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Associate Principal Counsel – IP and Social Media

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 930546BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Apr. 28, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

Job Summary:

The Disney Corporate Legal IP Department, Copyright & Trademark group is seeking highly qualified candidates for a position as Associate Principal Counsel to advise on social media matters and advise its businesses on trademark, right of publicity and copyright issues.
Disney is one of the most innovative global businesses in any industry today. At Corporate, you’ll work across different lines of business across the Company on issues related to IP development, clearance, acquisition, protection, and management. We work on cutting edge ideas and initiatives with supportive colleagues across numerous businesses globally.
The position will be responsible for analyzing, advising in the field of social media, including transactional work, as well as performing IP analysis and providing advice on trademark, right of publicity and copyright analysis and clearances related to the production, marketing and distribution of motion pictures, television and streaming content, games and related consumer products.


  • Spotting, analyzing and advising on social media and platform issues, including working with businesses and other subject matter experts (e.g., privacy, music), including advising on best practices and handling transactional matters.
  • Undertake analysis and clearance, and provide counseling to clients on numerous intellectual property matters, including trademark, copyright, and right of publicity issues.
  • Management of trademark filing programs; clearances; opposition practice; working with in-house trademark paralegal staff, working closely with colleagues and counsel in the US and other countries.
  • Analyze and advise on complex rights questions.
  • Analyze and resolve intellectual property claims.
  • Advise on IP aspects of transactions and legal agreements.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 6+ years of IP experience (transactional or litigation) with a law firm and/or in-house legal department.
  • Experience handling copyright, trademark and right of publicity issues.• Strong understanding of digital and web-based IP issues.
  • Familiarity with social media and other content applications and platforms.
  • Knowledge of First Amendment and fair use issues as related to intellectual property law.
  • Experience working with paralegals.
  • Experience giving presentations and public speaking. This position involves educating business units on intellectual property and social media topics from time to time.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate risk; exercise sound legal judgment; and advise business executives and other attorneys on IP issues.
  • Ability to work independently but with supervision from senior attorney(s) as needed.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and work quickly, efficiently, and collaboratively under multiple, high-priority deadlines.
  • A collegial and collaborative lawyer who is committed to delivering outstanding results for his or her clients and The Walt Disney Company while building a positive working environment with clients and colleagues.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate complex concepts and practical issues effectively with all levels of management, as well as a knack for smooth client relationships and diplomatic, creative resolution of conflicting needs.
  • Excellent work ethic and interpersonal skills, including a healthy sense of humor and the ability to build professional, interdepartmental relationships at multiple levels.
  • Adaptability to changes in workflow and intellectual property related support systems and technology is critical.
  • Admission to California State Bar or willingness and qualification to be Registered In-House Counsel.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience at a large law firm.
  • Experience representing a major consumer brand or entertainment IP owner.
  • Technology-forward attorney who is unafraid of technological advancements in the intellectual property portfolio and workflow management systems.

Required Education

JD or equivalent

Additional Information:


This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

About The Walt Disney Company (Corporate):

At Disney Corporate you can see how the businesses behind the Company’s powerful brands come together to create the most innovative, far-reaching and admired entertainment company in the world. As a member of a corporate team, you’ll work with world-class leaders driving the strategies that keep The Walt Disney Company at the leading edge of entertainment. See and be seen by other innovative thinkers as you enable the greatest storytellers in the world to create memories for millions of families around the globe.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with TWDC Enterprises 18 Corp., which is part of a business we call The Walt Disney Company (Corporate).

TWDC Enterprises 18 Corp. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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