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F5 Networks has exclusively engaged Harris Legal Search to recruit an attorney to manage the company’s legal risks and exposures.

Harris Legal Search has been exclusively engaged by F-5 to recruit a Corporate Counsel to manage and mitigate the Company’s legal risks and exposures while providing timely and accurate legal advice for the sales, services, and product development teams.  The position reports to the VP-Legal. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Contract administration, including the drafting, review and negotiation of various commercial agreements, including, Sales as a Service, license, services, reseller, and OEM agreements.
  • Play a leadership role in departmental and company-wide strategic initiatives.
  • Administer corporate legal activities to protect the Company’s interests.
  • Provide professional legal interpretations and recommendations to Company personnel.
  • Assist the VP-Legal with administrative and legal matters, including the planning, organizing and managing of work activities assigned to the Company’s Corporate Counsel and other members of the Legal department.
  • Prepare, review and negotiate other legal documents.
  • Manage outside counsel to represent the Company in litigation before courts and administrative tribunals, including the review of legal memoranda and other documents.
  • Uphold F5’s Business Code of Ethics and promptly report violations of the Code or other company policies.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Responsible for upholding F5’s Business Code of Ethics and for promptly reporting violations of the Code or other company policies.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of various technology agreements, including sales, license, services, consulting, reseller, OEM, NDA, alliance, open source, Sales as a Service, and distributor contracts and other agreements commonly used in the high-tech industry required.
  • Ability to negotiate complex agreements and communicate effectively with sales professionals as well as attorneys and purchasing managers of customers.
  • Excellent negotiation and written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of international sales and licensing agreements and revenue recognition principals beneficial.
  • Experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating various technology agreements.
  • Knowledge of intellectual property, privacy, and corporate law and related transactions beneficial.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Law degree and 5-10 years of business law experience or equivalent experience negotiating complex technology agreements.
  • Bar membership in good standing or eligibility for admission.  


F5 provides solutions for an application world. F5 helps organizations seamlessly scale cloud, data center, telecommunications, and software defined networking (SDN) deployments to successfully deliver applications and services to anyone, anywhere, at any time. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to stay ahead of cloud, security, and mobility trends. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices worldwide.

F5 Networks, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.

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