Commercial Counsel, Applied AI

OpenAISan Francisco, CaliforniaFull TimeRemote

About OpenAI

OpenAI is an AI research and deployment company dedicated to ensuring that general-purpose artificial intelligence benefits all of humanity. AI is an extremely powerful tool that must be created with safety and human needs at its core. OpenAI is dedicated to putting that alignment of interests first — ahead of profit.

To achieve our mission, we must encompass and value the many different perspectives, voices, and experiences that form the full spectrum of humanity. Our investment in diversity, equity, and inclusion is ongoing, executed through a wide range of initiatives, and championed and supported by leadership.

At OpenAI, we believe artificial intelligence has the potential to help people solve immense global challenges, and we want the upside of AI to be widely shared. Join us in shaping the future of technology.

About the Team

OpenAI’s Legal team plays an indispensable role in achieving OpenAI's mission by navigating cutting edge legal issues in the field of AI. If you care deeply about doing meaningful and novel work as a technology lawyer, this is the place for you.

About the Role

Our Applied AI team is responsible for the safe development and commercialization of OpenAI's innovations. The Commercial Counsel, Applied AI, will lead commercial legal initiatives for this team and projects across the company, as needed. This role will report to the Associate General Counsel, and engage regularly with leaders on technical, product, and commercial teams.

In this role, you will

  • Help lead the commercial legal function for OpenAI, with a focus on operationalizing and scaling legal support for OpenAI’s commercialization and partnership efforts.
  • Draft, review, and negotiate commercial and licensing agreements with customers, vendors, and partners, and manage regulatory, compliance, and operational issues that arise.
  • Partner closely with technical, product, and commercial teams to proactively manage risks, identify legal issues and drive decision-making.

You might thrive in this role if you

  • Have at least 4-8 years of legal experience at a technology-focused law firm and/or reputable technology company.
  • Have significant experience with drafting and negotiating complex licensing and commercial agreements.
  • Proficiency with IP, product, privacy, and/or regulatory issues is a big plus.
  • Have a strong sense of ownership, are inquisitive and enthusiastic about technology, enjoy being continually challenged, and can demonstrate sound judgment in ambiguous situations.
  • Have a JD degree and a license to practice in California

Benefits and Perks

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family
  • Mental health and wellness support
  • 401(k) plan with 4% matching
  • Unlimited time off and 18+ company holidays per year
  • Paid parental leave (20 weeks) and family-planning support
  • Annual learning & development stipend ($1,500 per year)

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. This position is subject to a background check for any convictions directly related to its duties and responsibilities. Only job-related convictions will be considered and will not automatically disqualify the candidate. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodations via

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