Lead Privacy Counsel

Somerville, Massachusetts
Jun 10, 2021
Aug 09, 2021
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At Liberty Mutual, our purpose is to help people embrace today and confidently pursue tomorrow. That's why we provide an environment focused on openness, inclusion, trust and respect. Here, you'll discover our expansive range of roles, and a workplace where we aim to help turn your passion into a rewarding profession.

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Liberty Mutual is an equal opportunity employer. We will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, disability, veteran's status, pregnancy, genetic information or on any basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.

Liberty Mutual Insurance has an exciting opportunity for a Lead Privacy Counsel to join its growing global data privacy team supporting operations in over 20 countries.  Reporting to the Chief Privacy Officer, this fast-paced role requires excellent knowledge of global privacy laws, strong communication, leadership, business judgment and management skills.  This challenging position provides frequent opportunity to interface with Liberty employees and managers at various levels across the Liberty organization and will manage a team of US based privacy lawyers.  As a part of the Privacy and Records Management team this role will champion data privacy and records management best practices in accordance with applicable laws, regulation and company policies.


We are seeking a highly qualified attorney, with at least twelve years of experience as a practicing lawyer including eight years of US and international privacy experience.  Prior experience managing a team preferred.  Candidate will handle complex legal assignments under minimal supervision and provide guidance and oversight for the legal positions of the privacy team.  A successful candidate must be able to work independently, to build systems and processes, and to collaborate with legal, privacy, and information security colleagues around the world. 



  • Directs a team of U.S. privacy lawyers. Provides direction, support and feedback to staff. Evaluates performance and takes appropriate action to correct deficiencies.
  • Providing global privacy legal advice and privacy input on business projects and initiatives, participating in the formulation of privacy policy for the company.
  • Coordinating and assisting in the development of the Company's position in response to changes in the law.
  • Performs comprehensive research and analysis in assigned areas of specialization and directs, and refines comprehensive research of others.
  • Providing advice regarding the implications of new laws substantially impacting the Company's business.
  • Represents and advises the Company in legal and business transactions which require legal expertise and generally involve a high degree of original and creative legal endeavor, evaluation of complex or novel issues, or vigorous adverse parties.
  • Supporting cross-company global projects involving personal information.
  • Conducting privacy impact assessments and monitoring risk mitigation measures.
  • Drafting and reviewing legal documents including third party vendor agreements to include privacy controls, data transfer agreements, and privacy notices and policies.
  • Provide legal guidance related to record retention.
  • Provide legal guidance and review of subject access rights process.
  • Identifying privacy training needs of Company personnel; develops and delivers training through various mechanisms including written materials, classroom and staff presentations.



  • Ability to assess risk strategically and help clients find solutions that enable them to mitigate risk while achieving their goals.
  • Program/project management skills, including the ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Proven ability and commitment to work both independently and collaboratively with numerous people at all levels throughout the company.
  • Sound business judgment, and flexibility/adaptability to manage multiple wide-ranging matters, conflicting deadlines, and new areas of expertise as business needs change.
  • Excellent analytic, legal writing and communication skills.
  • Generally requires at least twelve years' experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Requires expert knowledge of global privacy laws, including US and EU data protection laws, preferred at least 8 years as a practicing privacy attorney.
  • Completion of law school with a J.D. or L.L.B. degree and admission to the bar of at least one jurisdiction in the United States or of a jurisdiction recognized by Massachusetts required.
  • CIPP/US or CIPP/EU certification preferred.

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