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Legal Counsel (Evanston, IL)

ZS is the world’s largest consulting firm focused exclusively on improving business performance through sales and marketing consulting solutions, from customer insights and strategy to analytics, operations and technology. Together, we design and implement strategies that lead to greater market share, more competitive operations and increased use of today’s latest technologies. From 21 offices worldwide, ZS professionals draw on deep industry and domain expertise to deliver impact where it matters for clients. We are particularly known for our expertise in the pharmaceutical and health care sectors, yet work across a range of industries.

Legal supports ZS's entry into contractual agreements, ensures compliance with client services agreements and supports vendor and employment contracts.

As we continue to grow our firm, we are currently looking for a Legal Counsel with experience in intellectual property matters to join our office in Evanston, ILOur legal team reviews contracts, advises the firm on matters of legal consequence, and proactively assesses and manages the firm’s risk exposure. The legal team is responsible for staying abreast of legal developments impacting the firm on a global basis and then advising the firm based on the changing legal landscape.  



  • Assist in the development and implementation of IP related policies, processes and best practices
  • Develop training programs to educate internal stakeholders on how to protect ZS assets
  • Work with business stakeholders to identify key IP assets and develop IP protection strategies
  • Draft, review, revise and negotiate legal agreements related to IP transactions
  • Work with outside counsel to manage ZS’ IP portfolio
  • Respond to and counsel internal stakeholders on IP related issues as they arise in diverse matters affecting day-to-day business operations by assisting, advising, investigating, researching and resolving legal matters
  • Protect the firm in all business relationships
  • Ensure the firm’s compliance with legal policies, state and federal laws, and regulations
  • Identify potential legal issues related to proposed transactions
  • Participate in structuring and negotiating transactions and set procedures to reduce risk



  • JD degree with strong academic background required
  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience, specifically advising on intellectual property matters (including patent, trademark and copyright matters) as in-house counsel or in a law firm setting,
  •  IL attorney license (or registered in-house counsel in IL)
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Motivation, personal initiative and strong team/interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytic skills and problem solving ability
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Proven attention to detail and high level of accuracy
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Flexibility to facilitate meeting with internal and external contacts globally


Additionally, expertise in any of the following is particularly valuable:

  • IT contracts and technology licensing experience
  • Service provider contract transactional experience
  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and applicable regulatory framework


ZS is a global consulting firm; fluency in English is required, additional fluency in at least one European or Asian language is desirable. 
Candidates must possess work authorization for their intended country of employment. An on-line application, including a cover letter expressing interest and a full set of transcripts (official or unofficial), is required to be considered.
ZS offers a competitive compensation package with salary and bonus incentives, complete medical/dental/life insurance programs and retirement savings benefits. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Nearest Major Market: Chicago