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Corporate Counsel



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024

About Anthropic

Anthropic’s mission is to create reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems. We want AI to be safe and beneficial for our users and for society as a whole. Our team is a quickly growing group of committed researchers, engineers, policy experts, and business leaders working together to build beneficial AI systems.

About the Role:

We are seeking an experienced Corporate Counsel to join Anthropic's legal team based in San Francisco. A mission-driven corporate governance innovator (see, e.g., our Long-Term Benefit Trust and Responsible Scaling Policy) that is also one of the fastest growing businesses of all time, you would be hard pressed to imagine a more dynamic, impactful place to practice corporate law. As the second corporate lawyer in Anthropic’s fast-growing legal team, you will play a role in a broad range of mission-critical areas including Anthropic's corporate governance, global expansion and subsidiary management, equity programs and strategic projects as we continue to scale. You will work closely with senior leadership and cross-functional partners in this highly visible and impactful position. This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of Anthropic's corporate legal function. If you are a collaborative, results-driven professional with a passion for corporate work and a desire to make a real impact, we would love to hear from you.


  • Support fundraising efforts, including assisting with due diligence, drafting and reviewing financing documents
  • Manage global entity formation and management,
  • Assist the GC and AGC Corporate with corporate governance
  • Partner with Finance and People teams to administer Anthropic's equity and donation matching programs
  • Advise on M&A and strategic investment opportunities; help draft and negotiate term sheets and definitive agreements
  • Partner across the legal team, and company, on special projects. Continuously improve processes and best practices; create and maintain templates, playbooks, policies
  • Provide practical, business-oriented legal advice to stakeholders across the company

You may be a good fit if you:

  • J.D. and member of at least one U.S. state bar
  • 6-8 years of relevant experience at a major law firm and/or high-growth technology company
  • Strong corporate generalist skillset with expertise in securities law, foreign subsidiary management, governance, equity compensation and M&A
  • Excellent communication, influencing and stakeholder management abilities
  • Strategic thinker with sound business judgment who can balance legal and business considerations
  • Strong project management skills and ability to drive initiatives proactively
  • Team player eager to contribute to Anthropic's growth and build the legal function
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and working in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment
  • Mission-driven and passionate about technology for good

Strong candidates may also:

  • Have a demonstrated ability to build long-standing efficient processes
  • Demonstrate a track record of building strong cross-functional partnerships
  • Have experience with complex equity compensation issues, including managing secondaries and tender offers
  • Possess excellent project management skills and a history of driving strategic legal initiatives that have a significant business impact
  • Bring prior experience working in a fast-paced, high-growth startup environment
  • Approach their work with a blend of humility and confidence, understanding that every contribution matters in a high-growth startup environment

Deadline to apply: None. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The expected salary range for this position is:

Annual Salary:
$300,000$300,000 USD


Location-based hybrid policy: Currently, we expect all staff to be in one of our offices at least 25% of the time. However, some roles may require more time in our offices.

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.
  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance for you and all your dependents.
  • 401(k) plan with 4% matching.
  • 22 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.
  • 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.

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 headquartered 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.