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Litigation & Regulatory Lead



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2023
Anthropic is seeking an outstanding counsel to lead litigation, dispute resolution, and regulatory matters related to our business. Our ideal candidate not only enjoys high level strategic brainstorming and problem solving with stakeholders but also loves day-to-day hands-on work, from managing outside counsel, developing and implementing policies and processes for all stages of litigation, and collaborating with stakeholders to develop tools to help make these processes seamless and efficient. This candidate’s impact will enable our teams to continue to do the work that advances our mission to responsibly develop and maintain advanced AI for the long-term benefit of humanity. As an early leader in our legal team, you'll help build a world-class function while tackling a wide range of challenges in a rapidly scaling startup.
About Anthropic
Anthropic is an AI safety and research company that’s working to build reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems. We want AI to be safe and beneficial for our customers and for society as a whole. Our interdisciplinary team has experience across ML, physics, policy, business and product.


  • Counsel across a broad range of litigation and regulatory matters, including intellectual property and commercial disputes and litigation as well as regulatory investigations and enforcement actions.
  • Manage and collaborate with outside counsel across all stages of litigation, from discovery, motion practice, trial preparation, and settlement negotiations.
  • Stay up to date on relevant laws, regulations, industry trends, and disseminate to key stakeholders these developments and their implications to Anthropic’s mission and business.
  • Develop internal processes, policies, and tools to support litigation and regulatory matters efficiently and at scale.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to collect pertinent information, evaluate risk, and formulate legal approaches to resolve disputes.

You may be a good fit if you:

  • Understand how to balance and advance business priorities while addressing legal risks at growth-stage companies with creativity and an openness to novel solutions.
  • Have a strong sense of responsibility and a desire to get things done, a curiosity and passion for technology, thrive in the face of challenges, and demonstrate wise decision-making in uncertain circumstances.
  • Are calm and collected in stressful situations and deftly navigate your role with as minimal disruption to the business as possible.
  • Communicate legal issues clearly and concisely to technical and business partners.
  • A team player who jumps in to solve problems and work well with others.

Strong candidates will also:

  • Have JD and active bar membership (California preferred).
  • Have 7+ years legal experience, with at least 5 years managing high-volume in-house litigation and regulatory matters.
  • Have a deep substantive knowledge in litigation procedure and regulatory response.
  • Have strong organizational skills.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication, analytical, collaboration, and interpersonal skills.
  • Be a motivated self-starter able to multi-task and juggle multiple priorities in a dynamic environment.
  • Have authentic integrity and a deep understanding of the importance of ethics in business.

Annual Salary (USD)

  • The expected salary range for this position is $275k - $350k USD.
Location-based hybrid policy: Currently, we expect this position to be in office at least 75% of the time.
Deadline to apply: None. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
US visa sponsorship: We do sponsor visas! However, we aren't able to successfully sponsor visas for every role and every candidate; operations roles are especially difficult to support. But if we make you an offer, we will make every effort to get you into the United States, and we retain an immigration lawyer to help with this.
We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet every single qualification. Not all strong candidates will meet every single qualification as listed. Research shows that people who identify as being from underrepresented groups are more prone to experiencing imposter syndrome and doubting the strength of their candidacy, so we urge you not to exclude yourself prematurely and to submit an application if you're interested in this work. We think AI systems like the ones we're building have enormous social and ethical implications. We think this makes representation even more important, and we strive to include a range of diverse perspectives on our team.
Compensation and Benefits*
Anthropic’s compensation package consists of three elements: salary, equity, and benefits. We are committed to pay fairness and aim for these three elements collectively to be highly competitive with market rates.
Equity - On top of this position's salary (listed above), equity will be a major component of the total compensation. We aim to offer higher-than-average equity compensation for a company of our size, and communicate equity amounts at the time of offer issuance.
US Benefits - The following benefits are for our US-based employees:
- Optional equity donation matching at a 3:1 ratio, up to 50% of your equity grant.
- Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance for you and all your dependents.
- 401(k) plan with 4% matching.
- 21 weeks of paid parental leave.
- Unlimited PTO – most staff take between 4-6 weeks each year, sometimes more!
- Stipends for education, home office improvements, commuting, and wellness.
- Fertility benefits via Carrot.
- Daily lunches and snacks in our office.
- Relocation support for those moving to the Bay Area.
UK Benefits - The following benefits are for our UK-based employees:
- Optional equity donation matching at a 3:1 ratio, up to 50% of your equity grant.
- Private health, dental, and vision insurance for you and your dependents.
- Pension contribution (matching 4% of your salary).
- 21 weeks of paid parental leave.
- Unlimited PTO – most staff take between 4-6 weeks each year, sometimes more!
- Health cash plan.
- Life insurance and income protection.
- Daily lunches and snacks in our office.
* This compensation and benefits information is based on Anthropic’s good faith estimate for this position as of the date of publication and may be modified in the future. Employees based outside of the UK or US will receive a different benefits package. The level of pay within the range will depend on a variety of job-related factors, including where you place on our internal performance ladders, which is based on factors including past work experience, relevant education, and performance on our interviews or in a work trial.
How we're different
We believe that the highest-impact AI research will be big science. At Anthropic we work as a single cohesive team on just a few large-scale research efforts. And we value impact — advancing our long-term goals of steerable, trustworthy AI — rather than work on smaller and more specific puzzles. We view AI research as an empirical science, which has as much in common with physics and biology as with traditional efforts in computer science. We're an extremely collaborative group, and we host frequent research discussions to ensure that we are pursuing the highest-impact work at any given time. As such, we greatly value communication skills. We do not have boundaries between engineering and research, and we expect all of our technical staff to contribute to both as needed.
The easiest way to understand our research directions is to read our recent research. This research continues many of the directions our team worked on prior to Anthropic, including: GPT-3, Circuit-Based Interpretability, Multimodal Neurons, Scaling Laws, AI & Compute, Concrete Problems in AI Safety, and Learning from Human Preferences.
Come work with us!
Anthropic is a public benefit corporation based in San Francisco. We offer competitive compensation and benefits, optional equity donation matching, generous vacation and parental leave, flexible working hours, and a lovely office space in which to collaborate with colleagues.