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Associate Corporate Counsel

Legal | South San Francisco, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Allogene Therapeutics, with headquarters in South San Francisco, is a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of allogeneic chimeric antigen receptor T cell (AlloCAR T™) therapies for cancer. Led by a management team with significant experience in cell therapy, Allogene is developing a pipeline of “off-the-shelf” CAR T cell therapy candidates with the goal of delivering readily available cell therapy on-demand, more reliably, and at greater scale to more patients. For more information, please visit, and follow @AllogeneTx on Twitter and LinkedIn. 

Position: Associate Corporate Counsel

Location: South San Francisco, CA 

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, Corporate Counsel, the Associate Corporate Counsel will assist with corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives. The Associate Corporate Counsel will provide senior management with effective advice on company strategies and their implementation, help manage the legal function, and obtain and oversee the work of outside counsel. The Associate Corporate Counsel will be directly involved in complex business transactions and negotiating critical contracts.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participate in the definition and development of corporate policies, procedures and programs
  • Provide continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters
  • Negotiate, draft, review, summarize, research, and execute a wide variety of agreements, including employment contracts, master service agreements, materials transfer agreements, clinical trial agreements, license agreements, real estate leases, confidentiality agreements, and other general business contracts
  • Assist in the preparation and review of SEC reports (10Ks, 10Qs, 8Ks, Forms 3, 4 and 5, Proxy Statements)
  • Oversee and implement compliance with requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), as applicable
  • Manage diligence activities in connection with financing activities, acquisitions, partnerships and other business transactions
  • Select, retain, manage and evaluate outside counsel
  • Advise executives within the company and work alongside employees in various business units (clinical, regulatory, manufacturing, operations)
  • Manage various projects and deadlines including ontracts and other databases
  • Advise executives on contract status, legal risks and business terms of various deals
  • Provide assistance with joint ventures, strategic partnership deals, and mergers and acquisitions
  • Research unique legal issues impacting the organization by identifying applicable statutes, judicial decisions, and codes
  • Review press releases, advertising and marketing materials to ensure compliance with legal requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned

 Position Requirements & Experience:

  • J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school, and admission before the CA State bar or as in-house counsel with at least 2 years of experience legal experience in a business environment, preferably in a biotech or pharmaceutical industry
  • Overall broad legal knowledge (contracts, securities, corporate governance, etc.)
  • Experience drafting and negotiating a wide variety of agreements (employment contracts, master service agreements, materials transfer agreements, license agreements, real estate leases, purchase agreements, confidentiality agreements, clinical trial agreements and other general business contracts)
  • Experience working on matters of corporate governance and with a board of directors
  • Well-versed in operation of business with the ability to develop legal strategy and objectives
  • First class interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with a variety of contacts, including outside attorneys, senior management, and business associates
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity with excellent judgment and analytical skills
  • The successful candidate will have a strong client service focus, the ability to work independently and in teams, to work efficiently, to prioritize workflow, and to meet demanding deadlines in a fast-paced, start-up environment
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.

As an equal opportunity employer, Allogene Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws.