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Legal Counsel, Springer Nature

The Legal Counsel functions as part of an integrated global team with the opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of Springer Nature both regionally and globally. Reporting to the Head of Legal (North America), this role supports the development of best-in-class internal legal support for North America as part of a proactive and agile licensing, publishing, and commercial team. The Legal Counsel also plays a crucial role in collaborating with colleagues in the global legal organization to support Springer Nature businesses and functions through a legal business partner approach. This role also has the potential to expand over time to include counseling editorial team on publishing matters and support for other segments of the business.


  • Play an essential role in working with the Senior Legal Counsel to support the drafting and negotiation of license agreements for North American customers.
  • Support the US Sales team on site licensing to public and private institutions. Provide support in connection with the sales and licensing workflow globally.
  • Review, draft, negotiate and advise on a broad range of commercial contracts, in consultation with internal stakeholders and the Head of Legal, which could include agreements for the acquisition and exploitation of intellectual property rights (including a variety of publishing contracts).
  • Be an influential, trusted advisor and legal business partner to Springer Nature businesses by providing commercial and strategic advice sensitive to the company’s global business strategy.
  • Provide advice at all levels of the organization, at both an executive and operational level, which is accessible, commercially sensitive, and technically strong across a full range of legal issues (e.g., commercial contracts, intellectual property, data privacy, licensing).
  • Contribute to the Legal team’s strategy and knowledge development.
  • Any other duties that can reasonably be expected or defined by the Head of Legal.

Experience, skills, and qualifications:


  • Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Admitted Attorney & Member in Good Standing of New York State Bar or admitted to any State bar and licensed as in-house counsel in New York
  • A minimum of 3+ years experience at a law firm or in-house with general corporate/commercial/IP matters
  • Strong commercial awareness
  • The ability to manage organizational change
  • The ability to foster alignment and influence decision making
  • Good legal research, analysis, and drafting skills
  • The ability to provide clear, accurate, and consistent advice
  • Efficient, rigorous, and well-organized, with good attention to detail and persistence in problem-solving
  • Self-motivated team player that is comfortable with some autonomy
  • Excellent communication (verbal, written, and presentation) skills with an open, direct communication style and willingness to engage in constructive debate
  • Willingness to take on multiple responsibilities and the ability to multi-task and work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • High level of integrity and strong professional ethics


  • Publishing and media law, including copyright, defamation, rights of privacy and publicity, internet, and social media, an advantage but not required
  • Language proficiency in German and/or Spanish is a plus but not required
  • State and Federal contracting experience is a plus but not required

For more information and to apply, click here.