United States


Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington DC

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Job Description

Together we go beyond 
We have bold ambitions and are always ready to add people to our diverse team so we can stretch the boundaries of innovation and success. Are you ready to join us in our quest to go beyond and create what’s next? 

As a Senior Legal Counsel, you will mainly partner with business line management, business development executives, contract coordinators and other functions on commercial matters, especially customer arrangements.  You will assess and guide a variety of business stakeholders on legal and commercial risks associated with transactions, their potential impact and suggested mitigating actions. 

About the role:
  • Structure, draft, review and negotiate a broad range of IT consulting and system integrator related service contracts and related documents.
  • Assist various business stakeholders in clarifying and balancing risk and reward in relation to the service offerings and individual customer arrangements and mitigating risk to protect the company's assets and profitability. 
  • Guide business stakeholders on questions of contract performance.
  • Prepare escalation for variances from contracting policy or unusual commercial and legal risks.
  • Stay abreast of legal developments affecting the company, its clients, and industries and synthesize the information to incorporate it into company’s transactional practices.
  • Develop internal trainings, guidelines, toolkits and packaged knowledge on various legal and business issues.
  • Develop subject matter expertise in one of more areas that benefit the Avanade Legal Group and/or our business.
  • Promote and implement initiatives introduced by the Avanade Legal Group.
  • Manage and ensure that corporate governance requirements are met, up to date and in compliance with local laws.
  • Support the global compliance strategy and the related global compliance programs implementation, also working with the global compliance team.
  • Manage issues and disputes, minimize potential for litigation and foster protection of Avanade’s reputation. 
  • Provide legal education and training for our employees.
  • Handle other duties as may be assigned on a case-by-case basis.
About you:
You are a positive and committed person who is passionate about the law and technology. You believe in letting your voice be heard. You enjoy a diverse, dynamic, and creative environment. You thrive working in a team and easily manage competing priorities. You adapt quickly to change. You are a people person with the talent to build relationships at all levels within the organization. You have a curious mindset and a keen interest in understanding the business and what drives performance.  

In addition, you have: 
  • Degree in law. Excellent academic credentials. Attorney qualifications.
  • 6 to 10 years of experience as an attorney and with at least 2 years of experience working in a corporate legal department (experience in IT industry is a plus). 
  • Deep knowledge of, or ability to understand relevant laws (including contract, commercial, information technology, intellectual property, and data privacy laws) and also the business and work culture in a multinational company including those pertaining to compliance.
  • Demonstrates excellent judgment, ability to prioritize and make decisions.
  • Well-refined business perspective.
  • Ability to work within a hierarchy and corporate multinational matrix both live and virtually across time zones.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team in an intense, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently with some supervision and to escalate issues in a timely manner for resolution.
  • Disciplined, focused and dedicated to meeting high standards of excellence.
  • Exceptional time management, prioritization and organizational skills with ability to meet deadlines with short time frames and work under pressure.  Highly responsive and follows through on commitments.
  • Experience in structuring, negotiating, drafting and reviewing complicated technology consulting arrangements.
  • Strategic, proactive thinker.
  • Positive, inclusive and collaborative style.
  • Superior communication skills, particularly with respect to active listening to and integrating information from various sources quickly and communicating legal advice in a practical form in a business context.
  • Up-to-date working knowledge of the Microsoft ecosystem and cloud computing are a plus.
  • Fluent in English (reading, writing and speaking). 
  • Knowledge of French (reading, writing and speaking) would be a plus.
Avanade requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Avanade will consider requests for medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement on an individual basis.

What we offer you:
Distinctive experiences  
Leading organizations—corporations, non-profits, government agencies—look to Avanade to help them make the most of their investment in Microsoft and to push the boundaries of digital innovation. The result? Interesting work that is well supported, always evolving, and sure to keep you engaged and interested.  
Limitless learning  
We give lifelong learners a rich menu to choose from, drawing from our relationship with Microsoft and other partners. We’ll back you up as you pursue big ideas and give you honest feedback to move forward advance your growth and our clients’.  
Ambitious growth  
We think big and achieve, knowing we have a global team of people who are just as passionate about innovating as we are and eager to grow with us. Growth at Avanade doesn’t have to look like a traditional ascent up the career ladder (although that is an option). We welcome people to go deep into their specialties and to embrace agility and go after new skills in different areas of the business  
Total rewards  
We are always looking for ways to elevate our employee experience to give our people opportunities to share in Avanade's success. In addition to a competitive salary and attractive benefits, we offer an employee stock purchase plan, recognition programs with awards tied to them, and additional perks like flexible work arrangements and thriving employee networks.  
We’re interested in getting to know you and figuring out what we can do together. Hit Apply Now and let’s start the conversation. 

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About Avanade

Avanade leads in providing innovative digital services, business solutions and design-led experiences for its clients, delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals combine technology, business and industry expertise to build and deploy solutions to realize results for clients and their customers. Avanade has 29,000 digitally connected people across 23 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate. We welcome all, and seek talented individuals who can bring their whole self to work, build inclusive teams and encourage diversity inside and outside the organization. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation. Learn more at