Palo Alto Networks is hiring a

Managing Senior Corporate Counsel, Commercial Transactions

Santa Clara, United States

Your Career  

This attorney will be independently responsible for complex incident response, sales and channel agreements and negotiations involving cyber security products and services.  This position will report to a senior member of the Legal team located in Santa Clara, CA, on the North American Commercial Transactions team .  You will be part of a fast-moving, collaborative legal team that impacts all go-to-market aspects of the business daily.  The team is focused on our next generation licensing agreements, customer programs, and channel partner programs to scale across Palo Alto Networks’ entire technology portfolio.

This position will work closely with client stakeholders such as services consultants, sales, deals desk, revenue, and finance. You will also be an important resource for Legal colleagues on a global basis.  Strong candidates are proactive, solutions-driven, and independent, with direct and leading experience in drafting and negotiating consulting, software, cloud services, vendor financing, data protection, information security, and hardware agreements.

Seeking individuals who  

  • Are unrelenting in their pursuit of achievement and are constantly seeking self-improvement
  • Can persevere in the face of challenges in implementing new businesses and go to market programs
  • Can adjust according to the situation, learn new things, innovate, and try new methods
  • Possess self-confidence in their own abilities while understanding that there is always room for improvement and that others’ experience and knowledge are valuable
  • Are diplomatic and assertive
  • Can manage time and prioritize tasks
  • Demonstrate the highest level of adherence to not only what is legal but also what is right
  • Can apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios
  • Can function as part of a team, placing the success of the whole above the needs of the self
  • Have a desire to explore the unknown and question the status quo in pursuit of better, more effective and/or efficient solutions
  • Have a positive attitude, high empathy, and control over their emotions, especially in unscripted, chaotic, and stressful situations

Your Impact  

  • Provide comprehensive legal support to Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 team, including process integration, analysis of conflicts and privilege, intellectual property implications, and subject matter areas impacting incident response, threat readiness and intelligence in the cybersecurity industry         
  • Review, negotiate and conclude complex commercial contracts involving hardware, software, support, and cybersecurity consulting services that comply with the company’s policies and risk tolerance
  • Familiarity with and working knowledge of privacy and information security legal issues to the extent necessary to review, draft and negotiate data protection and information security agreements with customers and partners
  • Help to build and maintain scalable frameworks and processes
  • Draft, review and negotiate master agreements with customers, outside counsel, including Data Protection Agreements - drafting new templates to cover newly created programs as needed and coordinating/collaborating with commercial counsel outside of the Americas
  • Respond promptly and effectively to legal requests from sales, business development, operations, senior management, and other internal clients, and advise on recommended courses of action and legal risks
  • Provide legal advice as may be necessary, including identifying processes, legal requirements, registrations, and procedures - Ability to judge when to escalate identified issues
  • Collaborate with other teams within legal to ensure consistency and to address issues relating to data privacy, intellectual property, and compliance
  • Support continuous improvement of standard form agreements, policies and legal processes related to commercial transactions
  • Handle special projects as requested

​​​​​​Your Experience  

  • Must be admitted to the bar in at least one U.S. state, and have a law degree or equivalent
  • Must have 7+ years of strong commercial transaction legal practice involving technology
  • Extensive experience working in a constructive and professional manner with sales personnel and management
  • Extensive experience as the primary attorney on drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex, multi-million-dollar software, hardware, SaaS-based agreements, and Master Agreements, which includes coordinating all terms with all internal stakeholders across the organization
  • Facilitate productive discussions and negotiations with various internal teams, as well as outside counsel in order to answer general questions, provide guidance, and operationalize certain aspects of the agreement and provide business-oriented advice and guidance to IT wireless teams and assist in the formulation of strategies for deal execution and operationalization if needed
  • Experience drafting and negotiating data processing/data privacy and information security agreements and working with subject matter experts in these areas
  • Ability to work efficiently with cross-functional teams and manage numerous projects simultaneously under deadline pressure
  • Familiarity with revenue recognition issues to be able to identify that there may be a revenue recognition impact with certain terms in customer agreements
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, business judgment, strategic thinking, superior work ethic, flexibility, and ability to work independently
  • General knowledge of attorney client privilege and attorney work-product concerns and designations
  • Superior language, written and verbal communication skills required
  • May include Occasional travel
  • Certifications in the areas of data privacy or information security is a plus
  • Undergrad or work experience in a technical discipline or experience in cybersecurity is a plus
  • In-office position, located at our headquarters in Santa Clara, California, or other office within the United States is preferred

The Team 

We are a Legal Team who is unrelenting in our pursuit of achievement, we are constantly seeking improvements and can take on every challenge. We value a positive attitude and high empathy. We adjust according to the situation, learn new things, innovate, and try new methods. We value collaboration, function as a team and know that our colleague’s experience and knowledge are valuable. We demonstrate the highest level of adherence to not only what is legal but also what is right. We apply our legal knowledge to real-world scenarios, have a desire to explore the unknown and question the status quo in pursuit of better, more effective solutions. 

Our Commitment 

We’re trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge cybersecurity’s status quo. It’s simple: we can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with a disability. If you require assistance or accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at

Palo Alto Networks is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity in our workplace, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or other legally protected characteristics.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

The compensation offered for this position will depend on qualifications, experience, and work location. For candidates who receive an offer at the posted level, the starting base salary (for non-sales roles) or base salary + commission target (for sales/commissioned roles) is expected to be between $176,800/yr to $286,000/yr. The offered compensation may also include restricted stock units and a bonus. A description of our employee benefits may be found here

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