Calix Inc.

Senior Legal Counsel - Products

US-CA-San Jose
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Full Time


This Senior Counsel role will serve as a key member of the Calix legal team with primary focus on working with our Products organization, partnering on a variety of in-bound transactions, such as licensing, intellectual property development, SaaS and a variety of joint and outsourced design, development and other technology transactions in the context of the company’s strategy and end user markets. As part of a small legal team, he or she will also have responsibilities to advise and support related legal programs together with the Products organization.  Reporting directly to the General Counsel, he or she will have substantial responsibility representing the company in contract negotiations in collaboration with business partners, drafting and closing of transactions, and advising on a range of legal risk considerations and overall risk management.  The position requires a strong foundation of legal knowledge and experience in handling technology transactions together with the ability to balance legal advocacy with strategic objectives.  Excellent drafting and communications skills, and strong business acumen, with exceptional organization and attention.  He or she will be looked upon to collaborate effectively across functions and to drive projects to completion.  The ideal candidate will be collaborative, business-minded and team-oriented, with a willingness to roll-up the sleeves and pitch in and to work effectively within a dynamic and growing environment. 


  • Advise and collaborate with products, product line leadership, product marketing and product operations teams on a full range of issues related to commercial contracting for in-bound technology transactions

  • Review, negotiate and draft a wide variety of technology-related agreements such as master services agreements and related statements of work, joint development agreements, SaaS, software licensing, design services and consulting arrangements

  • Collaborate closely with business teams to advise and apply appropriate judgment and problem-solving skills to achieve business objectives

  • Advise and collaborate cross-functionally to manage contract compliance and enforcement

  • Develop, draft and/or update standard commercial agreements and contracts clause playbook to support the legal function

  • Collaborate cross-functionally to develop and implement improvements for scalable and effective processes, including the contracting process

  • Other projects and duties in support of legal function and company programs



  • 7+ years of commercial contract and business law experience, ideally with technology companies, including 3+ years at a national or top regional law firm; commercial litigation experience a plus

  • J.D. from accredited U.S. law school and active bar membership in good standing

  • Experience drafting and negotiating with large suppliers, manufacturers and technology providers in the telecommunications and/or technology space, with a record of outstanding achievement

  • Outstanding legal drafting and communication skills

  • Excellent business decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated maturity and good judgment

  • Demonstrated ability to work self-sufficiently and close projects against tight deadlines

  • Excellent work ethics and organizational skills

  • Team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional groups

  • Solid working knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Acrobat Pro and database systems



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