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Crowe LLP is seeking an attorney for a Counsel position within the firm’s Legal Department. Individuals at the Counsel position will review, revise, and negotiate professional services and technology-related agreements for the firm. Duties and responsibilities will expand as Counsel demonstrates a robust understanding of Crowe’s business and the ability to manage business risk.
Role and Responsibilities:
Draft and negotiate professional services and technology-related agreements, including master services agreements, engagement letters, confidentiality agreements, business associate agreements, SaaS agreements, data protection agreements, software licenses, subcontractor agreements, as well as related statements of work;
Develop a detailed understanding of Crowe’s professional service lines and technology products and their associated risks;
Review requests for proposals (“RFPs”) in order to identify areas of risk and advise partners and other business personnel on appropriate risk mitigation strategies;
Understand and apply professional standards that are relevant to specific service lines, including standards that apply to audit and tax services;
Learn and apply US and international privacy and data protection laws as well as information security requirements in the review and negotiation of client and vendor agreements;
Identify apparent and hidden risks associated with the task presented and collaborate to manage the risk;
Negotiate vendor agreements with an understanding of how the vendor will support Crowe’s business and the risks associated with the vendor’s services or products; and
Craft creative legal and risk management solutions to issues faced by both the firm and its clients.
Members of the Crowe Legal Department work in a high-volume, dynamic, and diverse environment with rapidly shifting priorities, focused on risk management and successful deal-making. This position will report to an Assistant General Counsel and have exposure to Crowe partners, management, clients, client counsel, vendors, and all Crowe business functions. Counsel must manage firm risk and learn general firm practices in a wide variety of areas. Counsel must also commit to learning Crowe’s multiple business lines and products at a detailed level.
A successful candidate will be a leader capable of developing and maintaining close working relationships with the firm’s other business leaders while effectively responding directly to demanding external client requirements. Initiative is required, as are strong negotiation skills leading to the successful closure of diverse transactions. The Crowe Legal Department manages a large volume of requests, and candidates will need the ability to manage a substantial workload with changing priorities.
Candidates must be well organized and able to meet deadlines, while possessing sound business judgment, discretion, flexibility, a willingness to learn, and superior writing and verbal communication skills. Candidates must be team oriented and unafraid of rolling up their sleeves to take on tasks as needed. Enthusiasm for learning new technology, including our contract management system, and strong knowledge of Microsoft Office are required. Preference will be given to candidates with technology, banking, or healthcare agreement experience. Additional experience that will be helpful for this role – but is not required – includes reviewing state or federal government contract requirements and assessing compliance capability; working in governmental, accounting, or financial regulatory sectors; and advising on a range of intellectual property matters as they relate to marketing, trade secrets, licensing, patents, and copyright.
Candidates must have at least three years of relevant experience in a law firm, government agency, or in-house counsel role and be admitted to a state bar in good standing. Candidates will be required to take and pass the Illinois bar, but Illinois admission is not a prerequisite. In the pandemic environment, you will be expected to work primarily from home. Once pandemic safety-related precautions ease, candidates will be expected to work three days per week in our Oak Brook, Illinois office, and may work at home or in our Chicago office during other days of the week.
The above statements are intended to describe the essential job functions and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties performed by personnel occupying this position.
About the Team:
Firm Risk Management (FRM): Among its many responsibilities are supporting compliance with professional and firm quality controls, providing legal counsel for the firm and conducting due diligence activities related to firm investments, combinations and acquisitions.
At Crowe, we know that great people is what makes a great firm. We value our people and offer employees a comprehensive benefits package.
We will cultivate your talent in an inclusive culture that values diversity. You will have the chance to meet on a consistent basis with your Career Coach who will guide you in your career goals and aspirations.
Crowe (www.crowe.com) is one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the United States. Crowe uses its deep industry expertise to provide audit services to public and private entities while also helping clients reach their goals with tax, advisory, risk and performance services. Crowe is recognized by many organizations as one of the country's best places to work. Crowe serves clients worldwide as an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the largest global accounting networks in the world. The network consists of more than 200 independent accounting and advisory services firms in more than 130 countries around the world.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 22398
About Crowe LLP
Your Journey at Crowe Starts Here:At Crowe, you have the opportunity to deliver innovative solutions to today’s complex business issues. Crowe’s accounting, consulting, and technology personnel are widely recognized for their in-depth expertise and understanding of sophisticated process frameworks and enabling technologies, along with their commitment to delivering measurable results that help clients build business value. Our focus on emerging technology solutions along with our commitment to internal career growth and exceptional client value has resulted in a firm that is routinely recognized as a “Best Place to Work.” We are 75 years strong and still growing. Come grow with us!
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