Corporate Counsel

Date: Oct 11, 2021

Location: Columbus, OH, US, 43202

Company: American Chemical Society

CAS uses intuitive technology, unparalleled scientific content and unmatched human expertise to help companies create groundbreaking innovations that benefit the world. As the scientific information solutions division of the American Chemical Society, CAS manages the largest curated reservoir of scientific knowledge, and for 114 years, has helped innovators mine, assess and apply that information to keep businesses thriving. The CAS team is global, diverse, endlessly curious and strives to make scientific insights accessible to innovators worldwide.


CAS is currently seeking a Corporate Counsel.  This position will be located in our headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.




  • Ability to influence, persuade and negotiate while taking into account legal considerations and business goals
  • Detail oriented, with a practical approach to solving complex legal problems; ability to organize, prioritize, and manage projects effectively in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively
  • Ability to communicate with colleagues at various levels of the organization (support functions to executive team) in a plain and simple manner
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision while delivering results that meet or exceed expectations
  • Enthusiasm for learning with a proven ability to gain competence quickly and independently


Education & Experience:


  • J.D. from an accredited law school
  • At least 5 years of relevant in-house or law firm experience (combination of both preferred)
  • Experience advising and counseling clients and drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements
  • Experience drafting and negotiating information technology and licensing agreements is a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel




Reporting to the Managing Corporate Counsel, the selected candidate will provide ongoing business and legal guidance and risk analysis.  The selected candidate will also collaborate with cross-divisional teams and executive management on strategic business initiatives and internal operations.


This business-focused role requires creativity, a solution-oriented mindset, and the ability to handle sophisticated transactional matters.


Key responsibilities and areas of focus include but are not limited to:

  • Negotiate and draft a wide variety of commercial agreements with an emphasis on information technology and licensing and redistribution of CAS intellectual property assets
  • Negotiate and draft a variety of domestic and international agreements such as services statements of work, software and hardware license agreements, partnership agreements, content acquisition and distribution agreements, confidentiality agreements, contractor and consulting agreements, and other general business contracts
  • Serve as the legal lead for structuring and negotiating strategic collaborations and partnerships between CAS and other organizations
  • Work cross-functionally with business clients to draft contract terms, provide business-focused solutions and ensure agreements reflect strategic goals and mitigate risk for CAS
  • Build relationships with executives, project teams, and peers across CAS
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the CAS portfolio of products and services and its customers, market and competitors



CAS offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including a generous vacation plan, medical, dental, vision insurance plans, and employee savings and retirement plans.  Candidates for this position must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by our company for this position now or in the future.  EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran

Nearest Major Market: Columbus

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