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Corporate Counsel or Associate Counsel

OPT Industries

OPT Industries

Medford, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Role Overview
OPT Industries (http://optindustries.com) is a rapidly growing, venture-backed MIT spinout company that focuses on building the next generation of additive manufacturing technology. Working at the intersection of automation engineering, computational design and polymer science, we design and commercially manufacture highly customizable materials and products- everything from medical devices to luxury fashion. Our mission is to transform products by taking an integrated approach from design to manufacturing.

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Corporate Counsel to guide our legal strategy and operations. In this role, you'll be the foundation of our legal function, ensuring we navigate the complex landscape of contracts, intellectual property, financing, and other legal matters with confidence. You'll collaborate directly with our leadership team to minimize legal risks, protect our innovations, and drive successful business outcomes.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Contract Development and Negotiation: Draft, review, and negotiate a full range of commercial contracts, including sales agreements, licensing deals, NDAs, and vendor/supplier contracts.
  • Intellectual Property Protection: Develop and execute strategies to safeguard the company's valuable intellectual property assets. This includes managing patent filings, trademark registrations, copyright protection, and trade secret management.
  • Corporate Governance and Compliance: Ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Advise the leadership team on corporate governance best practices and company policies.
  • Financing and Securities Matters: Assist the company’s external counsel in fundraising activities, including equity and debt financing.
  • Dispute Resolution: Provide guidance and support in potential or ongoing commercial or intellectual property disputes.
  • External Legal Counsel Management: Serve as the primary liaison with external law firms, managing relationships, negotiating rates, and ensuring effective collaboration.
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation: Proactively identify and assess potential legal risks across the business. Develop and implement strategies to minimize risks and protect the company.

Job Requirements

  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school and admission to the bar in Massachusetts (or bar of another U.S. jurisdiction that allows immediate reciprocity).
  • Demonstrated expertise in contract law, corporate/securities law, and intellectual property issues. Employment law experience is a plus.
  • U.S. person capable of receiving export-controlled data; some trade compliance experience preferred.
  • High integrity and excellent business acumen and judgment. Ability to translate complex legal matters for non-legal audiences.
  • Strong communicator with exceptional negotiation and problem-solving abilities.
  • Independent and adaptable, able to thrive in a fast-paced startup environment.


OPT Industries provides the following benefits to all full-time employees: Medical, Dental, STD, LTD, Life and AD&D Insurance, Tax Free Commuter Benefits, 401k, and more.

OPT Industries is an equal opportunity employer and strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination based upon an individual's race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, mental/physical disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.