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Corporate Counsel

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Corporate Counsel provides legal advice and counsel on multiple subject matter issues to internal partners at all levels within the company’s various business units and supports day-to-day initiatives as well as long-term strategies. The role is also responsible for drafting, reviewing, revising, and negotiating a broad range of corporate and commercial agreements including collaboration, services, licensing, consulting, research collaboration, and data-related agreements.

Key Responsibilities

  • Identify legal issues raised by business colleagues, research new legal issues, and provide advice in a manner that integrates legal risk management with FMI's business objectives.
  • Draft, review, revise, and negotiate a broad range of corporate and commercial agreements including, but not limited to, collaboration, services, licensing, consulting, research collaboration, and data-related agreements.
  • Manage multiple subject matter issues across diverse areas of the company, taking the initiative to identify appropriate subject matter experts and coordinating overall review.
  • Act as a partner to business colleagues in considering, developing and executing initiatives relating to FMI products and services.
  • Advise on all elements of commercial law (including contract interpretation, dispute resolution, and complex legal risks).
  • Counsel internal partners in the negotiation of corporate or commercial agreements, including participation in the negotiation process.
  • Provide training to business colleagues on complex legal matters.
  • Appropriately triage a heavy workflow, set clear priorities and expectations with clients, and efficiently deliver results.
  • Operate with limited supervision on moderately complex projects.
  • Independently discern and establish priorities.
  • Develop and maintain strong business relationships across the company and contribute to cross-functional or departmental projects.
  • Support the Legal Team’s efforts to effectively manage the delivery of legal services.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor degree
  • Admission to any state bar association in the United States
  • 3+ years of progressive legal experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of experience at a top-tier law firm
  • Experience in-house at a life sciences company, healthcare company, or relevant governmental agency
  • Significant experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a broad range of corporate and commercial agreements, including but not limited to collaboration, services, licensing, consulting, research collaboration, and data-related agreements
  • Experience with complex collaboration, services, and licensing agreements
  • Understanding of HIPAA and the importance of privacy of patient data
  • Understanding of healthcare regulatory law (e.g., healthcare fraud and abuse laws) and its applicability to a commercial organization
  • Understanding of FDA promotional and advertising guidance applicable to a medical device manufacturer
  • Prior professional experience advising business partners at all levels of an organization
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize numerous, and sometimes conflicting, requests for assistance and offer superior service in a timely, thoughtful and complete manner
  • Proven ability/interest in working across a broad range of subject matter areas
  • Track record of successfully influencing business outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • balance a variety of projects with deadline pressures and limited supervision
    • establish and maintain strong relationships within FMI’s business and Legal teams
    • engage professionally with colleagues at all levels, including external partners, and to influence outcomes through effective leadership skills
    • work in a dynamic, evolving and fast-paced work environment, with the confidence and abilities to work independently
    • work well under pressure while maintaining a professional demeanor
  • Strong legal research and analytical skills
  • Strong presentation skills, along with the ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Sound legal and business judgment with the ability to identify and escalate legal issues when needed
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex issues in a clear way
  • Well-organized with strong planning skills, and extremely high attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to be a solutions-oriented and a collaborative team player
  • Understanding of HIPAA and importance of privacy of patient data
  • Demonstrating of integrity and a commitment to values held at FMI: Patients, Innovation, Collaboration, and Passion



Please be aware that Foundation Medicine mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location. Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.


About Foundation Medicine

Foundation Medicine, Inc. (FMI) began with an idea—to simplify the complex nature of cancer genomics, bringing cutting-edge science and technology to everyday cancer care. Our approach generates insights that help doctors match patients to more treatment options and helps accelerate the development of new therapies. Foundation Medicine is the culmination of talented people coming together to realize an important vision, and the work we do every day impacts real lives.

Confidence, or the belief that we need to check every box before applying for a job, can sometimes hold us back from going after a role that inspires us. At Foundation Medicine there's no such thing as the 'perfect' applicant, and our company is a place where every employee can make an impact and continue to grow whatever background they may have or path they may have taken. So, as long as you meet the basic qualifications for a role, please apply if you see a position that would make you excited to come into Foundation Medicine every day and help us transform cancer care.

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