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Senior Counsel, NBCU News Group

The NBCUniversal News legal team supports NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, E! News, and the news divisions of NBC’s local owned television stations and Telemundo. The News lawyers work closely with journalists and editorial leaders to provide timely, practical, and strategic advice in support of our journalism and growing news business.

The Senior Counsel will advise on a broad range of legal issues related to journalism, with a primary focus on media and intellectual property law.   

Job Duties

  • Guide journalists working across all platforms – including linear television, streaming, digital, social and audio – in support of daily news programming, perspective and analysis, investigative reporting, documentaries, entertainment and lifestyle, true crime, financial journalism, and unscripted programming
  • Conduct pre-broadcast and pre-publication review
  • Advise on:
    • Newsgathering and access issues
    • Legal and regulatory issues related to sponsorships, integrations, commerce and other revenue-generating editorial content
    • Pre- and post-publication threats and challenges
    • Copyright and other intellectual property matters
  • Respond to subpoenas and other third-party requests for information
  • Craft and deliver legal training for the newsroom
  • Implement and counsel on News Group policies that protect our integrity, accuracy, and independence
  • Monitor legal developments affecting the press and freedom of speech
  • Partner with specialist lawyers across NBCUniversal’s Legal Department on litigation and other matters
  • Contribute to an inclusive, collaborative, and creative team culture


Basic Requirements

  • 7+ years of relevant legal experience, including experience advising clients on media law and publication issues
  • Law degree from an ABA-accredited law school or comparable educational institution in the relevant jurisdiction.  Member in good standing of the State Bar of New York, or another State Bar and registered as in-house counsel

Desired Characteristics

  • Strong knowledge of media law and ethics
  • Ability to:
    • Counsel journalists in a fast-paced environment
    • Partner with journalists to deliver compelling stories
    • Give clear, succinct, and practical legal advice that enables broadcast and publication
  • Passion for news and press freedom
  • High level of integrity and professionalism
  • Strong writing, analytical, and problem-solving skills

Additional Requirements

  • Must be willing to work in New York, NY
  • This position has been designated as hybrid, generally contributing from the office a minimum of three days per week
  • This position is eligible for company sponsored benefits, including medical, dental and vision insurance, 401(k), paid leave, tuition reimbursement, and a variety of other discounts and perks. Learn more about the benefits offered by NBCUniversal by visiting the Benefits page of the Careers website. Salary range: $165,000 – $200,000 (bonus eligible)