Counsel Commercial Contracting

  • MassMutual
  • Springfield, MA, USA
  • Apr 21, 2021
Full time Legal

Job Description


Counsel, Corporate Law

Springfield, MA


The Opportunity

 As a member of MassMutual’s Law Department, you will be responsible for providing legal advice and counsel supporting the needs of MassMutual’s various business and corporate units.  You will be an integral part of MassMutual’s corporate law team, which supports corporate units, including the finance, corporate development, procurement, information technology and investment management areas.   As Counsel, you will be primarily supporting MassMutual’s business units and Procurement Department with respect to commercial contracting and intellectual property matters. 


The Team

 As Counsel, you will develop substantive relationships with multiple business areas and collaborate with other members of the Law Department on regulatory, intellectual property, commercial, compliance, data privacy issues and M&A activities that arise relating to commercial contracts.  You will promote an environment that fosters and supports diversity and inclusion, values pro bono opportunities and reflects MassMutual’s mission and goals.


The Impact:

 Your responsibilities in this role will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Draft, review and negotiate procurement contracts and advise Procurement as to appropriate commercial contracts related policies and procedures.
  • Provide legal support and business advice to internal clients and Procurement during the lifecycle of a commercial contract.
  • Assist the Procurement area in developing and updating contract templates, guidelines and training materials.
  • Provide training to the Procurement area and other functions of MassMutual as needed.
  • Provide general advice on copyright and trademark issues and prepare and deliver intellectual property training programs for internal clients.
  • Proactively research and report on changes in relevant laws, regulations and industry standards and track emerging trends.
  • Provide sound, pragmatic legal advice and innovative/creative solutions on a wide range of legal matters in a manner that facilitates delivery of business results.

The Minimum Qualifications

  • JD degree from an accredited U.S. law school.
  • Must have a minimum of 4 years of experience with a respected law firm(s), government and/or corporate law department (or similar experience) advising on commercial contracts.
  • Must have commercial contracting experience, preferably with software and SaaS licensing agreements and/or business process offshore agreements.
  • Admitted to a state bar; must be admitted to Massachusetts bar or registered as in-house counsel within 6 months of start date.
  • Demonstrated strong planning, organizational, analytical, and written and oral communications skills.

The Ideal Qualifications

  • General intellectual property expertise preferable, particularly trademark and copyright.
  • Experience and comfort dealing with all levels of business partners.
  • Excellent judgment and legal and business acumen; ability to think like a businessperson, to integrate legal and business issues and to partner with business leaders.
  • Strong ability to develop professional relationships with clients, legal colleagues and business leaders across the organization.
  • Commercially minded, but with a keen attention to risk and ethics
  • Demonstrated leadership, integrity, professionalism and collegiality
  • Strategic, creative and innovative
  • Capable of inspiring confidence in others
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Team oriented; works well with others and is someone who fosters and encourages teamwork across organizations and functions

What to Expect as Part of MassMutual and the Team

  • Regular meetings with the Corporate Law team
  • Focused one-on-one meetings with your manager
  • Access to mentorship opportunities
  • Networking opportunities including access to Asian, Hispanic/Latinx, African American, women, LGBTQ, veteran and disability-focused Business Resource Groups
  • Access to learning content on Degreed and other informational platforms
  • Your ethics and integrity will be valued by a company with a strong and stable ethical business with industry leading pay and benefits


About MassMutual

We’ve been around since 1851. During our history, we’ve helped millions of people find financial freedom, offer financial protection, and plan for the future.

Today, we continue to develop meaningful relationships with our customers by building their trust, being knowledge problem solvers and always prioritizing their needs. MassMutual is guided by a single purpose: We help people secure their future and protect the ones they love. As a company owned by our policyowners, we are defined by mutuality and our vision to put customers first. It’s more than our company structure – it’s our way of life.  


MassMutual was recognized as an Ethisphere 2021 World’s Most Ethical Company, a Top Place to Work in 2021 according to The Boston Globe and named among America’s Best Employers for Diversity according to Forbes 2020. MassMutual ranks No. 84 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. 


MassMutual is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Individual with Disability/Protected Veteran. We welcome all persons to apply. Note: Veterans are welcome to apply, regardless of their discharge status