Assistant General Counsel, Corporate


Gaithersburg, MD, US, 20879


We go where others won’t, taking on some of the biggest public health challenges to protect and enhance millions of lives, and create a better, more secure world. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect and enhance life.

The Assistant General Counsel is a corporate generalist with the ability to handle a wide variety of legal issues.  The Assistant General Counsel will provide strategic advice and assistance in the areas of corporate governance, public company reporting, entity management, mergers and acquisitions and other projects as assigned.     

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

•    Provide guidance on corporate governance matters and relevant laws, rules and regulations, including SEC reporting and disclosure, compensation, and other public company matters. 
•    Support the preparation and organization of materials for Board and Committee meetings. 
•    Support the preparation and maintenance of corporate documents. 
•    Support public company governance and compliance matters (including earnings release process, stockholders' meetings, investor presentations, etc.) 
•    Serve as one of the principal legal advisors on corporate transactions; manage and support related due diligence, negotiation, and preparation of term sheets and definitive agreements. 
•    Assist with corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions. 
•    Draft, negotiate, and interpret non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), letters of intent (LOIs), and other corporate agreements. 
•    Support subsidiary management of corporate affiliates. 
•    Provide legal support for ad-hoc projects coming from various departments. 
•    Manage and/or collaborate with corporate paralegal staff regarding SEC and NYSE reporting and compliance activities, M&A matters, and corporate governance matters. 
•    Assume additional areas of responsibility, special assignments, or projects as assigned by the VP, Corporate Legal Affairs from time to time. 

The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects management’s assignment of essential functions. 

Education: J.D. and membership in good standing with at least one state bar  
Experience: 7-10 years of experience as a corporate generalist 
Knowledge: Knowledge of state law corporate matters, and financial and strategic transactions, securities law, SEC and NYSE reporting and compliance, and corporate governance matters, and general legal knowledge sufficient to support the legal team when time allows in other areas, including domestic and international subsidiary management. 
Skills and Abilities:  
•    Excellent oral and written skills 
•    Self-motivated, strong leadership, works well independently on projects, meet aggressive deadlines, handle multiple projects, technical knowledge, business acumen, and excellent communication skills 
•    Sound conflict resolution skills and ability to work in a collaborative, global environment 
•    Effective decision making; proven ability to assess and calibrate and effectively communicate legal risks to senior management and others. 
•    High level of legal innovation and cross functional capacity; ability to cross functional innovative initiatives 
•    Effectively issue spot and identify risk to analyze and provide business-minded advise. 
•    Lead educational sessions for legal group and company 
•    Manage outside counsel as needed 
•    Team-oriented with a strong sense of humor.  


Per CDC guidelines, Emergent strongly recommends that all employees working on site are vaccinated to help ensure their safety, as well as the safety of fellow employees. This includes the use of good judgment when determining when the CDC guidelines advise that you stay home when ill. 

There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This information is available upon request from the candidate.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all essential functions.

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values the diversity of our workforce.  Emergent does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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Protecting and Enhancing 1 billion lives by 2030 focuses our energy to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience the fullness of life.

Our drive towards this vision informs all of our actions—whether it is our approach to product development, manufacturing, encouraging employee health and wellness or giving back to the community—we strive every day to achieve this shared goal.


  • Lead with Integrity
    • We gain trust and confidence through ethics, quality, and compliance excellence
  • Stand shoulder to shoulder no matter what
    • We combine our best thinking and communicate openly to support each other.
  • Own it always
    • Every person at Emergent is engaged and accountable for delivering on our commitments.
  • Break through thinking
    • We take smart risks, pursue innovation and challenge ourselves to constantly improve.
  • Compete where it counts
    • We set the right goals and respect each other as we conquer them together.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC