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Legal Counsel

Equinix

This is a Full-time position in Atlanta, GA posted December 23, 2021.

Equinix is the world’s digital infrastructure company, operating 200+ data centers across the globe and providing interconnections to all the key clouds and networks. Businesses need one place to simplify and bring together fragmented, complex infrastructure that spans private and public cloud environments.

Our global platform allows customers to place infrastructure wherever they need it and connect it to everything they need to succeed. 

We are a fast-growing global company with 70+ consecutive quarters of growth. Through our innovative portfolio of high-performance products and services, we have created the largest, most active global ecosystem of nearly 10,000 companies, including 1,800+ networks and 2,900+ cloud and IT service providers in over 26 countries spanning five  continents.   

A career at Equinix means you will collaborate on work that impacts the world and be surrounded by endless opportunities to learn new skills and grow in varied directions. We embrace diversity in thought and contribution and are committed to providing an equitable work environment that is foundational to our core values as a company and is vital to our success.  

We are more than lawyers protecting Equinix’s interests.

We are valued business partners, known as responsive, consistent and proactive.

We take customer service seriously and strive for excellence in our execution.

Equinix’s dynamic growth trajectory keeps us on our toes and constantly learning.

Our strong relationships with our internal clients, fueled by our solution-driven orientation and creative yet practical advice, bring us to the table “early and often” and lead to interesting and rewarding work directly in support of Equinix’s strategy.

Our global legal team may span 4 continents, but we are One Legal 
– a true team working together across borders in support of our shared strategic objectives.

We work hard but take time to celebrate our accomplishments – both professional and personal, with a healthy dose of fun thrown in along the way.

We look forward to coming to work each day to support Equinix and each other and highly value the “team first” culture we have created.

Equinix, Inc.

is the world’s digital infrastructure company and the globe’s largest data center and colocation services provider.

The Equinix One Legal Department, is a dynamic in-house legal team that processes all types of commercial and corporate matters and business contracts and issues relevant to the data center, colocation and platform industry.

We are currently searching for a Legal Counsel to join our Americas Commercial Transactions team.

The Legal Counsel Opportunity

Equinix is seeking a dedicated Legal Counsel to provide exceptional legal and business support to Equinix’s sales and product teams.

You must have a proven record of building highly successful business relationships.

You must bring a high level of enthusiasm to the support of the sales, customer success, channel and product teams, including the dedication to provide timely, accurate, and well-reasoned responses to queries from the business and successfully negotiate complex agreements with Equinix customers.

You must be able work with other in-house counsel, outside counsel, product team, and security team members on commercial matters.

It helps Equinix immensely if you also possess strong knowledge on data security, data protection, privacy, IP protection, and responses to customer demands and requests associated with those matters.

Expected Responsibilities:

• Draft, negotiate, and successfully close complex commercial agreements, including inbound and outbound technology licenses, digital services agreements, marketing agreements, sales and partnership agreements.

• Provide legal advice to team leaders and members with a thorough understanding of a SaaS business and the legal and regulatory environment that surrounds it.

• Directly work with our product managers and emerging services team to review new products, features, and other new uses of data to ensure compliance with applicable data protection laws and industry practice

• Draft, review, and support the commercial transactions team in negotiating data protection terms, and attend meetings with Equinix Privacy Office to educate and explain the company’s practice and compliance status to internal and external audiences

Requirements:

• J.D. degree from an accredited law school

• Membership in good standing of any US State Bar

• 4-6 years’ experience of proven commercial drafting and negotiation of complex commercial agreements, especially for other data center or technology related businesses

• Experience in working on privacy and data protection matters, including strong knowledge of global privacy laws including the GDPR and the states’ individual privacy laws and policies, is preferred but not a requirement.

• A consistent record of working independently with little direction in a fast-paced environment and taking initiative in client engagement to add value to client interactions.

• Possess great sensitivity, common sense, and creativity to solve potential business and legal issues

• Technical background in software products and development, SaaS, or cloud-based services industry and IoT, a plus.

• Manage critical projects on an ongoing basis, working independently and as part of a team

• Proactive, self-driven, motivated to learn, and goal-oriented

• Outstanding interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

• Must possess a sense of humor

• Comply with the Professional Rules of Conduct, and hold the highest standards of ethics and professional integrity

Benefits:

• Growth opportunities

• Competitive salary and stock options

• 401k plan

• Comprehensive medical, dental, and life insurance

• Competitive PTO policy

• Excellent work life balance

• Fun, collaborative, and energetic team environment with a pleasant office environment (Equinix is ranked highly among Best Places to Work)

At Equinix, we’re tasked with leading in the communities we serve — and doing our part to help keep our communities and our teams safe.

Our #IamSafeIBelongIMatter culture transcends and informs all we do.

In alignment with our culture, as well as our status as a U.S.

federal contractor, as of December 8, 2021, Equinix will be mandating all US-based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

If you are unable to get a vaccine due to a medical condition, or sincerely held religious belief, Equinix will consider exemption requests as an accommodation. 

Equinix is an equal opportunity employer.

All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.