Position Information

Corporate Counsel

Location: New York-New York   Expertise: Legal
Position ID: 10057331   Level of Job: Manager
# of Openings: 1   Type of Job: Full-time
Certification: None   Job Category: Legal
Education: J.D.   External Expiration Date: 8/22/17

Opened Date:              5/4/17


The AP seeks a junior - to -mid level transactional corporate counsel for its New York City headquarters.

If you have experience in transactional licensing, this is a great opportunity to work for the most trusted source of independent news and information in the world.  The position reports into the SVP/General Counsel.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Structure, draft and negotiate agreements covering the production, acquisition, licensing, marketing and distribution of content in various formats, across all media and licensing of software and media-related services.
  • Collaborate with senior attorneys at AP on intellectual property matters, including responding to and pursuing legal claims relating to use of IP-protected content and advising internal client on other IP related matters.
  • Assist in review and negotiation of local office real estate leases.
  • Work with business development teams to develop legal structure relating to new products and draft template agreements.
  • Act as legal liaison to internal business groups, and liaison to outside counsel as directed by the general counsel.
  • Provide legal advice to internal business clients on a broad range of business and legal matters including intellectual property, commercial transactions, antitrust and regulatory compliance.
  • Train business and sales personnel about legal best practices regarding contracts, intellectual property and other relevant subject matter.
  • Review, streamline and coordinate technology purchase and services agreements.
  • Collaborate with legal department colleagues on a variety of legal and regulatory issues including privacy, security and corporate governance matters.
  • Undertake special projects as directed by general counsel and senior attorneys.


  • J.D. from an accredited law school;
  • Licensed to practice and in good standing with any state bar and authorized to practice in New York;
  • Four to five years’ experience;
  • In-depth knowledge of contract and general corporate law, intellectual property rights, licensing, and related regulatory matters required;
  • Familiarity with copyright, privacy, defamation and other legal issues integral to contracts entered by media licensing companies;
  • Proven track record for cultivating strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders;
  • Prior experience with a media-related organization is a plus;
  • Ability and desire to expand knowledge and competencies to grow with the company’s diverse needs and initiatives;
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English language is required;
  • Authorization to work in the United States for any employer is mandatory.


  • Media industry experience
  • Real estate experience
  • Spanish language proficiency

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day more than half the world's population sees news from AP.

AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.


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