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Microsoft Corporation Senior Paralegal, Cloud and AI Team in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Cloud + AI CELA team is looking for a senior-level paralegal to support the Azure Edge and Platform organization. This team builds Azure-based products and services, and plays a critical role in building and securing the operating system platforms used by over a billion users world-wide. The paralegal in this role will work closely with senior-level attorneys and will work directly with engineers, product managers, and other business partners in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

For applicants residing in CO, the salary range for this role is from $83,500 to $125,000.

Responsibilities

Legal Knowledge and Support

  • Provides comprehensive support to attorneys and other department roles on complex legal matters.

  • Maintains extensive knowledge of the applicable legal framework (e.g., court rules, legal deadlines, patents), laws, regulations, and industry policies within department specialty area.

  • Conducts legal research independently and analyzes data from various sources (e.g., spreadsheets, reports, online data).

  • Drafts, processes, negotiates, and reviews legal documents and correspondence for complex legal matters.

  • Reviews complex business materials (e.g., marketing collateral, proposals, requests for proposals) and programs for compliance with applicable laws and Microsoft internal policies.

  • Finalizes production of reports and other necessary materials for department activities.

  • Requests materials from attorneys, clients, third parties, outside counsel, and/or company personnel.

  • Maintains knowledge of Microsoft’s business, Legal and Corporate Affairs processes, and Microsoft policies.

  • Trains and mentors legal specialists and paralegals.

Operational Excellence

  • Develops, masters use of, and encourages others to adopt company tools, resources, databases, and processes related to one's practice area to efficiently achieve work objectives, and recommends ways to improve efficiency.

  • Sets and adapts priorities for one's own work and determines work that can be discontinued or performed more efficiently.

  • Works in alignment with priorities established for practice group.

  • Communicates and coordinates with outside counsel to manage or modify schedules and deadlines.

Client Counseling

  • Acts as the primary legal contact for business clients and complex questions.

  • Makes recommendations and provides support to clients on moderately complex legal matters based on comprehensive understanding of the client’s business and subject matter.

  • Conducts meetings with attorneys, business clients, and outside counsel on routine or assigned matters at the direction of an attorney.

  • Prepares presentations and coordinates communication across one's practice area and/or Legal and Corporate Affairs to ensure full alignment and consensus on client solutions.

  • Counsels clients, resolves conflicts, and provides status updates on issues under some attorney direction.

  • Develops and proposes resolutions to the attorney that enable clients to take action towards achieving business objectives.

Projects and Initiatives

  • Leads and demonstrates accountability for small projects within practice group and/or on parts of larger projects outside of practice group.

  • Recommends new programs or processes in response to a business change (e.g., vendor vetting) to meet business needs.

Other

  • Embody our culture and values

Qualifications

Required/Minimum Qualifications

  • Associate’s Degree AND 4+ years experience in paralegal, legal administration, or relevant area

  • OR 7+ years experience in paralegal, legal administration, or relevant area.

Additional or Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree AND 7+ years experience in paralegal, legal administration, or relevant area.

  • 5+ years relevant in-house experience.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form (https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/accommodationrequest) .

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

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