Corporate Counsel



Belfast, ME, USA · Burlington, VT, USA · United States · Atlanta, GA, USA · Austin, TX, USA · Remote
Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2023

Join us as we work to create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.

Corporate Counsel

Reporting to a senior member of the Legal team in the company’s Massachusetts headquarters, the Corporate Counsel should be a bright, energetic, business-minded and self-motivated transactional attorney with 2-5 years of data privacy/security, health care specific regulatory, commercial, and transactional experience.

Job Responsibilities

  • Contribute to vision and mission of athenahealth by partnering with all functions to enhance strategic possibilities with an eye to all legal aspects. Influence privacy, security, and corporate practices, as well as our sales and account management, product development, and marketing strategies.

  • Identify regulatory and industry specific legal considerations and corresponding risk management strategies. This will require research and understanding of a variety of regulatory regimes including HIPAA, FTC, state-based privacy and security laws, ERISA, FDA, etc.

  • Assist with regulatory (including healthcare, consumer privacy, AI, and relevant emerging technology topics) research and advice.

  • Assist with other general legal matters to be assigned as company needs warrant.

  • Negotiate privacy and data use provisions, consistent with the company’s strategy and goals.

  • Review, draft (from forms and from scratch), negotiate, and close commercial contracts, including sales, channels and vendor contracts, RFP responses, research memos, BAAs, and supporting documents.

  • Assist more senior attorneys and management in higher level transactional matters, as needed.

  • Provide ongoing legal advice and support to the sales, product, marketing, account management, and business development teams.

  • Independently lead vendor deals to closure.

  • Collaborate with other attorneys in the Legal Department as a subject matter expert.

  • Support members of the corporate development and strategy teams on privacy and security-related legal matters, including areas related to partnerships, acquisitions, integrations, and other business development opportunities.

  • Support transactional work, as needed (e.g., M&A and strategic investments).

Typical Qualifications

  • J.D. from a well-recognized law school; and excellent academic credentials.

  • Admitted to the Massachusetts state bar or another U.S. state bar.

  • 2-5 years of business, regulatory or contracts experience required.

  • Regulatory experience especially health industry is preferred.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with the ability and willingness to spend the time necessary to meet demanding deadlines and adjust to shifting priorities in a fast-paced and high stress environment.

  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, with both business acumen and legal skills.

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to communicate concisely to clients & employees, to integrate legal and business knowledge and to provide balanced advice regarding risks.

Required of all employees of the Legal Department:

  • Self-Starter

  • Excellent written and verbal communication

  • Meticulous attention to detail and process

  • Ability to maintain poise and a sense of humor in stressful situations

For candidates located in California, Colorado, New York City, and Westchester County (NY), please visit the following link for pay range information:

About athenahealth

Here’s our vision: To create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.

What’s unique about our locations?
From an historic, 19th century arsenal to a converted, landmark power plant, all of athenahealth’s offices were carefully chosen to represent our innovative spirit and promote the most positive and productive work environment for our teams. Our 10 offices across the United States and India — plus numerous remote employees — all work to modernize the healthcare experience, together.

Our company culture might be our best feature.
We don't take ourselves too seriously. But our work? That’s another story. athenahealth develops and implements products and services that support US healthcare: It’s our chance to create healthier futures for ourselves, for our family and friends, for everyone.

Our vibrant and talented employees — or athenistas, as we call ourselves — spark the innovation and passion needed to accomplish our goal. We continue to expand our workforce with amazing people who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives at every level, and foster an environment where every athenista feels comfortable bringing their best selves to work.

Our size makes a difference, too: We are small enough that your individual contributions will stand out — but large enough to grow your career with our resources and established business stability.

Giving back is integral to our culture. Our athenaGives platform strives to support food security, expand access to high-quality healthcare for all, and support STEM education to develop providers and technologists who will provide access to high-quality healthcare for all in the future. As part of the evolution of athenahealth’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, we’ve selected nonprofit partners that align with our purpose and let us foster long-term partnerships for charitable giving, employee volunteerism, insight sharing, collaboration, and cross-team engagement.

What can we do for you?
Along with health and financial benefits, athenistas enjoy perks specific to each location, including commuter support, employee assistance programs, tuition assistance, employee resource groups, and collaborative workspaces — some offices even welcome dogs.

In addition to our traditional benefits and perks, we sponsor events throughout the year, including book clubs, external speakers, and hackathons. And we provide athenistas with a company culture based on learning, the support of an engaged team, and an inclusive environment where all employees are valued.

We also encourage a better work-life balance for athenistas with our flexibility. While we know in-office collaboration is critical to our vision, we recognize that not all work needs to be done within an office environment, full-time. With consistent communication and digital collaboration tools, athenahealth enables employees to find a balance that feels fulfilling and productive for each individual situation.