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Senior Counsel - IP/Technology

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Date Posted: Sep 21, 2022

Location(s): New York, NY, US, 10166

Company: MetLife

At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.


Role Value Proposition: 


MetLife is seeking a dynamic attorney with technology experience to advise members of the enterprise, including senior leaders, on issues related to information technology and information security, including cybersecurity. This individual will support a variety of technology needs, from MetLife’s internal enterprise IT needs to information security issues pertaining to customer-facing insurance products and services. This role will work closely and collaboratively with professionals across Legal Affairs and Compliance to provide support to Global Technology and Operations (GTO) and MetLife’s domestic and global businesses. The role requires the ability to understand new internal end-user enabling technologies being acquired, developed or rolled out within and across the enterprise as well as products, platforms and other digital offerings provided or offered by MetLife’s various businesses.




This role sits within the Section of the Law Department focused on Global Technology and Operations, Employment, Benefits and Information (GEBI).  This Section provides strategic legal advice across the enterprise on a wide variety of issues, including those associated with both the businesses and support functions of the enterprise.  Its members strive to provide actionable advice that considers commercial implications and to become trusted advisors to their business partners around the globe.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Review, draft, and negotiate a wide variety of (i) commercial agreements with a principle focus on technology, including master services agreements, software licensing agreements, software and application development agreements, SaaS/cloud services agreements, and (ii) customer agreement provisions related to technology, cybersecurity and intellectual property.
  • Advise on legal issues related to cloud computing, outsourcing and information security across the full technology lifecycle, from procurement, development, and implementation/deployment for both (i) enterprise technology and (ii) core products offered and developed by lines of business.
  • Engage with leaders within GTO, U.S. Business, Investments, Marketing and businesses in the regions about legal issues involved with the acquisition and implementation of new technology.
  • Support M&A and other third-party deals serving as an advisor on IT issues, including those related to software, hardware and services.
  • Track and provide guidance on changes in laws affecting technology and breaches of technology by unauthorized parties, particularly with respect to financial services companies.


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:



  • 6+ years of experience at a major law firm and/or in-house legal department working on technology issues, technology transactions or advising, reflecting a record of accomplishment.
  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.
  • Admitted to a state bar and eligible to be appointed as in-house counsel in New Yorker appropriate) bar.
  • Exhibits crisp, clear oral and written communication skills; demonstrates command of contract drafting and negotiation and the ability to analyze and reduce legal issues to straightforward, practical advice to be provided to business partners, including senior leaders.



  • Has experience in any of the following areas: insurance and/or other regulated financial services, navigating multinational organizations and international laws and regulations, or intellectual property.
  • Possesses familiarity with privacy laws and intellectual property laws.
  • Demonstrates persuasion and leadership skills, especially in the context of the ability to relate to different stakeholders, business partners and colleagues.
  • Capable of thriving in a fast-paced environment.



MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with $642.4 billion of total assets under management as of March 31, 2021. We are ranked #46 on the Fortune 500 list for 2021. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies. We are proud to have been named to Fortune magazine’s 2021 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.”      


MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world.


We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  For further information about how to request a reasonable accommodation, please click on the Disability Accommodations link below.


MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.


Nearest Major Market: New York City