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Corporate Counsel I

Requisition ID: R10050554

  • Category IconCategory: Legal and Regulatory
  • Location IconLocation: Falls Church, VA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman’s Law Department is currently seeking a Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property (IP) who will be responsible for providing expert legal support to one of the Company’s business sectors in the DC metropolitan area.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with and advising law department colleagues, business partners, and management on a wide range of complex IP issues

  • Applying expertise in government contract IP matters, commercial transactions, IP licensing, managing patent and trademark portfolios, and managing IP enforcement actions, including managing outside counsel

  • Leading development and implementation of IP strategy in priority areas

  • Develop understanding of Company and Sector’s business and technology strategies, with deeper knowledge in key technology areas

  • Highly-motivated individual with strong analytical skills, strategic thinking, judgment, sense of accountability, integrity and a record of managing complex intellectual property matters

  • Ability to provide accurate, timely, and pragmatic advice

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to work in a collaborative and inclusive environment, with the ability to engage and motivate others through thought leadership

  • Strong time-management and organizational skills, responsiveness, and a demonstrated ability to balance multiple competing priorities

Basic Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor degree and Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific field

  • Active state bar membership and registration to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • 7+ years IP experience in a law firm, government, or as in-house counsel

  • Experience in intellectual property-related transactions and negotiations, and/or protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights including patents, trade secrets, data, software, trademarks, and copyrights

  • Active U.S. Security Clearance or ability to obtain one

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Significant experience with U.S. government contract intellectual property regulations (FAR and DFARS) and complex issues relating to technical data and computer software

  • Experience with international intellectual property issues and transactions

  • Experience developing and managing global intellectual property portfolios


Salary Range: $188,800 USD - $271,400 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.