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Legal Counsel, Commercial Transactions

$159,000- $304,000
Posted May 22
Full Time
Dallas, Texas

Who are we?

Equinix is the world’s digital infrastructure company®, operating over 250 data centers across the globe. Digital leaders harness Equinix's trusted platform to bring together and interconnect foundational infrastructure at software speed. Equinix enables organizations to access all the right places, partners and possibilities to scale with agility, speed the launch of digital services, deliver world-class experiences and multiply their value, while supporting their sustainability goals.

A career at Equinix means you will collaborate on work that impacts the world and be surrounded by endless opportunities to learn new skills and grow in varied directions. We embrace diversity in thought and contribution and are committed to providing an equitable work environment that is foundational to our core values as a company and is vital to our success.

Legal Counsel, Commercial Transactions

Job Summary

Bar licensed attorney that drafts, negotiates and manages commercial customer contracts and participates on related projects as needed.


  • Being responsible for legal management of the full deal cycle, including reporting and communicating status of contracts and managing negotiations collectively with internal stakeholders. Overseeing development of, and approvals for, customer deals, working with internal stakeholders to coordinate approvals and address business issues between various departments (e.g., sales, finance, tax, and insurance) and stakeholders and mitigating risks.
  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating moderately complex customer contracts and channel/ resale contracts to ensure principles meet Equinix’s business requirements and align to internal stakeholder’s approval standards. The successful candidate should anticipate primary responsibility for global major customer accounts and collaborating with colleagues in the EMEA and APAC regions on a regular basis.
  • Providing legal advice to internal stakeholders while demonstrating a keen understanding of commercial considerations; working closely with and providing strategic guidance to the business, including senior management across the organization.
  • Providing ancillary advice and completing required administrative tasks on various issues including early contract termination, novations, price increases, renewals, amendments, customer rights, and ensuring changes are properly documented.
  • Prepared to function as part of the wider global legal team and undertake global projects, initiatives, deals, corporate or other commercial transactions as may arise or be assigned. Comfortable with working in a matrix reporting organization.
  • Being a close partner to the business, the successful candidate will be responsible for a broad spectrum of commercial legal and compliance matters within Equinix’s business and may be assigned ownership of the commercial activities in a country, a particular business unit, or specific industry areas.
  • Analyzing customer requests for information, advising the business on how best to respond, and be able to independently draft accurate and comprehensive responses under tight deadlines.
  • Identifying customer contract aspects that do not comply with Equinix policies, processes, and procedures and escalating issues to stakeholders/approvers/appropriate party to address non compliance.
  • Developing templates for customer transactions (e.g., new product offering, new policies).
  • Working with external counsel where required.


  • Law degree from a recognized university with a minimum of 6 to 10 years practice experience. Admitted to practice in a US state or Canadian jurisdiction where based
  • Extensive experience in sell side contract negotiation is critical
  • Strong ability to identify business concerns of both parties to the transaction and then be able to creatively ascertain and draft bespoke contract provisions to solve for those concerns in a way that mitigates legal risks and accomplishes business objectives
  • Experience working on a collaborative team with key business stakeholders in Sales, Finance, Product, and Operations to identify key business concerns with contract provisions, and project manage development of documents during the contract negotiation and drafting process
  • Competent, engaged, accurate, resourceful, independent, organized, able to prioritize, an effective time manager and the ability to work in a a team are important skills
  • Prepared to use current legal technology including contracts management systems and document and email management systems
  • Articulate, with great communication and drafting skills and fluency in English. Being effective negotiating and drafting in a second language (such as Spanish or French) would be an advantage

Equinix is committed to ensuring that our employment process is open to all individuals, including those with a disability. If you are a qualified candidate and need assistance or an accommodation, please let us know by completing this form.

Equinix is an Equal Employment Opportunity and, in the U.S., an Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to unlawful consideration of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, place of birth, citizenship, sex, pregnancy / childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or domestic partnership status, age, veteran or military status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, political / organizational affiliation, status as a victim or family member of a victim of crime or abuse, or any other status protected by applicable law.

The United States targeted pay range for this position in the following location is / locations are:

  • San Francisco, CA / Bay Area: $179,000 to $304,000 per year
  • California (Non-SF/Bay Area), Connecticut, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Washington state: $172,000 to $293,000 per year
  • Colorado, Nevada, Rhode Island: $159,000 to $271,000 per year

Our pay ranges reflect the minimum and maximum target for new hire pay for the full-time position determined by role, level, and location. Individual pay is based on additional factors including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education and/or training.

This position may be offered in other locations. Your recruiter can share more about the specific pay range for your preferred location during the hiring process.

The targeted pay range listed reflects the base pay only and does not include bonus, equity, or benefits. Employees are eligible for bonus, and equity may be offered depending on the position.

As an employee, you become important to Equinix’s success. Details about our company benefits can be found at the following link:

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Equinix is committed to ensuring that our employment process is open to all individuals, including those with a disability. If you are a qualified candidate and need assistance or an accommodation, please let us know by completing this form.