Corporate Counsel / Senior Corporate Counsel

The Opportunity

We’re looking for a badass. Someone who wants to help fast-paced startups scale rapidly, build a ‘generalist’ skill set as a lawyer, and yet still devote time and energy to his or her other passions as well.

Founded in 2017 by Sean Butler, Emergent Law is a new kind of legal team that brings an operator’s perspective to the legal function for startups that don’t yet need a full time GC but that understand the value of business-driven legal counsel. The team has been growing since then, and it’s time to bring on another set of hands in order to keep pace with client growth trajectories (and to generally increase the sophistication of the snarky banter in our Slack workspace). The vision is simple: to build one of the best in-house legal teams in Silicon Valley and bring that value to a cadre of clients at various stages of growth. We’re not looking to hire an “associate;” we’re looking for the third full-time member of our growing legal team, just as if we were in-house at an emerging growth company.

The bulk of Emergent’s clients are venture-backed startups—primarily enterprise SaaS companies—between their Series A and Series C rounds of financing across a range of industries, from security to cloud infrastructure to drone detection. These clients are funded by top tier investors like NEA, IVP, Felicis Ventures, First Round Capital, Redpoint Ventures, Menlo Ventures, and Intel Capital. These companies are working hard to develop their technology and build their customer base—and they’re looking to Emergent to support that growth.

The work is exactly what you’d expect if you were to join a new in-house team at a venture-backed startup. A primary focus is supporting the Sales function, but we cover most other bases as well: from vendor contracts and supply chain management, to employment issues, privacy, security, and beyond. You’ll be on the front lines supporting colleagues across the organizations, from the executive staff to individual contributors. The only difference is you’ll get to do this not just for one company but for several. That means the pace of learning and the level of execution required are increased accordingly. 

The other part of Emergent’s mission is to protect the environment by supporting the growing rights of nature movement. So if you’re interested, you’ll have the option to get involved with this cutting-edge environmental work as well, through writing, assistance with community organizing, and evangelizing.

Requisite Background

We’re looking for a very particular professional profile:

  • J.D. from a top 50 law school;
  • Mid-level attorney with a minimum of four(-ish) years of experience working with venture-backed technology companies either/both at a firm or in-house;
  • With a transactional focus—either corporate/securities or technology transactions.

This candidate needs to be disciplined, driven internally to succeed, and capable of participating effectively in front-line decision-making with the operators at our clients. Solid communication skills and business acumen are essential: the candidate MUST be able to reduce a complex analysis into a digestible format in five sentences or less. For the reals. What’s more, he or she needs a solid risk tolerance, a willingness to take a position on an issue, and an awareness that legal risk pales in comparison to most of the other risks our clients face—and to be able to contextualize his or her advice accordingly.

The Details

This is a full-time job, but it can be done remotely. The current team lives in various locales throughout the US and travels a couple times a quarter (a few days each trip), primarily to the San Francisco Bay Area as that is where the bulk of our clients are located. If you live in the Bay Area and want to stay, great. But a huge value proposition this position affords is the ability to live wherever you want to, as long as you have a phone, an internet connection, and reasonable access to an airport (high-end coffee will be drop-shipped to wherever you’re located).

You can expect a very engaged but flexible work environment. Responsiveness is obviously important, but we’re human, and so are the clients with whom we work. Peeling away to attend to your personal life and non-professional passions is not only expected but encouraged.

You can also expect a significant amount of professional development. Opportunities for building your skillset abound just based on the nature of the work we do. What’s more, coaching and mentoring is a regular part of the job. We’re passionate about helping each other become better lawyers–and better people.

This is also very much an entrepreneurial gig. Every one of our clients is smack in the middle of one major growth phase or another, and our counsel has to be tailored accordingly. Moreover, Emergent is also very much in grow-mode. Some amount of business development will be necessary (but it’s pretty low-key).


  • 100% coverage of employee healthcare benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • 50% coverage for dependent healthcare benefits
  • 401k Plan with partial employer match
  • Supplemental life insurance, short/long-term disability, AD&D, etc.
  • 4 weeks PTO plus company holidays
  • company-provided laptop
  • Snacks for your home office

Next steps

If this sounds like an amazing opportunity to you, please click here to answer a few questions and submit your resume. Selected candidates will go through an initial phone screen (or two) after we collect a critical mass of applications. The next phase will be in-person interviews with me and colleagues from a handful of clients. Finalists will go through one more round of in-person interviews with two or three executives.


Emergent Law, P.C.
Sequim, WA
San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Contact details

Phone: (415) 265-2905

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