21 days old


Human Rights Campaign
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
  • Job Type
    Corporate Counsel
  • Job Status
    Full Time

We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ people, to join our team.

Position Summary:

This position works in the office of the General Counsel and will interact with and support various groups across HRC. The primary focus is on addressing and managing all of the organization’s intellectual property needs as well as providing other contract review, drafting and negotiation, and legal advice and counsel.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Support the intellectual property needs of HRC across the organization:
    • Draft, negotiate, and review a broad range of complex intellectual property agreements, including licensing, assignments, and corporate co-ventures
    • Manage HRC’s trademark and copyright portfolio
    • Oversee enforcement of HRC’s intellectual property; draft cease and desist letters, trademark oppositions, and demand letters
    • Conduct clearance of communications and retail content
    • Provide IP-related staff training and education
    • Advise HRC’s teams on any legal issues involving trademarks, copyrights, advertising, social media, and IP-related compliance and enforcement
  • Draft, negotiate, and review a broad range of contracts and agreements on behalf of the organization
  • Provide legal advice and counsel on a variety of legal issues
  • Advise on legal risks and liabilities associated with the organization’s strategic priorities
  • Research, anticipate, and advise on unique legal issues for the organization
  • Draft policies and procedures
  • Provide organization-wide training on legal topics
  • Support HRC’s General Counsel’s office other functions, as needed
  • Manage outside counsel as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


Position Qualifications/Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 3 years of experience working at a law firm and/or in-house legal department
  • Candidates with substantially more than 3 years of experience will be considered for the senior counsel level
  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Admitted to practice and in good standing in at least one U.S. state bar (D.C. preferred)
  • Strong IP (trademark, trade dress and copyright), licensing, enforcement, and contract background required; experience with trademarks and copyright portfolio management a plus
  • Experience drafting licensing agreements, assignments, and other corporate/IP contracts
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, along with ability to communicate with others at all levels of the organization
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships across all business units
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, high activity environment
  • Ability to think creatively to provide business-oriented solutions that limit legal risks
  • Commitment to LGBTQ rights is required

**Must provide cover letter, resume and writing sample.**

All positions at the Human Rights Campaign may require travel on a regular basis or periodically. Where the need arises for business travel, appropriate compensation as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply.

No phone calls, please. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to queries about application status. 


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