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General Counsel (Charlotte, US)

Passport

Passport is seeking a General Counsel to join our senior leadership team and help lead all legal functions for the company. This individual should have a wide breadth of knowledge and understanding of applicable laws and regulations and must be business-minded, able to calibrate risk to support innovation while appropriately protecting the company, and make sound legal decisions based on data. Our top candidate will be someone who has previously demonstrated expertise in a legal leadership role, is a strong communicator across the organization, and has built and led a talented team.

Responsibilities:

  • Advising the senior leadership team and business units on a variety of matters such as governance, legal compliance, third-party partnerships, commercial contract negotiations, government procurement, privacy matters, payments regulations, and general legal guidance on matters relevant to the company operations
  • Lead all legal aspects of commercial contracts and technology transactions with third party partners, customers, suppliers and vendors; privacy and data security matters; labor and employment and litigation matters; legal operations; intellectual property; mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures and other strategic partnerships and investments
  • Provide legal advice in connection with new product development and market expansion, both domestically and internationally
  • Oversee, lead and mentor the legal team
  • Oversee the company’s IP portfolio and provide guidance on privacy, trade secret, copyright and patent matters
  • Managing the company's outside counsel relationships
  • Maintaining knowledge of the company’s operations and legal documents.

Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of experience in a lead counsel role
  • Strong academic credentials and J.D. from a nationally recognized and accredited law school
  • Active member in good standing of at least one state bar, preferably North Carolina
  • Strong drafting, negotiation and communication skills
  • Experience in building, managing and mentoring a legal team
  • Proficient legal experience in company valuations, venture capital financing, and M&A activities
  • Experience with corporate governance issues and corporate secretarial duties
  • Familiarity with data privacy laws and regulations, including data collection, use and transfer laws on a global scale
  • Excellent business judgment and critical thinking and ability to balance business needs with legal risk
  • Experience and comfort working with senior business management in connection with a broad range of corporate legal matters
  • Flexibility and willingness to quickly develop comfort with and offer advice on new or unfamiliar legal issues
  • Possess a high degree of business savvy, integrity, candor, intellectual curiosity, and self-motivation
  • Ability to provide sound guidance while juggling multiple (and sometimes conflicting) priorities between departments and business units
  • In-house experience with a high-growth company preferred
  • Familiarity with international law in regards to global business expansion and privacy matters is a plus

Passport sets cities in motion, helping to create more livable, equitable communities. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport is a transportation software company, delivering the operating system that enables cities to manage vehicle interactions with streets and sidewalks. With Passport, city leaders increase convenience, efficiency and compliance today and tomorrow. Trusted by more than 1,200 cities, universities and agencies, including Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Miami, Passport is one of the fastest-growing companies on the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists, and was named to Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2020.

 

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