Senior Commercial Counsel at Quora
Mountain View, CA, US

The vast majority of human knowledge is still not on the internet. Most of it is trapped in the form of experience in people's heads, or buried in books and papers that only experts can access. More than a billion people use the internet, yet only a tiny fraction contribute their knowledge to it.  Quora’s mission is to share and grow the world's knowledge, and we're building a world-class team to help us achieve this mission.

About the Team:

Quora’s legal department is dedicated to achieving our mission to democratize knowledge. As a member of the team, you will be working on a variety of innovative legal issues across the entire company in a fast paced and exhilarating environment. We apply a pragmatic, creative, and thoughtful approach when providing legal advice to our business teams.

About the Role: 

We are seeking a business-oriented senior commercial counsel with experience negotiating a range of commercial and technology agreements to join our growing team. The role will involve cross-functional work and the ability to wear many hats in a consumer internet company.

Responsibilities:

  • Commercial Agreements 
    • You will review, analyze, negotiate, and draft and a wide range of commercial and technology transaction agreements for business transactions including software, content licensing, IP, technology, partnership, service, events, and other commercial contracts
  • Data Protection Compliance 
    • You will help architect and implement the strategy for privacy compliance with strategic partners and vendors
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration 
    • Maintain current and up-to-date knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and standards and its effect on business risk. Interpret contract and policy language with a business-driven, nimble and responsive approach to managing risk
    • Draft and maintain templates, policies, and playbooks to increase efficiency and managing legal and business risk
    • Contribute to general team and organizational operations, including taking on special projects and helping out with other functions, as necessary and time permitting

Minimum Qualifications:

  • JD with strong academic credentials and active membership in at least one U.S. State bar
  • At least five years at a law firm or in-house experience with a focus on technology transactions and commercial contracts 
  • Deep substantive knowledge in contracts and complex operations involving technology, IP, data/privacy (GDPR, CCPA, etc.), and other unique risk factors
  • Ability to frame complex legal, compliance, and regulatory issues for non-experts and to anticipate and face legal and technical challenges integral to transactions
  • Indomitable integrity and a strong work ethic in a dynamic environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Comfortable learning new technology both for internal process efficiency and with respect to commercial transactions
  • Pragmatic, detail-oriented, organized, and able to work independently and collaboratively across diverse teams, including managing competing priorities and client expectations
  • Excellent verbal, written, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Passionate about figuring out how to practically optimize for risk
  • Passion for Quora's mission and goals


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.