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Counsel, American Media Inc.

(Part-time / Independent Contractor in New York, NY)

Responsibilities include:

  • Prepublication review of magazine and online content including stories, posts, photos, audio, and video
  • Advice on libel, privacy, newsgathering, copyright, and other intellectual property rights\
  • Investigate and respond to complaints and queries
  • Conduct legal seminars for staff
  • General legal advice to editors and publisher, as well as to writers, fact-checkers, and contracts department
  • Work 3 days a week in the NY office with flexible schedule.

Required experience:

  • Minimum two years as a litigator and/or conducting prepublication for a national newspaper, magazine, network, website, book publisher, and/or in a firm's media group
  • Experience in libel, newsgathering, privacy, reporter's privilege, and First Amendment matters
  • Knowledge of copyright, trademark, and intellectual property rights, including digital rights

Please send resume and cover letter via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Posted September 15, 2017

Deputy General Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for an experienced, collaborative, and forward-thinking Deputy General Counsel to join us in seeking to make the world’s knowledge accessible to all. The Foundation is the nonprofit that supports Wikipedia, one of the world's most popular and beloved sites, as well as a diverse, global community of volunteer editors, developers, and affiliate organizations. The Deputy Counsel will support the General Counsel in leading the organization’s legal department. In addition to providing legal services, the legal department’s proactive litigation, education, and public policy work advances the Foundation’s mission in areas including freedom of expression and access to knowledge.

The Deputy General Counsel will be a hands-on leader with management experience, who will help to oversee and develop a highly talented and collaborative team of 9 lawyers and 2 paralegals, along with a number of fellows and interns. The Deputy Counsel will also work closely with the executive team and other key Foundation leaders across departments and functions.

We are looking for expertise and experience covering a range of legal topics relevant to our work, with a particular focus on advising consumer-facing internet/digital companies and the ability to oversee our technology transactions and product counseling.


  • Advise the General Counsel and executive leadership team.
  • Work collaboratively with the General Counsel and legal department staff members to define a strategy for the legal department within the Foundation and Wikimedia movement. Help set priorities and build the infrastructure to deliver on that strategy.
  • Work with the General Counsel to develop and lead a strong, diverse, and collaborative team serving Foundation administrative needs, programmatic goals, and the Wikimedia movement:
    • Oversee the work of various workflows and manage assigned lawyers; mentor junior staff. 
  • Provide strong transactional support and product counseling for engineers/technologists; this will include direct counseling, as well as negotiation and drafting of complex commercial, technology, open source, mobile, and other agreements.
  • Provide advice and counsel on other areas of the law, which, depending upon our needs and your experience, may include domestic and international copyright law, licensing, litigation strategy, employment, freedom of expression and access, or privacy/security.
  • Be an effective and clear communicator on relevant legal topics and developments for Foundation staff, affiliated organizations, and users, editors, and developers globally.


  •  7+ years experience practicing law and advising a digital technology or internet company (e.g., as in-house counsel), preferably consumer-facing and with global reach. 
  • Significant experience in product counseling and the negotiation and drafting of commercial, technology, and other types of agreements relevant to a web-based company.
  • Significant management experience.
  • Comfortable in a highly collaborative, multi-cultural, transparent environment.
  • Ability to assess and manage serious risks.
  • Mission-driven with a public service orientation and high personal integrity.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, a free and open internet, to the open source and free culture movements, and to Wikimedia’s mission.
  • Excellent written, verbal communication skills; fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Able to prioritize and adhere to deadlines, complete projects independently and manage costs and budgets in a busy environment.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed, including attendance and speaking at conferences.
  • Licensed or eligible to practice law in California or immediately able to apply to become registered in-house counsel.
  • J.D. from accredited U.S. law school or equivalent foreign degree with significant U.S. legal experience.


