Moody's Corporation Associate Counsel in New York, New York

Associate Counsel


The Role / Responsibilities:

Moody's has an immediate opening for a junior attorney to work within the IP, Technology and Contracts Group of Moody's Legal Department. The successful candidate will be responsible for negotiating, drafting, and counselling business clients regarding different types of procurement agreements, including professional services, training and consulting engagements, staff augmentation agreements, data licenses, software (and software-as a service) agreements, hardware purchase agreements, data transfer agreements, data center agreements, and a variety of other general commercial contracts.

The candidate will also review transaction documents to help resolve questions about contract interpretation and disputes. The candidate may assist in providing advice to business clients on Internet-related legal issues including cloud computing issues, copyright and fair use issues, online user agreements, social media, and e-commerce. Some familiarity with international data privacy and security laws in the context of commercial agreements is desirable. The candidate may also assist with traditional intellectual property enforcement issues, particularly with respect to copyrights.

The job requires working closely with the company's Procurement and Sourcing Group, Information Security Group, Risk Group, Tax Department, and business lines to incorporate legal and business requirements into agreements. Experience drafting and negotiating commercial contracts is required. Experience managing multiple deals and other tasks simultaneously is essential.

Negotiating and drafting consulting, professional service, staff augmentation, training, copyright, licensing, and other types of vendor agreements to procure products and services
Negotiating and drafting data and software licenses, cloud computing agreements, data centre agreements, software-as-a-service agreements, and hardware purchase agreements with vendors
Reviewing transaction documents, and preparing intra-company service agreements
Providing pre-litigation legal support regarding commercial contract disputes, including arising from vendor audits, conducting investigations as necessary
Advising business clients on enforcing intellectual property rights such as trademark and copyright, and avoiding infringement of third party intellectual property
Advising business clients on intellectual property and technology related legal issues including compliance with data protection and privacy laws, online and email marketing rules, terms of use and similar online terms, social media, and e-commerce
Managing outside counsel where support is needed on the foregoing issues



NY qualified lawyer in good standing
Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school in the US.
At least 3 years of relevant experience drafting and negotiating a wide variety of technology and procurement agreements either in an in-house legal department or law firm
Knowledge of substantive intellectual property law
Experience working in a team environment and strong interpersonal skills
Ability to handle a large volume of work and balance competing demands of numerous clients under time pressure
Ability to effectively communicate complex issues to business clients
Pro-active self-starter with a demonstrated ability to work efficiently



Working at Moody's

Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $3.6 billion in 2016, employs approximately 10,700 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 36 countries. Further information is available at

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