across 10 countries and quickly expanding. We also have offices in New York City, Southern California and India. If you’re passionate about AI and ready to help shape the future of multi-agent systems, we’d love to hear from you!

We’re seeking a talented Commercial Counsel to join our Legal team as we counsel on cutting-edge issues at the forefront of AI and EdTech. As the second member of our team, you’ll play a pivotal role in shaping our legal department and will have many opportunities for professional growth. Collaborating closely with talented teams across Merlyn Mind, you’ll handle a variety of complex commercial transactions and make a significant impact as we accelerate our go-to-market strategy.
What You’ll Do
  • Draft, analyze, and negotiate a wide range of complex commercial agreements with enterprise customers, school districts, partners, and suppliers, including collaboration, cloud services, reseller, consulting, vendor, data processing, and non-disclosure agreements
  • Proactively engage with our go-to-market team, business development, and product teams to ensure that contract negotiations align seamlessly with our business strategies
  • Design and launch processes to streamline our contracting workflows as our company scales and lead our effort to implement a contract lifecycle management tool
  • Provide training and continuous learning opportunities for colleagues in business teams on evolving legal standards, best practices, and risk management strategies
  • Build strong relationships with business leaders and other colleagues across the company
  • Support our General Counsel to help scale the legal function, including developing our strategy and assisting with recruiting as our team grows
  • Since we’re a small legal team, you’ll have the opportunity to assist with other practice areas based on your experience, interests, and professional goals
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • J.D. degree and admission to a state bar that authorizes you to work from your preferred location
  • At least 6 years of legal practice and 3 years focusing on commercial law (some in-house experience is a plus)
  • A strong track record in complex contract negotiation and strategic legal advising
  • Deep experience drafting and negotiating a variety of complex commercial contracts
  • Strong knowledge of IP, privacy, and other legal issues relevant to commercial agreements, including GDPR and U.S. state privacy laws (familiarity with COPPA and FERPA is a plus)
  • Experience with or desire and aptitude to learn AI technology and related legal issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, time management, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to provide risk-calibrated, business-oriented legal advice in a fast-paced environment
  • A positive, growth-oriented mindset and desire to gain exposure to other practice areas
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    Emergence Headquarters Location

    San Mateo, CA

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    Emergence Company Size

    Between 20 - 100 employees

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