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Principal Attorney - Vaco

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Job Title
Principal Attorney
Job Location
Nashville, Tennessee
Job Description

Welcome to Vaco – an uncommon company with an empowered culture. At Vaco, we welcome talented innovators seeking an inclusive culture where who you are is more important than what you do.  

  • Ranked the #1 Best Staffing Firm to Work for in North America by Staffing Industry Analysts (Category: 500+ Employees)
  • An Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing company in America every year since 2007.



The Principal Attorney is responsible for working with senior leadership and outside counsel on all corporate legal and regulatory matters while embracing the culture that makes the Enterprise a great place to work. The position will collaborate with business stakeholders, business leaders and subject matter experts to plan and deliver legal projects effectively and timely. 


Essential Job Functions: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. 


Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Drafts, reviews, and negotiates commercial agreements across various industries 
  • Supports organization on corporate transactions as may arise from time to time, including the drafting of merger agreements and equity grant documents 
  • Revises and amends corporate policies and procedures 
  • Aids in managing internal corporate privacy controls 
  • Provides support for senior leadership around legal entity management and board affairs 
  • Researches and interprets anticipated changes in legal field as appropriate 
  • Manages the legal department budget/outside counsel relationships 


The above statements describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Desired Competencies: 

  • Accountability – Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments 
  • Global Perspective Takes a broad view when approaching issues.  Locally focused, globally minded 
  • Negotiation Skills Maintains integrity of motivation and purpose while demonstrating the skill of persuasion or achieving as close to a win-win arrangement as possible 
  • Organizational Savvy Maneuvers comfortably through complex policy, process 
  • Situational Adaptability Responds to changes, delays, or unexpected events in a positive manner; adapts working style to best fit a given situation with a strong work ethic 
  • Values Differences Supports and fosters a healthy, safe, equitable, and inclusive workplace by valuing the different perspectives, backgrounds, and culture represented 


Education and Experience: 

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree required 
  • Actively barred in Ontario (Canada), New York, or California required 
  • Minimum 5 years of legal experience required 
  • Experience with cross-border mergers and acquisitions focusing on startups and/or private equity required 


Location:  In office. 

Hybrid/Remote option may be considered with Management approval. 


Travel Requirements:    

10% travel (e.g. 10% travel to differing locations, 90% of the time working from an office) 


Physical Demands: The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position: 

Frequent: Sitting, walking, eye/hand/foot coordination and repetitive motion. 

Occasional: Standing and bending. 

Infrequent: Lifting up to 10 pounds. 




Vaco, LLC (“we,” “our,” or “Vaco”) respects your privacy and is committed to providing a transparent notice of our Notice at Collection and Privacy Policy for California Residents. This Notice and Privacy Policy for California Residents applies solely to those who reside in the State of California (“consumers” or “you”).  For additional details, click here.

California residents may also access Vaco’s HR Notice at Collection for California Applicants and Employees.

Vaco is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race (including but not limited to traits historically associated with race such as hair texture and hair style), color, sex (includes pregnancy or related conditions), religion or creed, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, status as a veteran, union membership, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, or any other protected characteristics as required by federal, state or local law.

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