Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Attorney - SF

Alchemy Legal - San Francisco, CA

Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Attorney – San Francisco, California


One of our large national firms has an immediate opening for an Emerging Companies & Venture Capital (ECVC) Innovation Attorney. The ideal candidate is passionate about law and innovation in the business of law, particularly around the process of delivering advice to startup companies. This position will have a wide array of responsibilities. This individual will need to focus on maintaining a highly ranked legal department, be a change agent, and implement efficient and innovative client experiences. This role’s primary responsibility will be in the knowledge management/technology innovation space and will work with the ECVC practice group to develop content and contribute to technology solutions to support the efficient handling of matters and knowledge transfer. Candidates who desire to continue a traditional ECVC counseling practice (formation, financing and general counseling) will also be considered provided such traditional practice does not consume a majority of that individual’s time.


Essential Functions:

  • Practice Support Strategy: Assess the relevant knowledge needs, define and implement a plan to meet those needs, and establish mechanisms for regular review of the plan. This individual will focus on goal-setting, being a visionary, and staying ahead of industry trends.
  • Knowledge Management (KM) Content Development: In coordination with an approval committee, create and maintain a collection of practice-specific resources, such as templates, checklists and other know-how, to facilitate knowledge reuse, primarily in the areas of: (1) entity formations, (2) issuer financings, (3) equity compensation plans, and (4) additional project types identified by the ECVC group (collectively, the “Core Project Types”). Work with a document assembly specialist to update and test automated templates. Develop and implement best practices across the ECVC group, such as checklists and standard processes and protocols for common tasks. Work with Technology and KM to evaluate new technologies for use by the ECVC group, and if adopted, consult on any customization for the group. Additional projects as may arise from time to time related to practice improvement.
  • Practice Support: Assist the ECVC group and maintain market knowledge by producing initial drafts for the Core Project Types for client billable work. Assist in coordination of attorney training and development; serve as a resource to junior attorneys. May also be asked to assist in experience tracking for ECVC group and individual attorneys.
  • Outreach and Education: Promote and facilitate adoption and use of KM content and automated templates. Ensure ECVC group is aware of available technology solutions, including risks, benefits and best practices.
  • Technology Liaison: As needed, serve on and chair an ECVC Tech Committee and coordinate with other related practice Technology Committees. Work with Technology and KM to implement, train on and facilitate adoption of new technologies and workflows for the ECVC group. Development, evaluation, implementation, and support of technology solutions through the department.


Specific Skills Required:
Enthusiastic about innovation and how to streamline processes. Willingness and aptitude to “get into the weeds” on practice groups forms and legal questions. Strong leadership skills, excellent project management skills, attention to detail, and the ability to meet tight deadlines. Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills, including the ability to translate information between technical personnel and attorneys. Ability to analyze a problem/project quickly and accurately and to develop creative solutions. Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to build trust and relationships and motivate others. Strong troubleshooting and problem-solving skills. Fluent in standard MS Office applications and ability to quickly master new collaboration and similar software and tools. Ability to exercise independent judgment and self-direct while also working cross-functionally with various teams across the organization. Work directly with third-party vendor management programs. Demonstration of sound business and legal discernment with a self-starter mindset while maintaining a flexible and hard-working mentality.


Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s and Juris Doctorate degrees. Four or more years’ experience practicing in an emerging companies & venture capital practice, with experience in leading and managing formation, venture financing and mergers & acquisitions transactions. Successful track record in client service. Experience with knowledge management, project management and document assembly (HotDocs) and collaboration technologies is not required but is certainly a plus.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience, salary is flexible.

Prestigious law firm provides great environment and working atmosphere.

To hear more (confidentially of course), please email your resume along with salary expectations.

*Referral fee applies only if and when the candidate referred to us is hired by the firm seeking candidates.

Thank you,


Ivonne Garcia

Recruiting / Account Management


Posted On: Saturday, March 7, 2020

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