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Senior Legal Counsel in Westlake Village, CA at J.D. Power

Date Posted: 2/24/2018

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Job Description


Bewhere the voice of the consumer meets the value of the brand. At J.D. POWER,you’ll be at the heart of commerce, working for a worldwide leader whoseintelligence and insights are shaping the way people sell, and the way peoplebuy.


Location: Westlake Village, CA

Reportsto:Associate General Counsel

KeyGoal of this Position:

  • Provide legal advice and support to all levels of the organization, including senior management at J.D. POWER.
  • To provide oversight, counsel and tools to handle J.D. POWER’s global portfolio of syndicated, proprietary, certification and other “business-as-usual” agreements and issues relating thereto, including; creation, review, analysis, negotiation, execution and enforceability. Manage and provide oversight and advice on J.D. POWER’s portfolio of agreements.
  • Review, negotiation, drafting and other support in connection with strategic agreements in the areas of M&A, alliances and vendors/suppliers.
  • Work with J.D. POWER’s management in developing, maintaining and adjusting sales and licensing policies, including ad claims.
  • Responsibilities for helping manage the J.D. POWER Intellectual Property portfolio (including patents and trademarks).
  • Support to HR regarding employment related issues and as appropriate, liaising with outside counsel.
  • Create standard form agreements for new and existing products, addressing legal and business concerns.
  • Provide guidance to and support of the operational function of the Department to enhance efficiencies.
  • Ability to learn and be flexible in operating within a small legal department.


  • Draft and negotiate agreements client, vendor and strategic agreements 65%
    • Draft and negotiate a variety of agreements, which agreements include customer agreements related to J.D. POWER’s licensing and provision of services (syndicated, proprietary, certification, consulting, vehicle evaluations, etc.) and content acquisition by J.D. POWER as well as related and ancillary agreements, such as confidentiality, marketing and click thru agreements.
    • In collaboration with the other members of Legal Department and applicable members of the business teams, work on strategic alliances and draft and negotiate other agreements across J.D. POWER that assist the business in its day-to-day operations.
  • Data and Security and Privacy, including Compliance-related matters 10%
    • Work with J.D. POWER’s management in developing, maintaining privacy and data security policies around access to J.D. POWER’s proprietary data, information and analysis, with a goal toward meeting J.D. POWER’s growth objectives while minimizing J.D. POWER’s legal and regulatory risks.
  • Management of Intellectual Property Portfolio 10%
    • Manage and provide oversight and advice on J.D. POWER’s portfolio of syndicated, proprietary, certification and related agreements, including customer/subscriber agreements, NDA’s and other client and vendor agreements.
    • Review and analyze legal and contractual issues related to J.D. POWER’s intellectual property rights, third party rights and obligations and risk allocation.
    • Ensure that appropriate legal protections and provisions are contained in J.D. POWER’s agreements, including in relation to any regulatory requirements, so as to minimize J.D. POWER’s legal and business risks.
    • Provide support for permissions and other requests relating to J.D. POWER’s studies, reports and other publications.
    • Assessment and management of proper filings, including trademark and patent registrations.
  • Support to HR 5%
    • Provide legal support for HR and employment related matters
    • An ability to develop basic knowledge of employment law, from employee handbook interpretation, wage hour issues. Counseling and advice regarding anti-discrimination claims.
  • Policies and procedures 5%
    • Work with J.D. POWER Finance, Senior Management and Interim General Counsel to implement and enforce policies and procedures to ensure an efficient and effective contract, HR and privacy/data security processes.
    • Develop and formalize procedures for the resolution of legal, business and related contract issues and communicate established procedures to sales and business personnel.
  • Involvement / Leadership 5%
    • As needed by the Legal Department and Senior Management at JD Power, involvement/leadership in a variety of projects, including due diligence activities related to possible acquisitions and divestitures, archiving, risk assessments and other projects as needed.


  • Candidate must have a law degree, be a member of the California bar and have 5-10 years of combined private practice and in-house experience with (at least some exposure) in the following areas of practice: contract/corporate law, intellectual property, risk management, data security and privacy and employment law.
  • Ability to work with all levels within the organization, both legal and non-legal personnel.
  • Excellent organizational and communications skills.
  • Proven track record of creative resolution and the ability to make wise decisions under pressure.

Who We Are

Since1968, companies around the world have trusted J.D. Power to generate and gatherthe consumer insights that illuminate and inform business success. At J.D.Power we amplify the voice of the consumer, and help brands improve the valueof their products and services. Together, these principles empower everyone inthe global commerce ecosystem, enabling better purchase decisions – and betterbusiness results. Beyond our proven process, J.D. Power’s strength is itspeople. They offer diverse disciplines, talents, and expertise, but share onecommon goal: to generate growth and long-term value for our clients. Ourscientists, Ph.D. level statisticians and methodologists, ensure our researchmeets the highest scientific quality standards and provides advancedstatistical support. J.D. Power represents the science of customer satisfactionin any language, to consumers and businesses worldwide. 


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