Counsel, Senior

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)Houston, TexasFull Time

**Job Description

** Operating within broad guidelines established by the Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, and the Associate General Counsel, the incumbent is responsible for providing legal expertise and assistance to the organization regarding IP and technology transactions, including software licensing, transfer and outsourcing issues, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as copyright, trademark and patent matters.

**What You Will Do:

  • Provide counsel on various legal matters to protect brand identity, enforce intellectual property rights, and assess portfolio strengths, risks, and needs.
  • Advise on legal issues related to the full technology lifecycle, from procurement, development, and implementation/deployment for both (i) enterprise technology and (ii) core products offered and developed by lines of business.
  • Review, draft and provide counsel to members of the business enterprise, including technology and digital teams, related to complex, global commercial agreements (with a focus on technology), , including master service agreements, technology acquisition and services engagements, commercial vendor agreements, statements of work, work orders, NDAs, data protection agreements and related project documentation.
  • Provide technology and intellectual property due diligence support, including evaluation of third-party technology and intellectual property; support technology and intellectual property related litigations and disputes; provide assessment on open-source software, SaaS agreements and various technology related issues.
  • Participate in the development and interpretation of ABS policies.
  • May provide direction and instruction to support staff, review their progress, and make recommendations concerning evaluating their work.


** **What You Will Need:

** **Education & Experience

  • Juris Doctor degree required.
  • Requires a minimum of 2-5 years of experience with IP/Technology Transactions experience.

**Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Legal interest in the technology/software development and marine industries.
  • The ability to negotiate complex, sensitive legal issues with clients and other interested parties.
  • The human relations and organizational skills necessary to effectively manage support staff activities and work with a team.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, and convey a positive, can-do attitude.
  • Must be a self-starter, able to work independently with a proactive working style.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


** This position requires access to information that is subject to control by the Export Administration Regulations and/or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Any offer of employment shall be contingent upon the Company’s verification that the candidate is a “U.S. Person” or upon the receipt of all necessary export licenses or authorizations that may be required by U.S. export control laws. “U.S. Persons” are defined as U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents (i.e., “green card” holders), or any individual granted protected status under the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C.

  • 1324b(a)(3)), including asylees and refugees. In the event a candidate refuses or cannot otherwise provide the necessary information for the Company to determine whether such licenses may be required, or for the Company to obtain any required licenses, the Company shall maintain the exclusive right to discontinue the application process and/or withdraw any contingent offer that has been made.

**About Us

** We set out more than 160 years ago to promote the security of life and property at sea and preserve the natural environment. Today, we remain true to our mission and continue to support organizations facing a rapidly evolving seascape of challenging regulations and new technologies. Through it all, we are anchored by a vision and mission that help our clients find clarity in uncertain times.

ABS is a global leader in marine and offshore classification and other innovative safety, quality, and environmental services. We’re at the forefront of supporting the global energy transition at sea, the application of remote and autonomous marine systems, cutting-edge technical solutions, and many more exciting advancements. Our commitment to safety, reliability, and efficiency is ever-present, guiding our clients to safer and more efficient operations.

**About Our Benefits

** ABS Bureau proudly offers a variety of industry-leading benefits designed to enhance the life and well-being of our employees and their families. These benefits include, but are not limited to, medical insurance (PPO and HD), dental and vision insurance, Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Savings Account (FSA), life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, disability leave programs, parental leave program, paid holidays, and paid vacation time. The Company provides an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) that offers support in personal wellness, including work-life services. ABS Bureau also offers a 401K plan with a generous company match, subject to plan requirements.

**Equal Opportunity

** ABS Bureau is committed to the equal employment opportunity of its employees and prohibits discrimination against any employee or qualified applicant based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status or veteran status, or other non-work-related characteristics that may be protected under the law of the Federal Government or specific state employment laws.


** ABS and Affiliated Companies (ABS) will not pay a fee to any third-party agency without a valid ABS Master Service Agreement (MSA) authorized and signed by Human Resources. Any resume, CV, application, or other forms of candidate submission provided to any employee of ABS without a valid MSA on file will be considered property of ABS, and no fee will be paid.


** This job description is not intended, and should not be construed, to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job of the incumbent. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the principal job elements essential for making a fair decision regarding the pay structure of the job. #ogjs

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