Associate General Counsel, Technology and Commercial Transactions Attorney


Date: Jan 4, 2021

Location: New York, NY, US

Company: New York Life Insurance Co


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Technology and Commercial Transactions Attorney – Corporate Vice President & Associate General Counsel

Exciting opportunity for a dynamic and experienced Attorney to join the expanding Technology, Intellectual Property and Strategic Sourcing (TIPSS) law group at New York Life.  The TIPSS law group is dedicated to handling complex technology matters, commercial contracts, and intellectual property matters.  The attorney will be sophisticated and highly experienced in drafting, negotiating, and interpreting complex technology agreements in the areas of SaaS/Cloud, software licensing and maintenance, IT consulting and outsourcing, e-commerce, and web site hosting and development agreements, as well as complex commercial agreements across a variety of commodity categories (but with emphasis on Marketing and HR), for a company operating within a regulated industry. Duties also include providing high quality, specialized and practical advice in business-to-business arrangements and advising on issues like IT outsourcing arrangements, software and hardware supply and implementation agreements. Significant experience with cyber security and third party risk management, as well as strong working knowledge of privacy to ensure that customer information gathered by a third party is collected, stored and used in compliance with New York Life’s privacy and data security policies and with applicable laws and regs, is required.  Experience counseling and advising on FinTech and InsureTech matters and transactions is a plus. 


The Associate General Counsel will:

  • Lead, structure, draft and negotiate strategic technology agreements and other commercial agreements (including marketing (creative, media buyer, digital, marketing analytics), data, HR (training services, benefits) and professional services, SaaS/cloud and Software) with third party providers, for New York Life and its affiliates.
  • Engage as lead counsel and drive negotiations.
  • Ensure contracts comply with New York Life’s policies and with regulatory requirements. 
  • Provide day-to-day advice to internal clients on a wide range of areas related to the IP, Technology and third party contracts function including cyber and data security, risk management, and intellectual property.
  • Advise internal clients on business issues, risk management and complying with Company procedures.
  • Coordinate with other subject matter experts in the law department, Third Party Risk Management, CISO’s Office and other areas of New York Life as necessary.
  • Successfully work across the organizational structure of New York Life.


Required Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to engage on and complete complex transactions quickly and effectively, balancing and managing business expectations with legal and regulatory compliance and risk objectives.
  • Extensive experience negotiating strategic contracts as part of a larger negotiating team including procurement, legal and business leads, as well as other SMEs as required.
  • Highly skilled and proven negotiator; detail-oriented.
  • Thorough understanding of existing and emerging technologies and platforms including: AI, Machine-Learning, Big Data, Blockchain, mobile apps, web and devices, social media, and cloud computing.
  • Ability to work independently while being able to contribute successfully to cross-functional teams.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills, and excellent analytical, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
  • In-depth and sophisticated working knowledge of privacy and information security (including data and cyber security).
  • Proven record of prioritizing multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines.



  • 10+ years of technology, IP, and strategic sourcing transactional experience
  • JD required
  • Admission to the New York State Bar required.
  • Experience working in regulated insurance or financial services institutions preferred





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