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Counsel - Investigations and Litigation



New York, NY, USA · San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2024

About Us:

We're on a mission to make it possible for every person, team, and company to be able to tailor their software to solve any problem and take on any challenge. Computers may be our most powerful tools, but most of us can't build or modify the software we use on them every day. At Notion, we want to change this with focus, design, and craft.

We've been working on this together since 2016, and have customers like Pixar, Mitsubishi, Figma, Plaid, Match Group, and thousands more on this journey with us. Today, we're growing fast and excited for new teammates to join us who are the best at what they do. We're passionate about building a company as diverse and creative as the millions of people Notion reaches worldwide.

Notion is an in person company, and currently requires its employees to come to the office for two Anchor Days (Mondays & Thursdays) and requests that employees spend the majority of their week in the office (including a third day).

About The Role:

As Investigations and Litigation Counsel, you will have the opportunity to help build the legal foundation for Notion’s approach to investigations, incident management, law enforcement and government engagement, and litigation. In this role, you will partner closely with internal stakeholders, such as our Security, Trust and Safety, and IT teams, to proactively build processes and prepare our teams to support high stakes situations.

What You'll Achieve:

  • Investigations.
    • Provide legal counsel to build and support the company’s investigation processes and practices.
    • Conduct legal-led investigations, such as investigations arising from law enforcement, regulatory or government inquiries.
    • Support and advise cross-functional partners on other investigations, such as investigations into incidents, violations of user policies, product abuse, or illegal activities.
    • During investigations, collaborate on investigation design, ensure thorough fact finding and data review, drive effective documentation, advise on legal risks, provide recommendations, guide information sharing, and support corrective or preventive actions.
  • Incident Management.
    • Drive the legal team’s incident management process, and serve as an legal escalation point during incidents.
    • Provide legal counsel to partner teams - such as Security, Trust and Safety, and IT - during incidents.
    • Advise on user data disclosure and security issues, as well as litigation risks, information management, and protection of privilege.
    • Tie together incident management and investigation processes to ensure appropriate recommendations and corrective or preventive actions are taken.
  • Law Enforcement and Government Engagement.
    • Manage engagement with law enforcement and government authorities.
    • Drive effective investigations with internal partners and manage responses to legal orders and inquiries.
    • Ensure compliance with company policies and relevant laws, such as the Stored Communications Act and applicable U.S. and global data privacy laws, when responding to such requests.
    • Advocate for the company through external engagements and documentation.
    • Work with internal stakeholders - such as Security, Trust and Safety, and Engineering - to build efficient and repeatable processes to respond to regular law enforcement and government requests.
  • Litigation.
    • Advise and provide training on information management, legal privilege, discovery practices, and data retention.
    • Help build and maintain a global litigation function, and manage litigations, disputes, and pre-litigation matters.
    • Assess the business and legal landscape to anticipate potential litigation and disputes and provide proactive advice to the business to mitigate legal risks.

Skills You'll Need to Bring:

  • Admitted to the New York or California Bar and in good standing.
  • 8+ years of combined experience practicing as an attorney within a law firm, software technology company, or the US government, with 2+ years in-house and/or US government experience.
  • Ability to advise and manage legal requests for user data, and advising on data protection, privacy, and the Stored Communications Act.
  • Ability to advise and support incident management and investigations.
  • Ability to guide best practices for litigation preparedness, including information management, documentation, privilege and discovery.
  • Excellent drafting, written and verbal communication skills and ability provide practical guidance in ambiguous scenarios.
  • Resilience, resourcefulness, and the ability to develop trusted relationships and work highly cross-functionally to build complex processes, respond to urgent matters, and take effective action.

Nice to Haves:

  • Prior legal experience in the federal or state government, such as an AUSA, DOJ attorney, FBI attorney.
  • Experience engaging directly with key government agencies, regulators, and law enforcement agencies.
  • Understanding of legal issues relating to user policy and legal violations in cloud-based platforms.

We hire talented and passionate people from a variety of backgrounds because we want our global employee base to represent the wide diversity of our customers. If you’re excited about a role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every bullet point listed in the job description, we still encourage you to apply. If you’re a builder at heart, share our company values, and enthusiastic about making software toolmaking ubiquitous, we want to hear from you.

Notion is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or any employment decision based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other applicable legally protected characteristic. Notion considers qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Notion is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please let your recruiter know.

Notion is committed to providing highly competitive cash compensation, equity, and benefits. The compensation offered for this role will be based on multiple factors such as location, the role’s scope and complexity, and the candidate’s experience and expertise, and may vary from the range provided below. For roles based in San Francisco or New York City, the estimated base salary range for this role is $255,000 - $300,000 per year.


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