Corporate Counsel

at Hedera Hashgraph (View all jobs)

About Hedera Hashgraph:

Hedera is the decentralized governing body for the Hedera network, an enterprise-grade public distributed ledger technology (DLT) network that’s fast, environmentally sustainable, and secure, making it well-suited to become an integral layer of the emerging web3 world. Hedera is governed by a diverse group of world-leading institutions distributed across six continents, representing multiple industries including technology, banking and financial services, web3, education, legal services, gaming, aerospace, and manufacturing.

The vision for the Hedera network is to support a trusted, empowered, and decentralized digital future for everyone; a cyberspace where you work, play, buy, sell, create, and engage socially; where you have safety and privacy in your digital communities; where you feel confident when interacting with others; where you own and control your information.

Hedera brings together some of the best minds in the industry. We are proud of our high-quality culture and dedicated to values of integrity, ethics, service, excellence, and teamwork. We are looking for hard-working, talented, and collegial people to help achieve this vision. Join us and say, "Hello future."

About the role:

As Hedera’s Counsel, you will work on a wide variety of legal and governance matters. You’ll draft agreements and governing documents, negotiate with counter-parties, draft and advise on policies, research evolving areas of law and regulation relating to web3 networks, strategize about how best to comply with regulations in an uncertain and evolving regulatory environment, liaise with outside counsel, and work with Hedera’s Council members to enable effective decentralized governance.

You’ll work closely with (and report to) Hedera’s General Counsel and be a vital member of a small but powerful team that reports to a council of leading global organizations. You’ll be able to make meaningful contributions and develop a wide variety of legal skills while working on issues at the forefront of technology, commerce, and the law. There’s a lot of exciting work, but, given the small team, you also have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and do non-glamorous work.

You may find yourself doing all of the following:

  • Work on Hedera Council governance activities, including reports and briefings for Council members, drafting resolutions and meeting minutes (which are made publicly available), and answering questions from prospective Council members
  • Understand Hedera’s governance structure and governing documents in order to advise on governance matters, including amendments to Hedera’s LLC agreement, policies, committee charters, and other governance documents
  • Draft and negotiate various commercial agreements, including grant agreements, vendor and service agreements, marketing agreements, and NDAs
  • Be responsible for updating Hedara’s Terms of Use as needed
  • Work on IP-related matters, including the open sourcing of the hashgraph codebase
  • Work on legal-related HR matters
  • Research and advise on a wide variety of legal matters, including governance, contracts, and regulatory matters
  • Create and/or improve Hedera’s legal processes, including agreement templates and “user guides” to relevant legal matters for non-lawyers
  • Work closely with Hedera’s outside counsel

Qualification Requirements:

  • Strong contract drafting skills, as well as the ability to write clearly in non-legalese
  • Familiarity with laws and regulations relevant to distributed ledger technology and cryptocurrencies, and willingness to learn and keep up-to-date with developments
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and research skills
  • Ability to self-manage and take initiative to identify and do what needs to be done
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Give and receive feedback in a constructive way
  • Take pride in your work
  • A business-oriented approach to legal problem-solving

Other skills that are great to bring with you but that we can help you develop:

  • Experience working on web3/DLT/blockchain/crypto matters (though all that’s absolutely required is a demonstrated familiarity with and interest in such issues)
  • A growth mindset and an overall positive attitude

Education and Experience:

  • J.D. from an accredited US law school and admitted to practice in a jurisdiction that has reciprocity with New York State with respect to registration of in-house counsel (see list of jurisdictions)
  • 2-6+ years of experience at a top law firm and/or in-house

Location: Remote, with a preference for candidates based in or near New York (the legal team is based in NYC and may get co-working space there)