Commercial Counsel – US Remote

Roles open in: Boston, San Francisco, Chicago

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Department Legal

Employment type Employee

Commercial Counsel – US Remote

DEPT® is a fast-growing pioneer in technology, creativity, and data. We’re a global, digital agency that offers the full range of digital services to our clients. We are leading the disruption of the growth marketing industry by turning our clients into market leaders and household names across the B2C, B2B, ecommerce, and FinTech verticals. Our goals are simple: happy employees and happy clients.  We know that making our employees happy and letting them focus on doing good work leads to happy clients. Are you looking to join a team and a company where you feel truly integral to the company’s success? Are you a tech-savvy self-starter with excellent attention to detail? Do you ask “why” just because you want to learn more? We are seeking Commercial Counsel to join our North American Legal team! 

Why DEPT®?

One of our mottos is “big enough to cope and small enough to care.” Big enough to cope means we have the resources to provide you with things like top notch equipment and software to get your job done, good compensation, and benefits. Small enough to care means each local team works how they see most effectively and treat clients right.  We're doing all of this as a fast growing, global company and with that comes a lot of excitement.  You have the opportunity to get in and help us build a world class digital agency.

We pride ourselves in treating our employees like adults.  We hire curious, self-driven, high performers, and trust they will do their jobs well. We allow for flexible work times and have unlimited PTO.  We want you home in time for dinner, the baseball game, or just to relax. Moreover, as a B Corp certified company, we’re also passionate about purpose-driven work so you can feel good about the contributions you make.Here are some of the things we believe in:

  • Collaboration; great communication is the key to any project
  • Intellectually curious; we're constantly learning and evolving through guild meetings, lunch and learns, conferences, continuing education, and practice
  • You have a meaningful life outside of work, and we’re here to support that—not the other way around

What will your day be like? 

We’re looking for someone who views contracts as the key to building successful relationships and growing a business. Our Commercial Counsel will have responsibility for both customer and vendor contractual matters in the United States and provide the company with legal advice on business agreements.  This role requires an individual with personal confidence, strong collaboration and communication skills, and legal acumen. We prefer you have an understanding of digital services and technology development and we’re happy to teach you the specifics of our business if you have a strong business-minded approach to how you practice law.  In addition, the role will require sound judgment and decision making, sometimes with limited information and tight timeframes.  

What you’ll do: 

  • Drafting, reviewing, and editing agreements, including but not limited to, MSAs and SOWs for new clients, SOWs and amendments for existing clients, DPAs, SaaS agreements, vendor agreements, consulting agreements, and leases
  • Negotiating agreements with counterparties (both clients and vendors) and effectively representing the company
  • Building relationships with business-team counterparts and identifying ways to improve and evolve contracting language as needed
  • Managing the company’s existing and new contracts in collaboration with the Contracts Manager
  • Approaching existing processes with curiosity and develop improvements where appropriate
  • Maintaining and continuously improving the company’s contract/agreement templates
  • Partnering with the General Counsel to handle commercial disputes and issues as they resolve; providing guidance to the business in navigating such disputes and issues
  • Providing legal advice to all levels of the company’s management, as needed
  • Keeping abreast of GDPR, CCPA, and other similar data security and privacy legislative changes that affect the company
  • Maintaining professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, and participating in professional societies and strategic events
  • Working with external parties as needed (subject expert counsel, etc.)

What we’re looking for:

  • Strong legal experience with contract negotiation and review, familiarity with data privacy laws
  • Ability to move quickly yet efficiently to protect risk while maximizing turn-around time
  • Knowledge of applicable statutes, rules, and regulations pertaining to Dept’s business and its states/countries of operation
  • A high level of deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, complex problem-solving, critical thinking, and information analysis skills are essential to defining and solving issues. Must be able to make decisions even when insufficient information is available
  • Experience with creative production contracts (music licensing, talent agreements, video production agreements) a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to encourage and build mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among all Dept team members
  • Strong focus on treating everyone at Dept as a client, and treating Dept’s clients with respect and a win-win problem solving demeanor
  • Ability to predict and prevent legal issues and risks
  • Effectively represent the organization as appropriate in its relationship with legal and business communities
  • High professional and personal standards with unquestioned integrity 


A Juris Doctor degree from accredited law school, as well as retention of appropriate state license(s). 


Location preference is Chicago, Illinois, but qualifications and fit with Dept are more important than location.

What do we offer? 

  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision coverage
  • Matching 401(k) plan
  • Unlimited PTO days 
  • 11 paid company holidays
  • Parental leave
  • “Hybrid” work – the opportunity and the flexibility to work in the way that works best for you, whether that be in the office, remote, or a mix of the two
  • A people-first culture with a relaxed environment. We like to say we treat people like adults here, meaning we trust your judgment and your ability.
  • Dedicated professional development hours
  • Monthly lunch and  learns, in which you can share everything from more info about a favorite tech stack to general interest and hobbies
  • A paid-for trip to Amsterdam for our legendary annual company celebration, DEPT®Fest. A whole weekend of keynotes featuring an incredible lineup of speakers, not to mention evenings filled with amazing music, drinks, food, and the chance to mingle with coworkers from all over the world.

About DEPT®: DEPT® is a pioneering technology and marketing services company that creates integrated end-to-end digital experiences for brands such as Google, KFC, Philips, Audi, Twitch, Patagonia, eBay and more. Its team of 2,500+ digital specialists across 30+ locations on 5 continents delivers pioneering work on a global scale with a boutique culture. DEPT® is committed to making a positive impact on the planet and since 2021 has been Climate Neutral and B Corporation certified.


We are passionate about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and our decision to choose you is based on qualifications, merit, and business need. DEPT® (and any company that is a part of DEPT®) is committed to prohibiting the discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, national origin, religion, mental and physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military and veteran status, and other characteristics protected by federal, state or local law. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability or religious observance, please contact us at [email protected]


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