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Counsel - North America

Company: Pearson
Location: Salt Lake City
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Counsel - North America - ( 2106563 )


We are the world's learning company with more than 21,000 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.

We value diversity, equity and inclusion. We value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We seek to infuse diversity and inclusion in everything we do while promoting a culture where differences are embraced as strengths; opportunities are equal and accessible; consideration and respect are the norm; and all team members are supported in reaching their full potential.

Through our talent, we believe that diversity and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.

To learn more about Pearson's commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce please click here The Power of Difference at

This role is for Counsel, North America and can be based remotely

Reporting to VP, Senior Counsel, Higher Education, North America Courseware, Antitrust/Competition.

The Counsel will act as legal counsel to one or more of the following groups: (1) Higher Education; (2) Pearson Canada; (3) Higher Ed Sales; (4) Higher Ed Services; and (5) North America marketing (the "Pearson Groups").

In that capacity, the Counsel will provide strategic legal advice and guidance to the business on highly complex, high-risk legal matters. The Counsel will act as the primary "go-to" person for both clients and other members of the legal department for legal matters involving one or more of the Pearson Groups, as designated by the VP, Senior Counsel.

The Counsel will be able to leverage support from the Transaction Services Center (the "TSC"), but will also be responsible for negotiating and drafting complex transactional documents, including, but not limited to, technology and other IP licenses, distribution agreements, publishing agreements, development agreements, and services agreements. Knowledge of IP, technology and privacy law will be a plus. The Counsel will be responsible for developing and maintaining form agreements and playbooks for use by the TSC. The Counsel will be expected to provide proactive, strategic legal input in respect of the Pearson Group's legal, commercial, managerial and organizational issues and will work closely with other members of the global legal department, external legal counsel, senior management and employees at all levels of the organization.

The Counsel will also be expected to work with other legal groups within Pearson to create efficiencies and develop consistencies in legal approaches in connection with matters that are handled in different legal groups.


Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



* Law degree (J.D.) from a well-regarded and accredited university or law school

* Admitted and in good standing to practice law in at least one US state

* Minimum of four (4) years of experience as a practicing lawyer, with a well-regarded law firm and/or a corporation, preferably in the publishing or digital media sectors

* Knowledge of IP, technology and privacy law preferred

* Ability to understand business objectives and assess risk, and to provide sound legal advice that is responsive to the business needs

* Strong organizational skills, with the ability to work independently and accurately under tight deadlines

* Ability to manage a challenging workload independently in a fast-paced work environment, while exercising good judgment and making sound decisions

* Extremely detail-oriented, proactive, efficient and able to multi-task, prioritize and follow projects through to completion

* Strong written and verbal communication skills (including good listening skills) and the ability to communicate and interact effectively with business counterparts at all levels of the organization

* Ability to lead and/or work well in a cross-functional, team environment

* Versatile and self-motivated individual with the ability to think creatively on matters requiring creative alternatives and solutions

The anticipated starting salary range for Colorado-based individuals expressing interest in this position is $110K to $120K. This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program.

Benefits available to eligible employees can be seen at:


Primary Location : US-RE-Remote

Work Locations :



Job : Legal

Organization : Legal

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Shift : Day Job

Job Posting : May 10, 2021

Job Unposting : Ongoing

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2106563

Keywords: Pearson, Salt Lake City , Counsel - North America, Other , Salt Lake City, Utah

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