Microsoft Corporation Attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina

Microsoft Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA) has an immediate opening for a dynamic, motivated and experienced attorney to support the company's cloud computing, software licensing and consulting services businesses within U.S. Enterprise Commercial sales team. Ideally, this role will be based in Charlotte, NC. Other locations may be considered for the right candidate.


Key responsibilities

Transactional and Digital Transformation Support:

  • Draft, negotiate and advise business clients relative to complex cloud computing deals, strategic alliances, software licensing, consulting services, product support, teaming, non-disclosure, & other agreements with major U.S. commercial customers and partners

  • Localize and develop model standard agreements and clauses for future deals in the U.S. region

  • Manage and coordinate legal matters handled by external counsel for large commercial deals

Cloud Strategy Development:

  • Provide strategic advice on newly emerging Information Technology business models including Internet of Things (IoT) and Digital Transformation

  • Provide strategic advice and guidance on rapidly changing privacy and security regulatory issues impacting Microsoft products and services


Minimum Qualifications

  • Law degree (JD, LLB or equivalent) from accredited US law school with excellent academic credentials

  • Admission to and in good standing with the state bar of at least one U.S. state

  • At least 4 years of experience as a transactional lawyer in-house and/or at a law firm with experience in cloud computing, software hosting, systems integration, or other complex services engagements, especially those involving software and other intellectual property

  • Strong analytical and drafting skills

  • Command of spoken and written English

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and PowerPoint

Ideal experience

  • Strong experience in negotiating information technology agreements with large enterprise commercial and/or government entities

  • Extensive experience of advising on data protection issues and privacy laws, intellectual property, and IT services

  • Understanding of cloud software security issues

Desired personal attributes

  • Highly motivated self-starter with demonstrated ability to work efficiently, meet demanding deadlines and manage competing priorities in a fast-paced sales environment with minimal supervision

  • "Team player" who enjoys partnering with cross-functional teams to solve complex issues in a highly matrixed environment

  • Service-oriented individual who addresses business requests for legal advice promptly and crisply

  • Demonstrates sound judgment in ambiguous situations

  • Understands business issues and has a pragmatic, commercial orientation

  • Inquisitive and curious - enjoys learning new technical concepts, tackling cutting-edge legal issues and thrives on change

  • Possesses impeccable oral and written communication skills

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to .