Corporate Counsel (JB ID1869)

Location: Santa Clara, CA

Department: G&A

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced


Corporate Counsel

Come join us at Big Switch Networks, the next-generation data center infrastructure software company that is disrupting the $50+ BB networking market by delivering hyperscale-inspired networking, which provides any enterprise with the same levels of innovation and benefits. Born out of the pioneering research at Stanford’s “Clean Slate” lab that invented software-defined networking (SDN), we are backed by leading VCs including Index, Khosla, Morgenthaler, Redpoint, and Intel Capital. Imagine working at an "awesome" company, where you can make a significant impact to our mutual growth. Big Switch was positioned as a Visionary in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Datacenter Networking, is a Glassdoor 2018 “Best Place to Work” and for the last two years has been a Wealthfront “Career Launching Company”. What are you waiting for? 

Position Summary

The Corporate Counsel will be a highly qualified, team-oriented transactional attorney who will provide contracts drafting, negotiation, as well as general commercial advice and regulatory compliance support, particularly with regard to partner and vendor relationships. We are looking for a high performer who is adaptable, loves to learn and operates with a high degree of integrity. Success at Big Switch Networks requires a roll-up your sleeves, “get it done” attitude, lots of initiative, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with lots of change and ambiguity. This position is an Individual Contributor and reports to the Head of Legal Affairs. 


  • Support Big Switch Networks' U.S. Sales, Channel, Partner and Marketing organizations in structuring commercial transactions, along with reviewing, drafting and negotiating a range of commercial agreements such as distribution agreements, statements of work, service agreements, license agreements, contractor agreements, and confidentiality agreements.
  • Advise management and business teams on aspects of law in commercial transactions and related matters, including data protection and privacy.
  • Assist in optimizing contract templates, drafting global corporate policies and processes, ensuring regulatory requirements are adhered to and developing training materials on relevant topics such as the contracting process, data privacy and legal compliance in the sales and contracting processes.
  • Support the legal department’s efforts in developing, drafting, and negotiating all aspects of vendor contracts, and developing and implementing improvements for vendor contracting process.
  • Summarize technical & non-technical information to key stakeholders and executives to facilitate an understanding of contract scope, nuances, deviations, key terms, and acceptance of contract.
  • Supervise trademark application process and ensure compliance with trademark usage guidelines.
  • Ensure that commercial transactions are conducted in compliance with applicable export laws.
  • Assist in defining and developing corporate policies, procedures and programs along with maintaining legal records and templates across corporate databases.


  • Strong professional judgment, practicality, and client service focus.
  • Proactive and able to work efficiently, prioritize workflow, meet demanding deadlines, and manage multi-dimensional projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent analytic and communication skills, with ability to act on best information available and not wait for absolute certainty.
  • Strong judgment, attention to detail, interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated teaming ability to work well with, influence, and inform diverse groups, including peers and clients.
  • Able to effectively deal with high-volume, rapid cycles, multiple assignments, concurrent deadlines, and changing priorities.
  • Able to anticipate potential problems and develop mitigation strategies in advance.
  • Takes initiative and accepts personal responsibility for work, attention to detail and ability to embrace ambiguity.
  • Team attitude that no job is too big or too small.
  • Talent for finding creative solution in confronting new issues and pursuing novel approaches to old problems.

Education / Experience:

  • JD (Member of California Bar)
  • BS/BA Degree (required)
  • 1-2 years of experience in technology industry (software preferred)
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (required)
  • Experience with Salesforce (preferred)


This position will be based out of our headquarters office in Santa Clara.

Big Switch Networks, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a proactive program of affirmative action and diversity development. Big Switch Networks, provides equal opportunity in all of our employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, military, veteran or VEVRAA protected veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, and local laws.

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