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Corporate Counsel

$103,800- $200,300
Posted Jul 02
Full Time

We have an opening in the role of Corporate Counsel.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.

In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day.

" _By applying to this legal counsel position, you are being considered for multiple like positions. Position specifics, including hiring team, location and position details, will be determined during the interview process. The job description should make clear the job responsibilities and required qualifications."

_ Responsibilities

Legal Advice and Counsel

  • Acts as the primary legal contact (generalist or subject matter expert) for assigned clients; executes routine to moderate-impact legal matters; provides support (e.g., revises templates, answers client questions about legal process) to higher-level attorneys.
  • Serves as a contributor to clients and colleagues about legal and related business matters (e.g., privacy, intellectual property, regulatory compliance).
  • Identifies and anticipates legal risks in the client's business, technology, and/or public policy, and proposes solutions to mitigate future risk.
  • Interacts with outside counsel or other service providers to address and resolve project-specific issues.
  • Structures, drafts, and negotiates transactional documents (e.g., standard agreements with third parties).
  • Conducts, reviews, interprets, and analyzes legal information; maintains a basic understanding of legal principles within his or her primary legal practice area.
  • Monitors business activity to ensure legal compliance policies/standards are followed; advises and helps clients understand compliance issues, identifies risks including anti-trust/anti-corruption, and offers solutions.
  • Identifies and engages appropriate stakeholders in Legal and Corporate Affairs and business to escalate issues.

Operational Excellence

  • Provides input and continuous feedback to improve process efficiencies within role; identifies opportunities and tools to increase operational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Manages project work expenses according to budget and proposes efficiencies.
  • Models compliance and maintains confidentiality, attorney-client privilege, privacy, and the security of data.


  • Collaborates effectively within Legal and Corporate Affairs work group and direct business clients.
  • Organizes issues and ideas in written and verbal communication.


  • Embody our culture and values


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
    • OR equivalent practice of law.

Additional Or Preferred Qualifications

  • 1+ year(s) experience as an attorney in specialized practice area (e.g., tax, employment, copyright).

Legal Counsel IC3 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $103,800 - $200,300 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 $133,700 - $219,200 per year.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here:

Microsoft will accept applications and processes offers for these roles on an ongoing basis.


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.