Legal Counsel

  • Shopify
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Jun 14, 2019
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

It takes a whole team of dedicated lawyers working behind the scenes to help Shopify create a platform that makes commerce better for everyone.  Lawyers on our team must be able to apply their knowledge and experience to novel scenarios to provide the best advice possible in a way that allows Shopify’s business to stay agile and competitive.  Every person on our team is committed to making commerce better for everyone, and it truly shows.   In this role, you will report to our Director, Associate General Counsel, Payments and Financial Services, supporting the Shopify Financial Solutions (Money) Product line. The Money team is responsible for all systems that move money between Shopify, our merchants and their buyers, and Shopify Partners. This includes payment processing, billing, capital advances, account balances and evaluating risk.  Money matters. A lot. This role will have you providing legal support in areas that are absolutely critical to the success of every participant in the Shopify ecosystem.   About You To succeed in this position you will need solid commercial skills, communication skills, the ability to collaborate and work well with others, common sense and grit -- all of which provide you with the ability to extrapolate into new areas of law or new geographies using a combination of your existing knowledge, great instincts, and strong research skills.  You will also have strong negotiating and drafting skills on a variety of different types of agreements. You will be able to synthesize and analyze volumes of information from a variety of sources and come to a business-focused solution. You can quickly re-calibrate, iterate or pivot when faced with new information or changing circumstances.   Success on the Shopify legal team more broadly requires intellect, passion, hard work, humility and a sense of humor. You need to take the work seriously, but not take yourself too seriously. You also need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, really connect with people, and enjoy working as a team player.    

A few things you will need:

    • A J.D. or LL.B
    • Strong commercial drafting skills
    • Relevant legal experience, ideally having started out at a law firm, followed by in-house experience, preferably in the finance or banking space
    • Interest in financial services
    • Strong legal and interpersonal skills
    • History working with cross functional teams from engineering to finance to sales and beyond
    • Experience providing legal counsel on new product developments, including negotiating, drafting and reviewing commercial agreements, drafting terms of service and related policies
    • Experience leading projects and managing multiple priorities, stakeholders and deadlines
    • Experience managing external legal counsel, including in international jurisdictions
We look forward to receiving your application! Please include a cover letter and address it to Jodi Golinsky, Associate General Counsel.  She’s looking forward to reading your application and finding someone amazing to join her team.   Please note that this posting will close on July 5th at 5pm EDT.   At Shopify, we are committed to building and fostering an environment where our employees feel included, valued, and heard. Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion enables us to truly make commerce better for everyone. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous people, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities.

Practice Area(s)

banking law