Legal Counsel, Corporate

  • Shopify
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 08, 2021
Full time Law Clerk

Job Description

Shopify is now permanently remote and working towards a future that is digital by design. Learn more about what this can mean for you.

Shopify is the world’s fastest growing commerce platform, with no plans to slow down, powering over 1 million stores in more than 175 different countries. 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 and provide the best possible advice on sometimes unprecedented legal issues, in ways that allow Shopify’s business to stay agile and innovative. Every person on our team is committed to making commerce better for everyone, and it truly shows.


Job Description

Within the Shopify Legal Team, the Corporate Team’s focus is supporting Shopify’s business teams through corporate governance work, securities filings and compliance matters to keep Shopify in good standing as a public company listed on the NYSE and the TSX. We support a diverse array of teams across Shopify, both proactively and as issues arise, to ensure we are in compliance with constantly changing laws and regulations. Our work is challenging, varied and constantly evolving.

About you
We’re looking for a curious, dedicated, and driven mid-level corporate lawyer, with excellent problem solving and issue spotting skills and a strong interest in technology. The corporate lawyer we seek must be able to juggle competing priorities, be equally adept at playing a lead (or even solo) role on some projects and a supporting role on others, and be able to apply their skills, knowledge and experience to provide user-friendly advice in a fast, collaborative and easy-to-understand way. Making commerce better for everyone is amazing work, but super challenging!

Supporting a variety of fast-moving teams while working on projects with immoveable deadlines is not easy. You should expect to encounter issues you couldn’t dream up if you tried. This work is varied and constantly evolving. Practicing at the top of your game with an incredibly smart and highly-engaged team is very fulfilling, and we can guarantee that you will never stop learning and that your work at Shopify will never be boring.


  • Researching and providing business minded advice on corporate governance, compliance, regulatory and other matters - both independently, and in collaboration with other members of our Legal and Finance teams

  • Drafting Canadian and U.S. continuous disclosure and regulatory filings

  • As we continue to expand our global presence, supporting and advising our Global Equity team on matters related to Shopify’s employee equity compensation program, including managing external counsel as required

  • Working closely with our Brand and Communications, Marketing, Public Relations and Investor Relations teams to advise on corporate communications and marketing matters



  • A J.D. or LL.B

  • A license to practice law in any common law province in Canada, and a willingness to work Eastern Time zone working hours

  • Relevant corporate legal experience, ideally having started at a top tier law firm, followed by experience in-house (bonus points for experience in-house at a Canadian publicly traded company)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills - you are an effective and confident communicator, and are adept at using different strategies to effectively provide support and counsel to a variety of different functions

  • An exceptional ability to triage and prioritize- you are able to quickly pivot from providing legal advice on the fly, to reviewing communications, and back again. Our to do lists are constantly being re-written

  • A growth mindset and willingness to learn new things and work on new projects. You are comfortable with being uncomfortable, have an entrepreneurial bent and enjoy finding new ways to get involved and add value

  • A keen ability to work with many different types of personalities. You are skilled at developing relationships with the clients you serve, and enjoy working as a team player

  • Confidence and experience completing effective, self-directed and autonomous work, as well as collaborative teamwork - you are able to get things done on your own and working with others, and are able to keep a variety of stakeholders organized and focused

  • Humility and a sense of humour - you take your work seriously, but not yourself too seriously

Additional Information

We know that applying to a new role takes a lot of work and we truly value your time. Experience comes in many forms, many skills are transferable, and passion goes a long way. If you have any legal or other super powers (or ideas for our next Halloween group costume), please tell us about them in your cover letter!

Please address your cover letter to Lyndsey Kiser, Legal Counsel. She’s looking forward to reading your application and finding someone amazing to work with.

This posting will close on Wednesday, April 14 at 4 PM EST.

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 peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities. Please take a look at our 2019 Sustainability Report to learn more about Shopify's commitments.

Practice Area(s)

Corporate Law