What You'll Do
  • Provide legal advice on intellectual property (IP) and environmental law compliance aspects of company business.
  • Regarding IP, you will work with our inventors to assess patentability or other means of protecting company-generated IP; serving on the Invention and Discovery Review Board (IDRB) to further assess inventions' patentability with input from IDRB members across the two sites; providing transactional advice regarding subcontracts and procurement matters at all stages of the acquisition process where IP issues may arise including data rights clauses, software licensing provisions, and the like; responding to inquiries about copyright and trademark issues; reviewing non-disclosure agreements, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), strategic partnership program agreements (formerly known as Work for Others agreements), and other contracts both central and ancillary to IP protections; ensuring compliance with prime contract terms governing IP matters. You will also coordinate with outside counsel on patent prosecutions, including preparing company responses to USPTO office actions and examiners' inquiries, and review outside counsel invoices and work product.
  • With respect to environmental law, this will include supporting the company's professionals in state and federal regulatory compliance, reporting, and enforcement action responses, as well as in compliance with company's internal procedures and policies related to environmental matters.
  • Advise, as appropriate, on other matters that may include prime contract compliance, management, and modifications; real estate leasing or purchasing; or compliance with company's internal procedures and policies in multiple areas. Particular professional experience or educational credentials in any one of those areas, e.g., government contracting or real estate, would affect the responsibilities you'd receive.
  • Draft and review contracts, licenses, and other documents related to business operations and advise the company when disputes arise under those documents.
  • Represent the company in routine and complex litigation, arbitration, or mediation of IP, environmental, or other substantive area claims within your expertise; manage or assist outside counsel engaged for significant litigation matters.
  • Research and analyze case law, statutes, regulations (especially relevant IP and environmental laws and IP- and environmental-related provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation [FAR] and the Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation [DEAR]), and contracts and draft formal legal guidance on routine and complex matters.
  • Provide legal advice to company senior management on IP and environmental policy and contract interpretation issues.
  • Work with management and other functional personnel on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Help the company respond to inquiries or investigations from the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), agencies' inspectors general, other federal agencies, members of Congress, and state and local governmental agencies.
  • Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, Security, and company business practice requirements and policies.

What you can expect:
  • Meaningful work and unique opportunities to support missions vital to national and global security
  • Top-notch, dedicated colleagues
  • Generous pay and benefits with a stable organization
  • Career advancement and professional development programs
  • Work-life balance fostered through flexible work options and wellness initiatives

Minimum Job Requirements:
Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.

Preferred Job Requirements:
  • Admission to the Tennessee Bar.
  • Five years of experience in a professional setting.
  • Demonstrated analytical, communication, and leadership skills.
  • Experience and knowledge in IP law and at least one other area of substantive law, e.g., environmental law, commercial and government contract law, general business law, or real estate law.
  • Experience performing legal research and drafting routine legal guidance.
  • Experience interacting with government agencies at the federal, state, or local level.
  • Licensure as a patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, or a plan to seek and obtain such licensure within one year of hiring.
  • Experience providing legal support to an organization that provides goods and services to the U.S. Government.
  • Prior interaction with and knowledge of the DOE, NNSA, or other federal agencies.
  • Working knowledge of one other substantive area of federal law in addition to IP law, or a genuine willingness to attain working knowledge in another substantive area.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to deliver legal advice and counsel in the context of the company's strategic mission and business objectives.
  • In responding to specific requests for legal advice, the ability to identify other existing legal vulnerabilities and business impacts beyond the scope of the request.
  • Both the ability for, and an interest in, learning new areas of law, taking on other duties as assigned, and demonstrating flexibility.
  • Experience and knowledge of the concepts and processes involved in preparing for negotiations, conducting negotiations, and counseling a client regarding development and options in a negotiation.
  • Knowledge of the tools for legal research and the ability to devise and implement coherent and effective legal research strategies.
  • Knowledge of the rules governing the practice of law, the ability to recognize and resolve ethical issues, and strict adherence to the rules of professional conduct.
  • Knowledge of software applications and technologies used in a technologically sophisticated law office.
  • Ability to work independently as appropriate.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

The minimum education and experience for the lowest career level in the job posting range are listed under Minimum Job Requirements. Successful candidates hired into a higher career level than the minimum in the range must meet the requirements listed in the job leveling charts for the career level into which they are being hired.

If a range of Career Levels is posted, i.e., Senior Associate to Senior Specialist, internal applicants already in one of the Career Levels would come across at their current Career Level. Internal applicants currently in a lower level Career Level would move to the lowest posted Career Level.

If a candidate is selected that has yet to pass the Tennessee Bar Exam, that candidate's continued employment would be subject to and contingent upon that individual passing the Tennessee Bar Exam and being admitted to the Tennessee Bar within calendar year 2022.

Requires a Q clearance; however all qualified candidates will be considered regardless of their current clearance status. The ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy Q clearance is required.

Position may require entry into Materials Access Areas (MAA) and participation in the Human Reliability Program (HRP). If HRP is required, candidate must complete a counterintelligence-scope polygraph, pursuant to 10CFR 709. Medical requirements may apply.