Description:

Microsoft’s Corporate & External Legal Affairs (CELA) group seeks an experienced lawyer to provide comprehensive and coordinated legal support for the teams that design and construct datacenters powering the Microsoft Cloud. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated capability to support the execution of complex design and construction projects and advise on a wide variety of related issues including real estate and commercial transactions, entitlements, land use, compliance, health & safety, and dispute resolution. We are looking for a self-starter who is skilled at collaborating with a variety of stakeholders and is passionate about problem-solving.

Responsibilities
This role will advise internal business clients and manage outside counsel on a variety of topics, including:
  • Providing comprehensive and coordinated legal support for the development of new datacenters and cloud infrastructure. Must have a demonstrated capability to support the execution of complex design & construction projects and advise on a wide variety of related issues including real estate & commercial transactions, compliance, health & safety, and dispute resolution.
  • Construction, architecture/engineering, and consulting services contracts ranging from standard engagements to complex, high-value transactions (requiring fluency with different construction delivery models and industry forms);
  • Legal issues that arise in commercial relationships, including claims and pre-litigation disputes;
  • Permitting and entitlements with an emphasis on environmental permitting; and
  • Ancillary categories such as anti-corruption/anti-bribery compliance, labor, health & safety, government affairs, and community development.
  • Our cloud infrastructure business has grown rapidly, and continued growth is anticipated, with a focus on building and owning. In addition, our extensive world-wide real estate portfolio demands continual legal support. This will support work that is difficult or cost prohibitive to outsource, e.g., multi-geo strategic initiatives, daily counseling, supplier vetting, training, etc.

Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications
  • Juris Doctorate Degree or Equivalent International Degree OR Completion of a Legal Apprenticeship.
  • 5+ years of experience as a practicing attorney OR equivalent practice of law and counseling complex development projects
  • Active license to practice law in a jurisdiction and capable of meeting admission requirements in relevant jurisdiction.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience supporting large ($100M+) development projects both in and outside the US
  • In-house experience in a technology, construction, or real estate company
  • Real estate transactional experience including acquisitions and leasing (but not in lieu of construction)
  • Keen business sense, flexible and analytical thinker able to identify legal issues quickly and accurately in a complex environment and to develop practical solutions by exercising judgment in ambiguous situations
  • Adept at communicating simply and strong attention to detail and organization
  • Works efficiently, meets demanding deadlines in a fast-paced environment, prioritizes workflow with minimal supervision, and adjusts to evolving business imperatives
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate well with team members on projects that cut across organizational and geographical boundaries
  • Experience and comfort working with data, including to measure program performance and effectiveness, inform priorities and deliver insights to stakeholders