  • Interest in public policy.
  • Experience working with free culture or free software principles and values.
  • Experience in international law, particularly: copyright, privacy, freedom of expression.
  • Experience living or working outside of home country.
  • Fluency/proficiency in language(s) other than English.
  • Active participation as a Wikimedia volunteer.
  • Experience with large, online user communities.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted September 13, 2017

Counsel, Penguin Random House, New York

Penguin Random House is looking for a bright, proactive, business-minded and self-motivated attorney to join its legal team in New York. This position will interface directly with Penguin Random House's publishing teams, counseling clients on various legal and commercial risks related to media, intellectual property and technology issues. The ideal candidate will assist the Legal team's efforts to partner strategically with the publishing teams and act as a general advisor and consulting resource for Penguin Random House and its various business groups and publishing divisions.


  • Conduct pre-publication review of non-fiction and fiction books and associated promotional materials
  • Counsel clients on intellectual property matters including copyright and trademark, and media-related matters including defamation, privacy, access and other First Amendment issues
  • Work on a variety of media related matters, including claims handling and litigation support
  • Assist in and ultimately work independently on the review, drafting and negotiation of a variety of contracts including licensing agreements, consulting agreements, vendor agreements, and technology agreements, as needed
  • Provide prompt advice and counsel to business units and senior management on wide array of legal and business issues, including business risks, contract interpretation, and other issues
  • Assist the General Counsel on corporate governance issues and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions
  • Support the Legal team in addressing new or special projects consistent with the evolving needs of the business


  • J.D. from a top A.B.A. accredited law school. Admitted and member in good standing with the bar of the State of New York
  • Minimum 4-6 years of relevant in-house law department and/or law firm experience (in-house experience a plus)
  • Exceptional writing, drafting and communication skills
  • Highly analytical with exceptional business and legal issue identification, intellectual creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Practical, business-oriented and creative problem solver who is able to deliver clear, strategic advice to clients in a timely manner
  • Ability to operate autonomously while being a team player who brings a positive, "can do" attitude to the workplace and works collaboratively with other members of the Legal team and with clients
  • Results-oriented with excellent time management and work prioritization skills
  • Must be flexible with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Detail-oriented, organized, efficient and resourceful with strong follow-through skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills & the ability to work effectively with employees at all levels and establish strong client relationships

To apply for this position, click here.

Posted August 31, 2017

Counsel, Associated Press, New York

The AP seeks a junior-to-mid level transactional corporate counsel for its New York City headquarters.

If you have experience in transactional licensing, this is a great opportunity to work for the most trusted source of independent news and information in the world. The position reports into the SVP/General Counsel.

Key responsibilities include:

  •  Structure, draft and negotiate agreements covering the production, acquisition, licensing, marketing and distribution of content in various formats, across all media and licensing of software and media-related services.
  • Collaborate with senior attorneys at AP on intellectual property matters, including responding to and pursuing legal claims relating to use of IP-protected content and advising internal client on other IP related matters.
  • Assist in review and negotiation of local office real estate leases.
  • Work with business development teams to develop legal structure relating to new products and draft template agreements.
  • Act as legal liaison to internal business groups, and liaison to outside counsel as directed by the general counsel.
  • Provide legal advice to internal business clients on a broad range of business and legal matters including intellectual property, commercial transactions, antitrust and regulatory compliance.
  • Train business and sales personnel about legal best practices regarding contracts, intellectual property and other relevant subject matter.
  • Review, streamline and coordinate technology purchase and services agreements.
  • Collaborate with legal department colleagues on a variety of legal and regulatory issues including privacy, security and corporate governance matters.
  • Undertake special projects as directed by general counsel and senior attorneys.


  •  J.D. from an accredited law school;
  • Licensed to practice and in good standing with any state bar and authorized to practice in New York;
  • Four to five years’ experience;
  • In-depth knowledge of contract and general corporate law, intellectual property rights, licensing, and related regulatory matters required;
  • Familiarity with copyright, privacy, defamation and other legal issues integral to contracts entered by media licensing companies;
  • Proven track record for cultivating strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders;
  • Prior experience with a media-related organization is a plus;
  • Ability and desire to expand knowledge and competencies to grow with the company’s diverse needs and initiatives;
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English language is required;
  • Authorization to work in the United States for any employer is mandatory.


