The Knowledge Management & Innovation Attorney manages and leads the development of core legal content for our Technology Transactions Practice, including by coordination of know-how support and driving process improvement initiatives to effect innovative delivery of legal services. At Fenwick & West, we aim to combine legal excellence with operational efficiency – and the Knowledge Management & Innovation Attorney is central to delivering on this proposition. The candidate would be an integral member of both the Fenwick & West Knowledge Management (KM) team and the Technology Transactions Practice (TTG), working closely with other KM & Innovation Attorneys, KM Managers and collaborating with practicing attorneys to facilitate delivery of legal services to the Firm’s clients. This is a highly self-motivated and client service driven individual, who works closely with Firm leadership in aligning on knowledge management through drafting and updating of forms and exemplars and executing on strategic initiatives of the practice.
The candidate should have extensive experience in intellectual property licensing, drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements in technology transactions including experience in some or all of the following: drafting and negotiating intellectual property licenses (including patent licenses); joint development agreements; collaboration and other strategic alliance agreements; technology licenses and services agreements (including software as a service agreements); distribution agreements, technology transfers, IP aspects of corporate transactions and counseling clients on one or more related legal issues (such as copyright law or privacy, anti-trust or other regulatory issues).
The candidate should also be interested in exploring legal innovation for knowledge management, striving to be a thought leader in this area. This position can be based in our Mountain View or San Francisco office.
In coordination with practice area expert lawyers: drafting form agreements, creation of processes for updating and managing standard forms, creating and collecting internal memoranda on practice legal issues and practice process checklists and identifying work product precedents (exemplar documents) in coordination with TTG leadership and subject matter experts. This will be a substantial part of the role during the first twelve months;
In coordination with the KM Director, initiating and coordinating legal knowledge management projects, databases and systems;
Coordinating with the IT Department and other KM team members regarding content management and access systems; and
Training and assisting TTG members in use of the Firm’s knowledge management tools and information resources; coordinating with peers in other practice areas to exchange best practices in knowledge management resources developed by each area; and monitoring and sharing with TTG members recent, relevant legal developments and current market practice developments and trends.
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
Highly experienced in MS Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint);
Knowledge of Inter/Intra/Extranet technologies, particularly for legal-specific uses (portals);
Knowledge of HotDocs, ContractExpress or other document assembly applications;
Curiosity, and a desire to continually learn and grow, including regularly absorbing new information about the Firm’s legal practice, business practices and the industries and technologies of our clients;
An aptitude for learning new systems and procedures quickly;
Exceptional written and oral communication skills and leadership skills;
Highly organized, efficient and extremely detailed oriented;
Ability to keep your cool in a demanding environment (a sense of humor helps, too!)
Entrepreneurial self-starter who can work collaboratively with others;
Excellent project management skills;
A desire to be the best at what they do;
A passion for continuous improvement and practice innovation; and
Not afraid of change and familiar with design thinking process.
The ideal candidate will have 8 to 10+ years of a top tier US or International law firm experience as a Technology Transactions/IP Licensing Associate with emphasis on emerging technology company representation, including some or all of the experience described above, or not fewer than 5 years law firm experience and 3 or more years of in-house experience as a technology transactions lawyer in a multi-lawyer technology company legal department. JD or LLB required.
To be fully considered for this position, please apply directly online: http://www.fenwick.com/pages/Careers-Professional-Staff.aspx
Internal Number: R330
About Fenwick & West LLP
Fenwick & West is a top-tier law firm with an open and inclusive culture. With more than 300 attorneys and 400 employees in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle and New York, we work with companies on the cutting edge of technology, life sciences and cleantech. For more than four decades, our Firm has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders. We are proud to have been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area for the twelfth year.