Corporate Counsel

Seattle, San Francisco, or hybrid /
Legal /
Carbon Direct is decarbonizing the global economy. 

What is Carbon Direct? 
We are a team of scientists, engineers, and innovators with a shared goal of reducing atmospheric CO2 by scaling carbon management.

What do we do?
We operate two distinct businesses:
- Advisory & Software: We work with Fortune 500 corporate clients like Microsoft, Shopify, and Alaska Airlines to develop long-term carbon management plans. We’re also building a platform to facilitate the procurement, purchasing, and monitoring of carbon removals, helping make net zero emissions a reality for all businesses.
- Investments: We scale the supply of quality removals by investing in high-potential technologies vetted by science-backed sourcing and diligence. 

The science is clear: we need to pair CO2 emission reductions with removals to limit global temperatures to 1.5C, and the time to act is now. Our 40+ leading scientists have expertise in all areas of carbon management, from carbon footprinting to carbon removal procurement, and their insight guides our work.

Our team is data-centric, diverse, and purpose-driven. Join us on one of the greatest journeys of our lifetimes: the transition to net-zero.

The Role

Carbon Direct is looking for a talented, motivated attorney with strong business acumen and commercial transactions experience to be a founding member of our Legal team. This person will partner closely with our tech, science, and advisory teams to support our growing business. Responsibilities will include advising our teams on general business and contract issues, as well as copyright, technology, regulatory and related matters. You should be able to work efficiently and independently, easily switch gears, maintain a high level of professionalism, integrity and discretion in handling confidential information, and have the proven ability to work well with internal and external stakeholders.


    • Serve as primary counsel to Carbon Direct’s commercial and advisory teams
    • Structure, draft and negotiate a wide variety of client advisory and commercial agreements
    • Contribute to the creation and maintenance of contract templates, policies, and playbooks 
    • Help drive the company from the legal perspective working with management and stakeholders to unblock legal hurdles
    • Oversight and responsibility on regulatory matters, contracts, trademark, employment law, corporate governance and policies related to the organization
    • Ensure the availability and quality of proficient, timely legal services, processes and systems across the company
    • Develop creative, well-reasoned and analyzed solutions satisfying both business and legal interests
    • Balance legal risk and business savvy to move forward with decisions that make sense
    • Contribute to legal strategy, company priorities and team development


    • Demonstrated related professional experience - multiple years of post-qualification law practice.
    • J.D. or equivalent degree and bar license in good standing; California and Washington state preferred
    • Exceptional drafting, negotiation, communication (written and verbal), and interpersonal skills.
    • Demonstrable experience innovating new processes to streamline operations and increase efficiency, transparency, and comprehension between client teams and legal.
    • Experience working with multinational corporations and/or clients and possessing a strong ability to facilitate communications.
    • Self-starter with the ability to handle complex issues with minimal guidance.
    • Experience at law firms and in-house at technology platforms or startup-stage companies preferred.
    • Highly organized and energetic, able to navigate a fast-paced environment and be able to effectively serve deadline-oriented clients.
    • Bachelor’s degree plus a Juris Doctorate from a top-tier ABA-accredited law school.

    • For this role, we have a slight preference for candidates based in the Seattle or San Francisco metro areas.

Carbon Direct has a flexible, remote-friendly culture and we support our employees with their remote work set-up needs.

We also offer a competitive benefits package including comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, voluntary 401k contributions, paid parental leave, and generous paid time off.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way Carbon Direct selects and approaches the climate crisis, as well as the creativity and applicability of Carbon Direct's advisory and investment work.

Carbon Direct is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. We adhere rigorously to our equal employment opportunity policies in connection with all employment decisions, including hiring, compensation and promotion.