Corporate Counsel

1 month agoSouth San Francisco, CA

About Plenty

Plenty is on a mission to make fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables more accessible to everyone. Our cutting-edge indoor, vertical farms produce extraordinary yields using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need. Nutrient-rich, mouth-watering and locally grown, our crops help people, communities and our planet to be healthier and more resilient.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do this. We are a collaborative and innovative bunch. We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously. We’re down to Earth, we grow together, and we always find a way. Most importantly, we’re here to improve the lives of plants, people and our planet.

About the role

Plenty is looking for an ambitious attorney to join our Legal team. The Legal team needs your support to help grow our team and help tackle the range of issues we encounter every day. In this role, you will support the procurement team and all other internal groups with structuring, drafting, negotiating and advising on commercial agreements, and serving as the escalation point for general legal questions and issues. In addition, you will be asked to share the load on key special projects as they arise – which could range from exploring the regulatory landscape of food production and processing and how it applies to our systems, to unique and complicated financial transactions, to understanding the requirements to keep bees. We can also promise that you’ll get your hands dirty. Come be a flavor farmer with us.

What you'll do

  • Draft and negotiate a wide variety of contracts, including commercial agreements, real estate and construction contracts, software licenses, consulting and other services agreements, and confidentiality agreements
  • Update and improve our suite of form agreements and other documents
  • Develop and improve cross-functional workflows, guidelines and playbooks to provide efficient legal support to the business
  • Level up the legal acumen of the business by training and coaching teammates on contract law and best practices
  • Work closely with business leaders and individual contributors across the organization to identify, understand and develop solutions for complex regulatory challenges
  • Help to formulate strategy and process for, coordinate drafting and negotiation of, and execute on a variety of strategic transactions (e.g., potential M&A activity, asset acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial partnerships, etc.)
  • Dive deep into the history of the business and its relationships to provide practical guidance to internal clients
  • Generally be ready to help handle whatever arises – we’re a startup, and every day is different!

What you'll bring to the table

  • J.D. degree from top law school and licensed to practice law in at least one state in the USA
  • Minimum 5+ years overall work experience as an attorney (at a top law firm and/or in-house)
  • Experience in any or all of the following subject matters a plus (but not required): 
    • Commercial contracts

    • Licensing and other technology transfer transactions

    • Securities, project finance and/or debt finance transactions

    • Tax and corporate subsidiary matters

    • Real estate or construction law

    • Corporate governance and pre-IPO readiness

    • Regulatory and compliance matters in agriculture or other fields

    • Employment law
  • A desire for a fast-paced, complex and constantly evolving environment, where you will be a force to create structure for a growing organization while being adaptable enough to roll with the punches
  • Ability to quickly and proactively master new legal subject matter areas, and curiosity to enjoy the ride
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills, as well as ability to effectively interface and partner with business leads in various departments
  • Experience managing outside counsel and/or coordinating legal subject matter experts
  • Passion for fresh, delicious produce, global nutrition and preserving our planet’s agricultural and environmental resources.

Type of role


What we can offer 

  • Compensation: we’ll pay you a competitive salary, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K 
  • Health & well-being: we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters 
  • Food: in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together: learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment: we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off: we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so we don’t cap the amount of days you can take off per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave: 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition

Food Safety Requirement

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations.

Job ID: 4017806002

Perks and Benefits

  • Financial And Retirement
    • 401(k) with company matching
    • company equity
    • relocation assistance
  • Health And Wellness
    • health insurance
    • dental insurance
    • vision insurance
    • life insurance
    • short-term disability
    • long-term disability
    • HSA account
    • wellness program
    • on-site gym
    • FSA account
  • Office Life And Perks
    • commuter benefits program
    • casual dress
    • happy hours
    • snacks
    • some meals provided
    • company outings
  • Professional Development
    • promote from within
    • lunch and learns
  • Vacation And Time Off
    • leave of absence
    • unlimited vacation
    • paid holidays
    • personal/sick days
    • maternity leave
    • paternity leave