Counsel, Washington, DC

Posted Jan 29
Full Time
Washington, District Of Columbia


Cogent Communications is a global, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP, consistently ranked as one of the top five networks in the world and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the ticker symbol CCOI. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access and Ethernet transport services. Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical IP network backbone provides IP services in over 216 markets globally. Since its inception, Cogent has unleashed the benefits of IP technology, building one of the largest and highest capacity IP networks in the world. This network enables Cogent to offer large bandwidth connections at highly competitive prices. Cogent also offers superior customer support by virtue of its end-to-end control of service delivery and network monitoring. A full benefits package takes effect within 30 days of employment. Matching 401k and stock options are also included.


The legal department of Cogent Communications seeks a junior lawyer to work at Cogent’s headquarters in Washington, DC. This is an in-office position and does not have a remote work option. Cogent is a publicly traded provider of high speed Internet service to small to mid-sized businesses, universities, access network operators and content publishers with operations in 50 countries worldwide. You will be joining a small legal department consisting of two lawyers, a legal assistant and the company’s corporate secretary.

This is a generalist position with a range of duties and tasks that arise daily. The primary responsibilities of this position are expected to be commercial transactions, including the review, negotiation and drafting of a broad range of contracts for Cogent’s customers and vendors; providing advice to business counterparts; corporate compliance, including maintaining Cogent and its subsidiaries’ corporate qualifications in various jurisdictions worldwide; regulatory compliance; and litigation management, including consulting with outside counsel as necessary.


  • Contract drafting and negotiating experience is a must.
  • Familiarity and experience in one or more of the following areas are a plus: Corporate and regulatory compliance; data privacy and cyber-security; employment and HR matters; internet and telecommunications industry.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to all levels of the Company, including senior management.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work as part of a team or independently with limited supervision.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Attorney with admission to bar of one state or District of Columbia. 3-5 years of experience in-house or at a law firm.

Work Environment:

To best support your success, this is an in-office position five days a week, allowing for focused mentorship, training and personal coaching.

COVID-19 Policy:

Cogent has adopted a mandatory vaccination and booster policy which requires all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated ( including booster shots when eligible) against COVID-19. Prior to beginning employment, new employees must provide proof of vaccination or apply for and receive an accommodation to be exempt from the policy.

By submitting an application or resume for this position, I understand that is an in-office position and agree to abide Cogent’s mandatory vaccination policy.

To apply for the Counsel position, please submit your resume and cover letter to .

Cogent Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.