Senior Corporate Counsel

7 days left

Fairfax, Virginia
Oct 08, 2019
Nov 25, 2019
Full Time
Dewberry is a leading, market-facing professional services firm with more than 50 locations and 2,000 professionals nationwide. What sets us apart from our competitors are our people. At Dewberry, we seek out exceptional talent and strive to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients. Whether you're an experienced professional or a new graduate, you'll have the chance to collaborate with the best and brightest and work on innovative and complex projects at the forefront of the industry. Our commitment to excellence stems from our personal integrity and from other defining attributes, which we call "Dewberry at Work," that have inspired our employees to be successful for more than a half-century.

Senior Corporate Counsel

Renders legal advice and recommendations for action to executives and management regarding complex contractual liability, risk and other matters which have or may have a significant impact on business activities and operations. This position combines a knowledge of design/construction industry contracts both public sector (federal/state/local) and private sector and sound business acumen and knowledge of the business objectives as they relate to the matter at hand. This position operates under general direction of General Counsel.


  • Generates company standard contracts and related documents, as needed, for upstream, downstream and horizontal contractual relationships.
  • Possesses deep knowledge and proficiency with design/construction industry contracts for both public and private sector projects, including federal procurement.
  • Trains professional staff in areas of responsibility.
  • Handles contractual risk management of liability, insurance and other key terms for complex project delivery, including design-build, public-private partnerships, construction management at risk, and construction management agency.
  • Understands professional practice licensure requirements for design professionals, general contractors and subcontractors.
  • Possesses deep knowledge of contractual risk and liability issues and how to address them.
  • Advises on insurance and bonding as relates to design and construction projects.
  • Negotiates matters of some complexity.
  • Consults with outside legal counsel and advises leadership on legal strategies and options.
  • Manages outside legal counsel services effectively and efficiently, including the scope, schedule and fees for each matter.
  • Maintains a comprehensive network of professional relationships in multiple jurisdictions and legal areas of expertise.
  • Must align with and adapt to company culture.
  • Gathers relevant case related information, including researching applicable legal authority, and capable of using multiple sources and methods to accomplish the assigned legal and business objectives.
  • Supports the Legal group in one or more other areas beyond contracts, as assigned, such as corporate governance, employment, compliance, litigation management and mergers and acquisitions, with growth in responsibility in other areas expected.
  • Produces policies, procedures and standards for compliance with requisite laws, as directed by General Counsel.
  • Assists other corporate services groups, Contracts in particular, in developing solutions to problems presented.

Required Skills & Required Experience

Minimum Requirements:
  • 10+ years of relevant experience in a combination of law firm and corporate settings.
  • Conversant with construction industry contracts (i.e., Consensus Documents, DBIA, EJCDC, AIA, AGC) for public and private sector services for both design and construction.
  • Requires minimal supervision to handle responsibilities.
  • Experience in areas beyond contracts, such as compliance, employment law, litigation management, corporate governance or mergers and acquisitions.
  • Superior communications skills.
  • Adept researcher.
  • Must be member of the bar in good standing in at least one state.

Preferred Characteristics:
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results through multiple paths.
  • Proven ability to effectively and efficiently manage outside legal counsel services.
  • Organized and detail oriented.
  • Knows how to build and implement new systems and processes.
  • Takes responsibility for own actions and visibly supports senior leadership team and its agenda.
  • Focused on solutions and results.
  • Demonstrates strong work ethic and highly responsive to internal clients.
  • Possesses both sound judgment and strategic/tactical thinking skills
  • Superior people skills.
  • Exemplary integrity.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Ability to influence at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to quickly establish credibility and respect and build strong relationships at all levels of the organization.
  • Possesses strong industry knowledge and network.

*At this time, Dewberry will not sponsor a new applicant for work authorization.

*Dewberry is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.

*Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report. These screenings will be conducted by Dewberry's background vendor of choice and will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local law.


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