  • Media industry experience
  • Real estate experience
  • Spanish language proficiency

For more information and an application, click here.

Posted August 9, 2017

Counsel, NBCUniversal News Group, New York

The position, Counsel, NBCUniversal News Group, will provide legal support for NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and the NBC Owned Stations Division.


  • Conduct pre-broadcast and pre-publication review of news programming and support news-gathering activities.
  • Counsel clients on issues related to intellectual property, access, defamation, privacy, FCC regulations and other areas.
  • Conduct training sessions for journalists.
  • Negotiate and draft production and related agreements.


Basic Qualifications

  • Member of New York bar.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience, including substantial experience in media law and intellectual property.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be willing to work in New York, NY and occasionally on evenings and weekends.
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.

Desired Characteristics

  • Excellent oral and written presentation and analytic skills.
  • Must be able to work with numerous and varied clients, establish strong client relationships and handle multiple matters in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize and exercise sound business judgment.

To Apply

Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through www.nbcunicareers.com to be considered.

NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

Posted July 27, 2017

Corporate Counsel, New York Public Radio, New York

New York Public Radio is seeking a legal generalist in our growing company. The Corporate Counsel will advise on a wide variety of issues associated with a prominent non-commercial content producer and 501(c)(3) organization, with a particular focus on legal work for launching and supporting WNYC Studios productions. The position will support both the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel. Applicants must have a strong practically-oriented and business-minded approach, and must be able to work independently with staff from outside the legal department. This role will report to the Deputy General Counsel.


  • Structure, draft, and negotiate a range of contracts, including as related to original audio content production, licensing and distribution
  • Counsel internal stakeholders and provide clear, straightforward analysis on legal compliance, in particular with respect to original content production
  • Coordinate with other departments including business and finance to ensure smooth processes and communications in quick-moving transactions
  • Ability to quickly learn unfamiliar areas and respond to changing needs based on the growth of the organization

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities

  • Exceptionally strong drafting, negotiation, and organizational skills
  • Persistence, patience and clarity in communications, especially in corresponding and interacting with non-legal staff
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to effectively interface with a broad range of personalities


  •  J.D. (required)
  • Admission to and good standing with the New York State Bar (required)
  • Minimum four years commercial or transactional experience at a law firm or in-house (required)
  • Experience in media, intellectual property, entertainment, and /or not-for-profit law (strongly preferred)

Please submit a cover letter expressing why you are interested in this role and in joining New York Public Radio along with your salary requirements and resume.

New York Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites and encourages qualified applicants from all walks of life.

Posted July 27, 2017

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The Litigation Group of the NBCUniversal Law Department seeks a recent law school graduate for a full-time one-year clerkship in New York beginning in August. The group represents and advises NBCUniversal’s broadcast, cable and digital businesses. We have a wide-ranging case load that includes First Amendment and other media issues, intellectual property, cybersecurity, employment and general commercial matters. We handle much of our litigation in-house and operate much like a small, busy law firm that happens to work on some of the most interesting legal issues in media. Our clerk can expect brief-writing, legal research, fact-gathering, and helping to prepare for court hearings, arbitrations and depositions. As the year goes on, our clerk may take broader responsibility in smaller matters, under the supervision of the experienced litigators in the group. We seek a candidate with strong writing skills, an excellent academic record, significant legal research experience, and demonstrated interest in litigation and the media industry. Journal or moot court experience is a plus. The position is located at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Compensation is $27/hour for 40 hours per week.  Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States for the entire term of the clerkship. Please submit résumé and cover letter by June 10, 2016, by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We expect to begin interviewing candidates in mid-June and to extend an offer by early July. No telephone calls or hard-copy applications, please.
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