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Corporate Legal Counsel

Posted Jul 10
Full Time
Lansdowne, Virginia

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. __ Alliance Defending Freedom is looking for a highly professional Corporate Counsel to work out of our Scottsdale, AZ or Lansdowne, VA office. As Corporate Counsel, you are a vital part of the ADF team. In this role, you will report to Assistant General Counsel and are responsible for planning and executing a strategy to manage the day-to-day legal services functions for ADF and its subsidiaries.

The Corporate Counsel's client is ADF and the fiduciary duties and obligations of this position run strictly to ADF. All information obtained by Corporate Counsel, in that role, will be held in strict confidence except as required to be provided to the President, CEO and General Counsel, appropriate Executive Team members, and other Team members or Board Directors as required for the fulfillment of the position's official duties.


  • We are first and foremost a ministry : this is a calling for us!
  • Opportunity for promotion to Director of Legal Services with team leadership and building out this dept and function!
  • Every single person on the ADF team plays a critical role in changing history!
  • We care deeply for each other: we see grace at work within our team members.
  • 100% covered premium health and wellness benefits for employee AND family!
  • Maternity, Paternity and Adoption leave benefits.
  • Generous PTO plan
  • Very generous retirement plan with employer matching contributions
  • On-going Leadership training and development. Team building events and special holiday celebrations.
  • Corporate-wide Retreats!
  • Generous Relocation plan!


  • Assist with the strategic planning process and implementation of the duties and responsibilities of the Office of Corporate Counsel
  • Manage day-to-day legal services functions for the Office of Corporate Counsel
  • Proactively protect ADF corporate entities from legal and non-legal threats
  • Take lead counsel role in certain subject matter areas as determined by past experience and core competencies and provide supervision over other attorneys related to other subject matter areas. Possible subject matter concentrations include compliance, corporate governance, contracts administration, intellectual property, data protection, human resources, professional ethics, real estate, risk management, and taxation
  • Assist Assistant General Counsel in advising CEO and other executive leadership on legal/non-legal matters, existing and potential threats, and concerns to the ministry
  • Ensure proper support for all litigation or quasi-litigation matters directly or indirectly involving ADF corporate entities or officers as parties
  • Oversee research of unique legal issues impacting ADF by identifying applicable statutes, judicial decisions, and codes
  • Perform pre-litigation work for the ministry to minimize risks and maximize legal rights
  • Keep abreast of legislative changes that may affect ADF and its related entities
  • Advise ADF team leaders on legal matters in their areas of emphasis
  • Provide legal assistance to ensure all aspects of domestic and international ADF operations are compliant with relevant regulations and statutes
  • Draft and provide legal opinions at the request of ADF team leaders
  • Handle special projects assigned by Assistant General Counsel
  • Assist Church and Ministry Alliance efforts as directed by Assistant General Counsel

WHAT YOU NEED (Education, Skills / Background, Mission-fit):

  • EDUCATION : Bachelor's degree; Juris Doctor, licensed to practice law in relevant jurisdiction
  • BACKGROUND/ SKILLS : 5 to 10+ experience in a corporate legal practice. This role is outside the courtroom and focuses on internal areas for ADF (corporate governance) such as: taxation, employment, data protection, real estate, legal ethics, risk management, contracts, etc.). Should have expertise in at least two of the areas listed.
  • Has worked for a nonprofit law firm OR has served clients which are nonprofits
  • MISSION FIT: Must be aligned with the principles and issues for which Alliance Defending Freedom promote and defend (freedom of speech, freedom of religion, sanctity of life, traditional marriage, parental control over child’s education)
  • Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office, WordPerfect, and Westlaw software
  • Ability to do some light overnight travel in US and internationally.
  • Must reside near Lansdowne, VA office OR Scottsdale, AZ office OR can easily relocate to either (this role is ON-SITE, not remote)


  • Experience leading a team
  • Experience in international regulatory law helpful

AmPhil's Talent Solutions’ Team is honored to provide talent searches for top client organizations such as Alliance Defending Freedom. We are entrusted to be the first step in their interviewing & hiring process.

If you’re a match for this exceptional opportunity, please email your resume directly to Carmen Sapara, Managing Consultant, Talent Solutions: