Associate General Counsel

Legal Santa Clara, California


Description

Gigamon is the leading network visibility and analytics company and has been rated #1 in the network visibility market for the last 6 years. Gigamon is the essential element that bonds with our customers’ entire network ecosystem to enable our customers to run fast, stay secure and innovate. 

Associate General Counsel

We are looking to add a key member to round out our small (you will be the 6th person) Gigamon legal team, reporting directly to our General Counsel.  We’re looking for an experienced (more than 5 years), practical commercial lawyer who has experience with and wants to dive into all aspects of commercial activity -- software licensing, support of product, engineering and manufacturing functions, and all kinds of vendor agreements.  This is a sophisticated, senior individual contributor role: you will be able (and encouraged!) to mentor and help teach others on the team; however, our team is small and the org is flat.  You will not have your own team of direct reports, so if that’s an important consideration to you, this job is not for you.

Hard working, team player who enjoys a fast-paced environment.  Our legal team is supportive and gets the job done.  We work closely together. You need to be comfortable working directly and collaboratively with internal clients and external counterparties.  Because we are a small team providing legal work for hundreds of employees, you have to be willing to roll up your sleeves to help your team members, even if it’s outside your immediate job responsibility.  Because we are a small team supporting a growing company, we work longer hours than some big company legal departments.   

A combination of “project ownership” mentality, roll up your sleeves “can do” attitude, and the ability to work collaboratively and take input.  The Gigamon legal department is not siloed from the business functions, and we believe that good legal advice requires a deep understanding of our business and operational issues.  We work on a range of issues without the support infrastructure that in-house counsel at large companies often enjoy.  Intellectual curiosity and good peripheral vision are important. If you prefer taking a back seat or working on one specific thing, you won’t be happy in this position.  You must be able to juggle and prioritize appropriately.  We work collaboratively, and so you must welcome feedback and enjoy the give and take with colleagues. 

Experience with technology.  Our solutions are technical – a combination of hardware, on prem software and SaaS software.  If you have a background in engineering or computer science, that is a plus.  At a minimum you need to be interested in learning about our technology and business.

Sense of humor.  We take our work very seriously but try not to take ourselves too seriously. 

Ambitious….in a good way.  This position is a good launching pad for someone who wants to be a General Counsel of a private company in 5 years.  Not that we want you to leave Gigamon (!), but we are training sophisticated licensing lawyers to develop the breadth and practical business-orientation needed to manage the legal function of a growing company.  That said, as stated above, this is an individual contributor role – you will not be managing a team, but you will be working collaboratively with colleagues on deals.

Minimum qualifications. 

  • JD with membership in at least one state bar
  • 5 – 10 years of relevant commercial experience either in a technology company or at a top law firm
  • Strong problem solving, drafting and communication skills
  • Great personal UI; High EQ
  • Need to reside within an acceptable daily commute to our Santa Clara, CA headquarters (no San Francisco or Oakland-based candidates, please).