Senior Counsel, Product

Remote - USA

Full Time Senior-level / Expert USD 210K+

We’re Coinbase. We’re the world’s most trusted way to join the crypto revolution, serving more than 73 million accounts in more than 100 countries. 

Our mission is to increase economic freedom around the world, and we couldn’t do this without hiring the best people. We’re a group of hard-working overachievers who are deeply focused on building the future of finance and Web 3.0 for our users across the globe, whether they’re trading, storing, staking or using crypto. Know those people who always lead the group project? That’s us.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we look for candidates who will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, and disrupt ourselves. Second, we expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach to our work. Finally, we seek people who are excited to learn about and live crypto, because those are the folks who enjoy the intense moments in our sprint and recharge work culture.

Ready to #LiveCrypto? Who you are:

  • You’ve got good vibes. You’re optimistic about the future and determined to get there. 
  • You’re never tired of learning. You want to be a pro in bleeding edge tech like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and Web 3.0. 
  • You appreciate direct communication. You’re both an active communicator and an eager listener - because let’s face it, you can’t have one without the other. You’re cool with candid feedback and see every setback as an opportunity to grow.
  • You can pivot on the fly. Crypto is constantly evolving, so our priorities do, too. What you worked on last month may not be what you work on today, and that excites you. You’re not looking for a boring job.
  • You have a “can do” attitude. Our teams create high-quality work on quick timelines. Owning a problem doesn’t scare you, but rather empowers you to take 100% responsibility for achieving our mission.
  • You want to be part of a winning team. We’re stronger together, and you’re a person who embraces being pushed out of your comfort zone.

Coinbase is leading the expansion of crypto into the mainstream. We are building a world-class legal team to support Coinbase and its affiliates as we continue to grow the company in the U.S. and internationally.  You will be working in a cutting edge and fast paced environment, where disruptive technologies and unconventional thinking are the norm.  Given the nascent state of the law, novel legal guidance is needed! 

We are looking for a highly motivated, entrepreneurial, and experienced attorney to serve as a Senior Counsel on our Product Legal team. In this role, you will be responsible for providing product counseling to the Platform product and engineering teams, who lead our initiatives in data infrastructure, payments, risk, client onboarding, identity and trust and safety.  This is your chance to provide cutting edge legal guidance in support of Coinbase’s mission to ensure that everyone has easy, reliable, and safe access to crypto!   

What you’ll be doing (ie. job duties):

  • Provide full product life-cycle counseling for a variety of Platform products. You will ensure product compliance with applicable U.S. and international laws and regulations, in close collaboration with colleagues across our Legal and Compliance teams. 
  • Provide thought leadership and strategic direction on novel digital currency, blockchain technology legal and regulatory issues.
  • Lead complex and global cross functional efforts, driving and ensuring cross-functional alignment with all internal stakeholders (Product/Engineering, Business Development/Sales, Regulatory Legal, Compliance).
  • Proactively identify and help to solve legal issues for the business teams as they plan and execute on an accelerated and aggressive global growth plan.
  • Provide practical in depth analysis on legal issues and risks, complex products and company policies in a risk-tolerant, but compliance-oriented environment, including any impact on the company's long-term strategy to business, compliance, and legal audiences.

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):

  • Currently licensed to practice law in a U.S. state. JD or equivalent with 7+ years of legal experience.
  • Substantial experience product counseling at a top tier tech or fintech company.
  • Experience working on identity, data systems, payments, onboarding and/or technical infrastructure products at a tech company. 
  • Familiarity with the following laws and agencies a plus: money transmission laws, banking and payment services regulations, global privacy regulations, data localization laws, securities regulations, sanctions laws, and CDA Section 230. 
  • Experience working with and leading cross-functional teams, including Product, Engineering, Finance, Tax, Compliance, Security, and colleagues within Legal.
  • Comfortable challenging the status quo and preconceived notions of what is possible. Get to “yes” approach in working with the business.
  • Excellent judgment, analytical rigor, clear communication, and business pragmatism.
  • Top-notch analytical skills with experience owning projects from concept to finish.
  • Team-oriented and collaborative, with curiosity and an eagerness to dive deep on subjects outside of your immediate area of expertise.

Nice to haves:

  • Substantial experience working in both large law firms and in-house

Sound cool?  Let's work together.

Notice for Colorado applicants as required by sb19-085 (8-5-20). Target annual salary for this role performed in Colorado, is $210,375 + target bonus + target equity + benefits (including medical, dental, vision and 401(k)).

Req ID: P29422


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