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Principal Corporate Counsel - AI

$178,400- $234,100/ year
Posted Mar 18
Full Time
Austin, Texas

Cisco, the world’s leading networking, communications, and security company, is on a mission to empower an inclusive future for everyone. We are proud to consistently be recognized as one of the best places in the world to work by Fortune, and we are looking for outstanding people to join our legal team.

What You’ll Do

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Cisco legal team supporting the governance of AI (artificial intelligence). We are seeking a teammate and thought leader who is ready to dive into the heart of innovative technology in an environment that is dynamic and constantly evolving. We are looking for someone who is excited to join a highly collaborative, cross-functional, fun, conscientious and collegial team that serves as the AI Governance subject matter experts for Cisco.

Your Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bar admission in any jurisdiction with good standing, with a minimum of 5+ years of relevant experience at a law firm and/or in-house
  • Experience in managing legal requests from multiple internal clients, while prioritizing key transactions
  • Experience in communicating legal issues in plain-English
  • Adept at quickly making sound legal judgments to facilitate nimble business execution.

Subject Matter expert in the following:


  • Providing practical legal guidance to various stakeholders, including product development, enterprise IT, marketing, services, and human resources.
  • Tracking and providing guidance on global laws while collaborating with other legal teams (i.e., privacy, IP).
  • Developing and implementing strategies and policies as well as playbooks, guidelines, and resource materials for use across an organization for various personas and use cases.
  • Reviewing contracts and agreements, including acting as legal lead in negotiations.
  • Developing and facilitating training for various teams on legal risks, and compliance.

Desired Skills and Characteristics:


  • Experience with AI-specific legal issues, including in contract negotiations, AI-related policies and regulations, and data handling.
  • Be a great teammate, willing to pitch in and assist wherever needed.
  • Excellent business judgment, advocating for acceptable legal risk to enable business outcomes.
  • Customer and client-centric approach, demonstrating respect and a positive attitude under all circumstances.
  • Outstanding contract negotiation and drafting skills, with the ability to discuss complex issues in a clear and simple manner both in writing and orally.
  • Focused attention to detail and ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational and social skills and desire to make legal processes more efficient.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills with an ability to provide clarity around complex and nuanced issues to various audiences in multiple subject areas and jurisdictions.
  • Strong leadership skills, wanting to supply a team culture passionate about shared success.
  • Proven knowledge of software licensing, AI governance and emerging regulations, intellectual property, and marketing.
  • Experience and familiarity with data privacy, AI, and cyber security laws and regulations. External privacy and/or security certifications (e.g., CIPP/E, CISSP) is a plus.

Our Legal Department

We are a team of 500+ Legal and Compliance professionals in 25+ countries committed to fostering and inclusive and collaborative environment as we work together to drive Cisco’s success. We serve as trusted advisors to the business – problem solving, navigating complexities, and enabling transformation along the way. We use technology to make life easier – demonstrating Cisco’s innovative networking and collaboration tools to enable flexible, hybrid work. And we adopt the responsibility to be force for good – donating our time and expertise through pro bono and community impact initiatives.

Why Cisco


#WeAreCisco. We are all unique, but collectively we bring our talents to work as a team, to develop innovative technology and power a more inclusive, digital future for everyone. How do we do it? Well, for starters – with people like you!

Nearly every internet connection around the world touches Cisco. We’re the Internet’s optimists. Our technology makes sure the data traveling at light speed across connections does so securely, yet it’s not what we make but what we make happen which marks us out. We’re helping those who work in the health service to connect with patients and each other; schools, colleges, and universities to teach in even the most challenging of times. We’re helping businesses of all shapes and sizes to connect with their employees and customers in new ways, providing people with access to the digital skills they need and connecting the most remote parts of the world – whether through 5G, or otherwise.

We tackle whatever challenges come our way. We have each other’s backs, we recognize our accomplishments, and we grow together. We celebrate and support one another – from big and small things in life to big career moments. And giving back is in our DNA (we get 10 days off each year to do just that).

We know that powering an inclusive future starts with us. Because without diversity and a dedication to equality, there is no moving forward. Our 30 Inclusive Communities, that bring people together around commonalities or passions, are leading the way. Together we’re committed to learning, listening, caring for our communities, whilst supporting the most vulnerable with a collective effort to make this world a better place either with technology, or through our actions.

So, you have colorful hair? Don’t care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That’s cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us! #WeAreCisco