Senior Legal Counsel

Posted Jan 26
Full Time
New York
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About Uphold

The Web3 economy will redefine how financial value is held and transacted - with much activity shifting towards blockchain networks and digital assets. Founded in 2013, Uphold is a Web3 financial platform that supports almost 300 digital assets and acts as a Regulated Gateway to the Web3 economy. Featuring integrations with 26 blockchain networks and a robust trading engine connected to 30 underlying venues, the platform allows users to trade ‘Anything-to-Anything’ while enjoying keen pricing and deep liquidity. Uphold has completed more than 120 million transactions worth $40 billion from 10 million customers in over 150 countries.Both people and companies need to access this exciting Web3 world, but it can be technically demanding and time-consuming.

Uphold strips away the complexity and lack of transparency to open up Web3 finance for everyone.To learn more about Uphold, please visit

The opportunity

The Senior Counsel will be responsible for general corporate matters, negotiating commercial agreements, and a key contributor to the design and implementation of risk management strategies and regulatory compliance alongside Uphold’s Head of Legal and the Compliance team. The ideal candidate is a self-driven lawyer capable of taking full ownership of a wide variety of legal and risk management matters at the Company relevant to a highly regulated and fast-growing company. As a result, the Senior Counsel will play an important role in the success and continued growth of Uphold. This position is full-time and exempt, and based in New York. The Senior Counsel will report to the Head of Legal.


  • Negotiate, draft, and execute commercial agreements with technology partners and vendors.
  • Offer counsel on wide-ranging legal issues and advise executives within the company.
  • Work alongside other departments across the company, including HR, Security, Compliance, Product, and Engineering.
  • Advise on contract status, legal risks, and the legal liabilities associated with commercial transactions.
  • Researching and anticipating legal issues that could impact the company, including developments in the regulation of digital assets.
  • Operationalize legal workflow and contract management across the company.
  • Other duties as required or assigned.


  • Law degree from a recognized university.
  • Admitted to NY bar or able to be admitted on motion/reciprocity.
  • 3-7+ years of corporate experience in large law firm and/or in-house.
  • Experience in cryptocurrency/fintech a major plus; interest in cryptocurrency required.
  • Experience working with regulators or for a regulated business is a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, ability to communicate effectively with others at all levels of the organization.
  • Strong negotiating skills with both legal and financial/commercial issues.
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision but be a team player with a great attitude.

Salary: $160,000-$180,000 DOE

EEOC Employer

Uphold is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected class.