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Corporate Counsel

$101,200- $194,800/ year
Posted Mar 26
Full Time
On Site
Redmond, Washington

Help Microsoft build the cloud! We are looking for an experienced commercial attorney in the role of Corporate Counsel to help support the expansion of Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure.

This position will focus on counseling and transaction support for the organization managing the multibillion-dollar supply chain for cloud hardware and datacenter technologies, helping build and operate a world-class supply chain meeting high standards for resilience, security, privacy, regulatory compliance, and sustainability.



  • Drafting and negotiating high value agreements with top tier suppliers at all levels of Microsoft’s global supply chain for datacenter hardware, covering all aspect of supply chain (such as capacity planning, contract manufacturing, component sourcing, logistics, quality, servicing, and decommissioning).
  • Developing trusted advisor relationships and counseling the datacenter supply chain organization on a broad range of legal and policy issues.
  • Creating new contract models, templates, and process improvements to improve quality and reduce contract cycle time for supply chain agreements.
  • Collaborating with stakeholders within and across organizational boundaries, including sourcing, finance, engineering, contract management, legal specialists, government affairs, community affairs, and PR.
  • Counseling and transaction support to adapt our complex supply chain to support novel operating models for datacenters and online services for government customers and customers in critical industry sectors.
  • Counseling on compliance with export, international trade, and other regulatory requirements affecting a global supply chain.
  • Counseling and transaction support on Microsoft sustainability initiatives for cloud infrastructure.


Required/Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate Degree or Equivalent International Degree
    • OR Completion of a Legal Apprenticeship.
  • Active license to practice law in a jurisdiction and capable of meeting admission requirements in relevant jurisdiction.
  • 3+ years experience as a practicing attorney with a law firm or in-house
    • OR equivalent practice of law.
  • Experience supporting complex commercial transactions.

Other Requirements


  • Citizenship & Citizenship Verification: This position requires verification of U.S. citizenship due to citizenship-based legal restrictions. Specifically, this position supports United States federal, state, and/or local government agency customers and is subject to certain citizenship-based restrictions where required or permitted by applicable law. To meet this legal requirement, citizenship will be verified via a valid passport.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience in supply chain issues and transactions, intellectual property, and technology transactions.
  • Experience counseling and working with sourcing, engineering, program management, and other non-legal clients on complex commercial and regulatory issues.
  • Outstanding negotiation and collaboration skills.
  • Able to quickly and accurately identify legal issues in a complex environment and to develop practical solutions by exercising confident judgment in ambiguous situations.
  • Works efficiently, meets demanding deadlines in a fast-paced environment, prioritizes workflow with minimal supervision, and adjusts to frequent fluctuations in workload and business imperatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate well with deal team members and others on projects that cut across organizational and national boundaries.
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse and inclusive team.

Legal Counsel IC3 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $101,200 - $194,800 per year. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $130,000 - $213,200 per year.

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Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with applicable law, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, immigration status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran or military status, race, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application process, read more about requesting accommodations.