Senior Corporate Counsel, IP & Privacy

Date: Jul 16, 2024

Location: LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 60045-5202 CHICAGO, IL, US, 60603-4013

Company: Grainger Businesses


Work Location Type: Hybrid 


As a leading industrial distributor with operations primarily in North America, Japan and the United Kingdom, We Keep The World Working® by serving more than 4.5 million customers worldwide with products delivered through innovative technology and deep customer relationships. With 2023 sales of $16.5 billion, we’re dedicated to providing value for customers, fostering an engaging culture for team members and driving strong financial results.


Our welcoming workplace enables you to learn, grow and make a difference by keeping businesses running and their people safe. As a 2024 Glassdoor Best Place to Work and a Great Place to Work-Certified™ company, we’re looking for passionate people to join our team as we continue leading the industry over our next 100 years.

Position Details:
The Senior Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property (IP) & Privacy, serves as an important resource on intellectual property and privacy law matters.  We are looking for a Senior Corporate Counsel to join our legal team who embraces a curiosity-driven, business-enabling mindset to provide strategic and pragmatic legal counsel to the organization.  Must have the ability to communicate with all levels of the organization. You will report to the Assistant General Counsel, IP & Technology.

You Will:

  • Provide practical and strategic advice and counsel on IP matters, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets.
  • Manage Grainger’s IP portfolio, including overseeing trademark registrations and responding to IP infringement matters.
  • Partner with the Contracts Center of Excellence to draft, review, and negotiate IP-related agreements and data privacy and protection terms for a variety of transactional agreements.
  • Advise on privacy and data protection matters, ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations (e.g., GDPR, CCPA).  
  • Conduct privacy impact assessments and oversee data breach incident response activities. 
  • Stay current on emerging IP and privacy laws, regulations, and industry trends, providing guidance on potential impacts to the Grainger business. 
  • Collaborate closely with other members of the Grainger Corporate Affairs team.
  • Support continuous improvement by identifying and implementing new processes, document templates, playbooks, and training materials.
  • Embrace curiosity with a continual learning mindset. 


You Have:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree.
  • 7+ years of experience post J.D. in IP & privacy in a corporate role or law firm.    
  • Admitted to a state bar; experience and skill in project management.


Rewards and Benefits: 
With benefits starting day one, Grainger is committed to your safety, health and wellbeing. Our programs provide choice and flexibility to meet our team members' individual needs. Check out some of the rewards available to you at Grainger:

  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans
  • Paid time off (PTO) and 6 company holidays per year
  • Automatic 6% 401(k) company contribution each pay period
  • Employee discounts, parental leave, 3:1 match on donations and tuition reimbursement
  • A comprehensive set of emotional, financial, physical, and social wellbeing programs


We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.


We are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment that includes both providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities during the application and hiring process as well as throughout the course of one’s employment.  With this in mind, should you need a reasonable accommodation during the application and selection process, please advise us so that we can provide appropriate assistance.