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Legal Counsel, Government and Defense

Posted Nov 21
Full Time
On Site
Washington, District of Columbia

About Applied Intuition

Applied Intuition is a vehicle software supplier that accelerates the adoption of safe and intelligent machines worldwide. Founded in 2017, Applied Intuition provides a simulation and validation platform for various industries such as automotive, trucking, construction, and more. 17 of the top 20 global automakers rely on Applied Intuition’s solutions to shorten development cycles, deliver high-quality systems, and accelerate the production of modern vehicles with confidence. Applied Intuition is headquartered in Mountain View, CA, with offices in Ann Arbor, MI, Washington, DC, Munich, Stockholm, Seoul, and Tokyo. Learn more at

About the role

We are looking for an exceptional individual to join our legal team and lead our government contract and compliance efforts. This is a uniquely strategic role with a mix of both internal and external-facing responsibilities in an area of increasing importance and growth for Applied Intuition. In short, this role will make an impact. You will report to our Head of Legal and primarily support our government and defense team but will also partner cross-functionally across Product, Engineering, Sales, and Marketing. You will also have opportunities to expand your role as part of a small legal team in a high growth start up. 
Our ideal candidate is a, business-minded lawyer who is focused on execution, prepared to lead on important deals, and is comfortable making thoughtful and creative decisions. The role will require a high degree of self-sufficiency but also someone who enjoys being part of a supportive team dedicated to providing top legal service to our internal clients. You must be willing to roll up your sleeves and be comfortable working in ambiguity.

At Applied Intuition, you will:

  • Support the review and negotiation of a variety of government and defense transactions, including prime contracts, software licensing agreements, and related agreements with third parties (subcontract agreements, teaming agreements, non-disclosure agreements), and RFQ/RFP/RFI/ROMs.
  • Interpret and explain contract terms and conditions as well as regulations that apply to government contractors (including cybersecurity and export compliance) for internal clients and collaborate across functional teams to ensure compliance with those terms.
  • Develop and assist in the implementation of scalable and sustainable legal operations processes, programs and tools to support the legal team’s effective and efficient delivery of services for the government and defense team
  • Lead or support various compliance activities, reporting requirements, and internal investigations as required
  • Assist in drafting company policies and prepare employee government contracts and compliance training and education
  • Proactively manage other duties that may arise as part of a small legal team in a high growth start-up

We're looking for someone who has:

  • In depth knowledge and practical experience advising clients on government procurement laws and processes including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), particularly with respect to data rights and IP protections
  • Experience in negotiating terms, costs, and contract requirements in proposals to obtain contract awards
  • The ability, through your own experience and knowledge or by working with outside counsel, to guide Applied Intuition and ensure compliance with various regulations related to EAR and ITAR controlled items, Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), NIST, hiring foreign nationals, etc.
  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school and active membership in one state bar
  • 4+ years' of experience with the activities described above. 
  • Ability to travel (up to 20%)

Nice to have:

  • Experience with some combination of law firm/in-house/Department of Defense work
  • An active security clearance, or the ability to obtain one, at Secret level or higher

The salary range for this position is $65,000 USD to $400,000 USD annually. This salary range is an estimate, and the actual salary may vary based on the Company's compensation practices.

Don’t meet every single requirement? If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Applicants will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable federal and state law. Applicants should be aware that for external-facing roles that involve close contact with Company employees or other third parties on the Company's premises, accommodations that involve remaining unvaccinated against COVID-19 may not be deemed reasonable. The Company will engage in the interactive process on an individualized basis taking into account the particular position.

Applied Intuition is an equal opportunity employer and federal contractor or subcontractor. Consequently, the parties agree that, as applicable, they will abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and that these laws are incorporated herein by reference. These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. These regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability. The parties also agree that, as applicable, they will abide by the requirements of Executive Order 13496 (29 CFR Part 471, Appendix A to Subpart A), relating to the notice of employee rights under federal labor laws.