Commercial Counsel at cleverbridge

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cleverbridge is seeking a self-driven, collaborative, and business-minded attorney to join our growing Legal team as Commercial Counsel. Client relationships are at the heart of our business at cleverbridge. This position is new to cleverbridge, reports to our General Counsel, and is located in our Chicago offices. 

The Commercial Counsel will lead negotiations on some of our most important and complex agreements, especially our agreements with new clients. We aim to create lasting partnerships with our clients. We need an attorney who can realistically assess the legal and compliance risks in a new agreement while also understanding how to think long-term and strategically. You will also be part of the Legal team’s ongoing work advising on product development, business strategy, and US operations. 

The ideal candidate is someone who has strong ethical and business judgment and a background in negotiating technology transactions. cleverbridge also has a fun and social environment, as well, so we are looking for a relationship-oriented person that will thrive in our casual culture. Prior experience in-house at a tech company is preferred. 

Your Responsibilities

  • Lead or co-lead the drafting and negotiation of a wide range of complex commercial agreements, including direct negotiations with clients
  • Respond promptly to contracting requests from internal clients
  • Constantly explore opportunities to create efficiencies in our sales and contracting processes and to improve the experience of prospective clients
  • Research issues on consumer protection, ecommerce, and tech law and apply that to our commercial contracts and product development
  • Draft internal legal guidance to senior business leaders on complex legal matters related to our contracts
  • Assist in developing and refining policies, templates, and other materials that will serve as a foundation for a growing legal department


Your Qualifications and Skills

  • J.D. from ABA-accredited law school and member in good standing of at least one state bar; Illinois strongly preferred
  • 4-7 years of substantive contract drafting and negotiating experience; international experience preferred
  • Sound understanding of the US and international e-commerce legal landscape
  • Positive, collaborative attitude and a willingness to do the big stuff along with the little stuff
  • Sharp business judgment and instincts, with an ability to advise quickly on business terms
  • Exceptional writing, communication, and analytical skills with attention to detail
  • Proven ability to multitask and juggle many high-priority tasks under deadline pressure

Note to external recruiters:
cleverbridge is not accepting accept resumes for this position from external recruiters. Please do not forward resumes to any recruiting alias or employee. cleverbridge is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

What we offer

We are offering a challenging and interesting opportunity with extensive responsibilities in a dynamic and fast growing company. Benefits include a generous 401(k) plan, flexible hours, health care, tax-free transit and more!

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • C#Languages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PHPLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • MySQLDatabases
    • OracleDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • Bit.lyAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • BasecampManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM
    • ExactTargetEmail
    • WhatCountsEmail
    • Oracle EloquaLead Gen


We have swanky penthouse digs in River North, just blocks from both Merchandise Mart and Grand station. Plus plenty of places to grab lunch or a beer!

An Insider's view of cleverbridge

What's something quirky about your company?

The nap room. A solid 10 minutes swinging in that hammock on your lunch break after a heavy meal really gets you energized for the rest of the day. Just don't mistake it for one of our Chicago movie themed conference rooms. The Dark Knight can be misleading. If napping isn't your vice, never fear! Beer buggy Fridays are always near!

Noelle S.

Customer Service Representative

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As a member of our sales team I rely heavily on collaboration. Obviously, marketing and sales work very closely together to help get our message out and bring leads in, but everyone plays a role in our success. Departments like design & development, legal & compliance, and finance all provide insights and expertise through the sales process.

Todd G.

Senior Sales Account Executive

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

When I started here, I was still, in a sense, trying to figure out what I wanted to "do" in my career. In my first year as a CS Rep, I had an opportunity to attend a six-week Introduction to Web Design, taught in-house by one of the designers. After the class ended, a position on the Front End team became available, I applied and got the job!

Andrea O.

Front End Developer

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

One-on-one meetings are one key aspect of being accessible to my team. I focus on listening more than talking and ask open-ended questions to understand what makes my team tick, professionally and personally. By identifying strengths and career goals, I can refer projects, tasks, and training in the future to better align with those ambitions.

Jessie A.

Director of Marketing Services

What are cleverbridge Perks + Benefits

Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
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