Associate General Counsel

US - CA - Carlsbad, US - CA - San Diego Ref #8898 17-May-2021

Job description

Bigger challenges. Bolder ideas. Global impact. At Viasat, we’re on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. We’re the company behind the world’s fastest satellite internet service, with technology that’s helping to bridge the digital divide and improve life for our customers around the globe. By providing powerful new ways for people to connect with one another, gain greater access to education, entertainment, medical research, commerce, and much more, our team is empowering millions of customers worldwide.  

We’re looking for passionate, innovative professionals to join our team and connect the world to more. You’ll work in a collaborative and inclusive environment that values diverse perspectives and continuous learning, and provides industry-leading benefits with unmatched opportunities for career growth. Our team is fearless in pursuit of new ideas and uncompromising in our quest to become the world’s first truly global Internet Service Provider. Interested in joining our mission? Take a look at career opportunities at Viasat today.

Job Responsibilities

Viasat, Inc. seeks an experienced attorney for its in-house legal department in Carlsbad, California, to work with Viasat’s Global Enterprise and Mobility Systems division. The successful candidate will be able to work at all levels of the Company and grow into a leadership position. You will focus primarily on providing strategic business and legal guidance in the area of commercial transactions for new and innovative products and services related to the company’s fast growing  platform technology-based business — negotiating, drafting, and analyzing a wide variety of sales, internet advertising and sponsorship, digital media, platform commercial, platform integration, strategic alliance, and service agreements. You must be diligent and proactive, show excellent business judgment and strategic thinking, along with the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a collegial, fast-paced team environment. Specifically, the right candidate will be able to:

  • Provide strategic business and legal advice to help develop a comprehensive, long-term approach to our relationships with key partners and the commercial aspects of our products and programs.
  • Undertake drafting, negotiation and advisory responsibilities for Viasat’s platform products, commerce partnerships and business development teams.
  • Draft and negotiate a wide variety of contracts, including complex sales and services agreements, platform commercial agreements, platform integrations, internet advertising and sponsorship agreements, digital media agreements, and strategic alliance agreements, all consistent with Company policies and risk tolerance.
  • Review global products, features, platforms and initiatives to provide practical legal risk mitigation strategies for products across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Provide advice to all levels of the Company in all areas, including Operations, Sales & Marketing, Finance, Engineering, and Business Development, advising on legal issues and risks, deal structures, negotiation strategy, and company policies and procedures, and communicating legal concepts in a way that non-lawyers can understand.
  • Create and implement strategies for early resolution of contractual disputes.
  • Provide legal support for the group’s expanding international operations.
  • Assist in other general transactional and corporate matters as necessary.


  • 5+ years’ prior experience, preferably in a transactional-focused in-house practice with a leading platform technology company.
  • Experience counseling in media/entertainment, B2B & B2C, telecommunications, infrastructure, wireless and/or mobile technologies.
  • Juris Doctorate degree or equivalent with excellent academic credentials.
  • Demonstrated experience drafting and negotiating platform technology and digital media agreements with advertisers, ad agencies, ad servers, and data management companies, as well as ad tech platforms and ad tech technology providers for ad-supported, transactional and subscription services, with a detailed working knowledge of applicable commercial deal structures.
  • Demonstrated experience advising clients in structuring complex commercial transactions, including in-depth experience in contract negotiation and drafting.
  • Strong experience drafting, negotiating and managing technology deals (e.g., technology licensing, product development, platform integrations, etc.).
  • Prior experience with intellectual property, data privacy and security issues in the context of technology and digital media transactions
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills with attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy, together with the ability to manage several simultaneous projects under deadline pressure.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written; must be able to ask clear, concise questions involving complex technology to get requisite answers from business partners and Legal Department colleagues.
  • Ability to take initiative and adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced corporate environment.
  • International experience and willingness to travel up to 25% of the time, including international travel.


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Additional Requirements and information

Minimum education:


Years of experience:

4-6 years


Up to 25%


US Citizenship Required



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