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Corp. Counsel, Legal

Posted May 15
Full Time
San Jose, California


We care deeply about transforming lives with AMD technology to enrich our industry, our communities, and the world. Our mission is to build great products that accelerate next-generation computing experiences - the building blocks for the data center, artificial intelligence, PCs, gaming and embedded. Underpinning our mission is the AMD culture. We push the limits of innovation to solve the world’s most important challenges. We strive for execution excellence while being direct, humble, collaborative, and inclusive of diverse perspectives.

AMD together we advance_

The Role

The Legal Department is seeking a highly motivated corporate counsel to join the team supporting AMD’s Adaptive and Embedded Computing Group (AECG). The Corporate Counsel primarily works with the engineering organizations within AECG as product counsel in support of its SoCs, FPGAs, data center and telco acceleration cards, computational storage drives, SmartNICs, SOMs, and related software and AI tools. Additionally, the Corporate Counsel will work with sales, marketing, and business development organizations within AECG to support engagements with customers and other business partners.

The Person

The ideal candidate should have the ability to work with clients at all levels to achieve a common goal while taking into consideration both legal and business issues. This person should be a self-starter who can work both independently and as a team and who understands when it is appropriate to escalate issues. This person should make sound judgments and recommendations and have excellent verbal and written communication skills but be comfortable using “plain English” to explain complex legal concepts. It is important for this person to be an efficient and effective multitasker while managing workload and competing priorities. Success in this role typically involves a creative problem-solver with a practical, collaborative, and solution-oriented mindset. Ideally, in addition to being a standout colleague with a good sense of humor, this person will possess an intellectual curiosity and a desire to support complex and cutting-edge software and hardware products.

Key Responsibilities

  • Counsel engineering clients regarding the use of open source software in compliance with policies and procedures.
  • Review, draft, and negotiate inbound and outbound software and technology license agreements.
  • Review, draft, and negotiate agreements for product sales, services, and support in addition to other customer and business partner contracts.
  • Coordinate deal negotiation with internal stakeholders.
  • Counsel clients regarding contract terms, compliance, and dispute resolution.
  • Develop and provide internal training on legal and compliance topics.

Preferred Experience

  • A junior attorney with both law firm and in-house experience.
  • Significant experience in open source licensing and counseling, commercial transactions, and intellectual property law.
  • Experience in the computing or semiconductor industry is a plus.

Academic Credentials

  • A JD degree and admission to practice law in a U.S. state (California preferred).


San Jose, CA

At AMD, your base pay is one part of your total rewards package. Your base pay will depend on where your skills, qualifications, experience, and location fit into the hiring range for the position. You may be eligible for incentives based upon your role such as either an annual bonus or sales incentive. Many AMD employees have the opportunity to own shares of AMD stock, as well as a discount when purchasing AMD stock if voluntarily participating in AMD’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You’ll also be eligible for competitive benefits described in more detail here.

_AMD does not accept unsolicited resumes from headhunters, recruitment agencies, or fee-based recruitment services. AMD and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity, inclusive employers and will consider all applicants without regard to age, ancestry, color, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religion, political and/or third-party affiliation, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates and will accommodate applicants’ needs under the respective laws throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process.