General Counsel at Toptal

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Job Description

About Toptal

Toptal is one of the most innovative and rapidly expanding tech start-ups from Silicon Valley. With backing from investors such as Andreessen Horowitz and Adam D’Angelo, our platform is the fastest growing labor marketplace in the history of the Internet—connecting thousands of elite engineers and designers all over the world. In the last five years, Toptal has become the #1 choice for tech companies requiring top-tier engineering and design talent and for the top 3% of freelancers looking for their next challenge.

While we’re primarily focused on bringing quality and value to our clients, we’re also committed to creating a world-class environment for our employees. We are a completely distributed company with thousands of core and network team members located all over the world, and we take the best elements of virtual teams and combine them with a support structure that encourages innovation, social interaction, and fun. We take an all-hands-on-deck approach to our work, taking pride in being collaborative, creative, and flexible.

If you aren’t looking for a job because you’re already killing it, we want you.

Position Description

As General Counsel, you will be responsible for supporting Toptal’s legal operations pertaining to business development, IP, and general corporate legal requirements. You will be a strong contributor who collaborates closely with the executive team and team members all over the world. As a business enabler, you will support efforts relating to enterprise sales, product, marketing, engineering, finance, HR, etc. While this is an individual contributor role, previous experience managing outside counsel as well as in-house General Counsel experience is required.

This is a remote position that can be done from anywhere.

Responsibilities:

  • Engage across the business as Toptal’s in-house General Counsel on legal issues and risks, complex deal structures, corporate policies and procedures, acquisitions, commercial deals, and intellectual property protection.
  • Recommend and implement policies to support scalability while reducing operational risk.
  • Create and implement templates for master service agreements, compensation plans, EULAs, etc.
  • Negotiate complex commercial terms and large commercial deals.
  • Work with team members to simplify complex legal language and negotiate and manage NDAs, master service agreements, and statements of work with enterprise clients.
  • Provide legal advice, opinions, and solutions regarding issues and risks relating to the ongoing and rapidly expanding business.
  • Manage and interface with outside legal counsel.
  • Anticipate and counsel Toptal management regarding potential disputes.
  • Drive legal and business strategies without losing sight of the day-to-day operations.
  • Provide thought leadership, strategic insight, and clear communication (written and verbal) to team members on strategy.
  • Be in constant communication with team members via Skype.

Requirements:

  • Admission to a U.S. State or the District of Columbia bar.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience across both law firm and corporate settings.
  • Significant experience working with venture-backed technology companies as their in-house General Counsel.
  • Experience structuring and advising clients on complex transactions, including master service agreements, statements of work, NDAs, licensing agreements, and partnership agreements.
  • Strong experience structuring, negotiating, and closing commercial terms and large commercial deals.
  • Experience negotiating commercial deals and commercial terms centered around services.
  • Experience dealing with global employment law, including independent contracting, stock options, compensation plans, and HR issues.
  • Excellent customer service (internal and external), interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • The ability to quickly master and integrate legal, business, technical, and practical analysis.
  • An extremely sharp eye for detail with exceptional business judgment and a knack for coming up with creative solutions.
  • The ability to support and scale in a fast-growing company with a focus on execution.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • You must be a world-class individual contributor to thrive at Toptal. You will not be here just to tell other people what to do.
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Required skills

Location

Anywhere

Commitment

Full-time

Desired Start

Tomorrow

View the whole team →WHO YOU WILL WORK WITH

  • Breanden has been an engineer, founder, CTO, and consultant in industries ranging from aerospace to financial services to high tech. He has a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, where he was previously asked to speak at TEDxPrincetonU, giving a talk on time optimization and resource management. As a Toptal co-founder, Breanden frequently writes about scaling a hyper-growth and distributed company, and he has been featured on the blog of Tim Ferriss, The Huffington Post, and many others. Having been on both sides of the hiring equation as an engineer and team lead, Breanden combines his technical expertise and management experience to ensure that clients, developers, and team members at Toptal continually strive for excellence as the company rapidly scales.
  • With experience as a lead engineer at Fotolog (acquired by Hi-Media for $100m) and Slide (acquired by Google for $228m), as well as experience with his own start-ups, Taso brings top engineering knowledge and management experience to Toptal. While running a small engineering consulting firm, Taso recognized that while many of his co-workers overseas were just as good as his friends and colleagues at Google, Facebook, and other companies with distinguished engineering talent, it was simply very difficult for such companies to connect with the right engineers remotely. Toptal was thus created as a solution to the sky-rocketing demand for top engineers in Silicon Valley, the US, and Europe despite the shrinking local graduation rates of such engineers. Taso was recently selected by Forbes as one of its 30 under 30 in Enterprise Technology.
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