Staff Legal Counsel

  • IBM
  • Markham, Ontario, Canada
  • Oct 07, 2021
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

At IBM, work is more than a job – it’s a calling: To build. To design. To code. To consult. To think along with clients and sell. To make markets. To invent. To collaborate. Not just to do something better, but to attempt things you’ve never thought possible. Are you ready to lead in this new era of technology and solve some of the world’s most challenging problems? If so, lets talk.

Your Role and Responsibilities
In Canada, the legal team is centered in Markham, Ontario, at the IBM Canada headquarters and has professionals located in various parts of the country. As a high performing team, we have been well positioned to work remotely efficiently and effectively during the Covid-19 pandemic and work in the office as necessary, until further guidance. The team provides high value legal support in a number of core areas including information technology, general commercial, employment, intellectual property, privacy and data security.


We are looking to add to our diverse high energy team an experienced Staff Counsel.

Reporting to the General Counsel, IBM Canada, the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the IBM business in Canada in the drafting, review and negotiation of customer contracts across all areas of IBM’s products and services and acting as a consultant to internal business clients on various legal matters. This could include reviewing, interpreting and providing advice on federal, provincial and local laws, government agency rulings, supplier contracts, IBM policies and practices, business conduct and ethics.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • English Fluent (verbal and written)
  • Qualified to practice law in Ontario or another common law province
  • At least 3-5 years experience in Information Technology Law
  • Ability to provide independent advice to senior level management on complex matters
  • Fluent in Microsoft Word (i.e. able to execute contract document drafting and revisions)
  • Solid organization skills

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Experience working within IT firms selling and/or procuring IT services
  • Experience in privacy, data security and related legal matters
  • Capability in Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint
  • Project management training or experience
  • Bilingual English and French (verbal and written)
  • Qualified to practice civil law in the province of Quebec

Must have the ability to work in Canada without sponsorship.