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Associate General Counsel at Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC

Associate General Counsel

Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC Rockville, MD Full-Time


This position is responsible for providing critical detailed review and support for a variety of transactional activities as part of a sophisticated in-house legal team. Principal responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, reviewing, drafting, negotiating and managing contracts with licensees/licensors, suppliers, customers, collaborators and vendors.  This position may also handle other legal matters such as employment law, international trade and company governance and maintenance.


  • Independently draft, negotiate, and review a broad range of commercial agreements, with strong proficiency in license agreements and Intellectual Property (IP) clauses in other agreements, including research collaboration, supply, sales, lease, financing, services, non-disclosure, and material transfer agreements.

  • Advise VP & General Counsel and other legal team members and senior leaders on matters of strategic importance, such as technology transfer, risk identification and mitigation related to potential transactions.

  • Advise other legal team transactional counsel on IP terms in agreements.

  • Provide legal advice to business units 

    o Conduct preventative contract and compliance training focusing on contracts, terms and conditions, and delivery/operational issues.

  • As requested, research and analyze legal issues and recommend legal strategies.

  • Develop and manage standardized processes, policies, tools and templates.

  • Specific duties may vary depending upon departmental requirements.


  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited U.S. law school.

  • Member of the bar of at least one state or the District of Columbia.

  • 10 years of experience drafting, negotiating and critically reviewing agreements including proficiency with biotechnology-based licensing agreements.

  • Experience with software licensing preferred.


  • Technical background in biotechnology or related scientific area preferred.

  • Deep familiarity with patent and technology licensing law and principles.

  • Ability to propose to management, and to draft and negotiate with counterparties, creative licensing strategies.

  • Strong attention to detail and ability to synthesize business and legal issues concerning a given transaction to produce textually sound agreements.

  • Ability to provide effective review and feedback to other legal team members.

  • Strong business acumen; capacity to learn the business rapidly and become a business partner.

  • Strong intellectual capacity and high personal standards of excellence.

  • Logical problem solving and demonstrated ability to organize and move project tasks forward in an orderly and structured fashion.

  • Excellent oral, written communication and interpersonal skills

    o Demonstrate professional etiquette and courtesy and ability to build strong relationships;

    o Effectively communicate issues/problems and results that impact timelines, accuracy and status of contracts/agreements.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required.

  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected including the ability to multi-task and work productively in a demanding customer service environment with changing priorities.


    This position requires the ability to communicate and exchange information, utilize equipment necessary to perform the job, and move about the office.


    This position is performed in a traditional office environment.

  • Some local (same day) travel may be required 

  • Recommended Skills

    • Attention To Detail
    • Biotechnology
    • Commercial Awareness
    • Communication
    • Compliance Training
    • Courtesy
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