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Senior Corporate Counsel

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Location: Pleasanton, California, United States
Job ID: 45437
Date Posted: Jul 22, 2020
Segment: High-Tech
Business Unit: Hitachi High-Technologies
Company Name: Hitachi High-Tech America, Inc.
Profession (Job Category): Legal
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full-time
Remote: No

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The Senior Corporate Counsel will participate in or be responsible for a variety of business-related legal projects and matters, which may include commercial transactions and business relationship documentation; international transactions; corporate governance; business tax; real estate; intellectual property; compliance; risk mitigation and management; export control and customs; employment and human resources; competition; etc. The Senior Corporate Counsel will work closely, on all such issues, with other Legal Department members and the management and staff of the Company and its subsidiaries, and will report to the Vice President & General Counsel. 


The Senior Corporate Counsel is expected to think and act strategically, innovate, and exercise seasoned judgment in a broad variety of matters. The Senior Corporate Counsel will support the legal needs of the Company and its subsidiaries by participating in or completing some or all of the following tasks (experience in all areas is not expected or required):


  • Draft, review, and negotiate various corporate and commercial agreements, including sales and purchase agreements, consulting agreements, distribution agreements, sales representative agreements, non-disclosure agreements, licensing agreements, manufacturing agreements, service agreements, and commission agreements.
  • Ensure all Company forms and negotiated documents comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Establish best practices and templates for use in general commercial matters and identify practical business solutions for “closing the deal” while avoiding and/or reducing legal risk.
  • Provide training to internal clients on the content of and compliance with the Company’s agreements and policies.


  • Draft, review, and negotiate various corporate and commercial agreements for the Company and its subsidiaries.
  • Coordinate with and manage outside counsel on a variety of legal issues.


  • Assist in corporate governance matters, including implementation and oversight of corporate policies for the Company and its subsidiaries.


  • Work with internal clients, outside tax counsel, and economists, and assist in preparing the following:

-        Advance pricing agreement applications, due diligence, and annual     reports;

-         Annual transfer pricing reports; and

-         Annual FIN 48 reporting.


  • Work with General Affairs to review office leases and related documents, such as estoppels and subordination and non-disturbance agreements.


  • Work with internal clients and outside counsel on intellectual property protection and licensing issues, and assist in the submission and maintenance of trademarks.


  • Implement and maintain written policies, procedures, and standards of conduct.
  • Conduct periodic risk assessments and response plans.
  • Conduct internal monitoring and auditing.
  • Respond to detected offenses by developing and coordinating corrective action strategies and reporting findings.


  • Assist internal clients with liability insurance coverage, risk prevention services, and claims management.


  • Advise and assist the Company’s Trade Compliance personnel with the implementation of export control policies and procedures, and training and advising of Company employees in export-related matters, including embargoed and sanctioned countries issues.


  • Provide advice and counsel to management and HR professionals on a broad range of employment issues including recruiting, hiring, employee relations, discipline and terminations, layoffs, internal investigations, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, contingent worker issues, separation agreements, benefits issues, workers' compensation, and compliance with applicable state and federal employment laws and regulations.
  • Identify practical solutions for avoiding and/or reducing legal risk.
  • Stay abreast of new employment and labor laws and trends, and report on them to Legal Department members, HR, and management, as appropriate. Conduct training programs on Company policies and new developments in the law.
  • Establish best practices and templates for use in employment related matters.
  • Support HR in the development and maintenance of affirmative action plans and programs, compensation analyses, and other employment law aspects of federal and state government compliance.


  • Stay abreast of competition and antitrust laws and trends, and report on them to management, as appropriate. Conduct training programs on Company policies and new developments in the law.



  • Experience in working on complex business relationships and transactions (from both a customer’s and a supplier’s perspective is a plus), and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines.
  • Understanding of and experience with an international sales and trading company and/or a Japanese company is a plus.
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and oral), with the ability to discuss legal subject matter with non-attorneys.
  • Excellent judgment, organizational skills, strategic thinking, and superior work product with proven attention to detail.
  • Ability to balance working independently with little supervision and working closely and collaboratively within a small legal team. A practical, pragmatic team player who recognizes the paramount importance of getting the problem solved and the matter closed.
  • Ability to interface effectively with all levels of the organization (executive management, HR, business divisions, etc.) and to gain the trust and confidence of others.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work extended hours when necessary to complete important projects in a timely fashion.

  • Juris Doctor degree from a top accredited law school.

  • 10-15 years relevant experience practicing business and corporate law; a combination of law firm and in-house experience is a plus.

  • California Bar membership.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office components (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) without the need for extensive administrative support.
  • Legally authorized to work in the US without employer sponsorship.

  • Near constant computer, mouse, and telephone work.
  • Some domestic and international travel required.
*Relocation will not be considered for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)-Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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