General Counsel

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $150,000
Maximum: $200,000




901 4th Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


The District of Columbia Bar (the D.C. Bar) has an opening for a General Counsel (GC). The GC provides legal support to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the D.C. Bar’s Senior Leadership team. This position represents the D.C. Bar in all legal matters and acts as a policy and risk advisor on operations and major initiatives. The GC is responsible for overseeing, planning, organizing, and directing the legal activities of the D.C. Bar and provides legal advice, counsel, and representation as necessary. The GC reports to the CEO.


1.)   Represents the D.C. Bar and provides legal and risk management advice and services to the CEO, Senior Leadership team, D.C. Bar Board of Governors, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Board of Directors, and D.C. Bar employees to enable the D.C. Bar to fulfill its mission.

2.)   Renders timely legal analysis, advice, and services with respect to questions, transactions, regulations, policies, procedures, and day to day legal issues that fall within the scope of the D.C.  Bar’s programs and operations.


3.)   Prepares and reviews vendor contracts, memoranda of understanding, licenses, leases, and other agreements.

4.)   Proactively identifies and mitigates legal risk to protect the D.C. Bar from undue exposure, liability, and significant financial loss and to protect the D.C. Bar’s reputation, name, human, and financial resources, programs, and services.

5.)   Represents the D.C. Bar, its employees, and its volunteers in litigation matters involving D.C. Bar activities and coordinates with outside counsel.

6.)   Assists Human Resources on general compliance matters and other employment-related legal matters; stays current on local and national employment laws.

7.)   Engages and oversees legal work provided by outside counsel on specialized complex matters.

8.)   Presents and reports on significant legal issues and activities to the D.C. Bar’s Board of Governors and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Board of Directors.

9.)   Performs other duties as assigned. 



1.)   JD from an ABA accredited law school or university. A minimum of ten years successful, relevant, and practical legal experience.


2.)   An active member of the District of Columbia Bar in good standing or eligible to become an active D.C. Bar member. A successful candidate who is not an active member of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission within six months of employment.

3.)   Experience with complex government, quasi-government, and nonprofit institutions, including 501(c)(3) organizations.

4.)   Substantive experience providing guidance to a diverse group of senior executives and the ability to work across organizational lines.

5.)   Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects that require complex scheduling, detailed organization, and compliance with deadlines.

6.)   Experience drafting and reviewing contracts of all types.

7.)   Superior verbal and written communication skills.

8.)   Experience in applying and interpreting local and federal statutes, court rules, and ethics opinions.

9.)   Knowledge of legal issues affecting tax-exempt associations.

10.)  Experience with business law including real estate leases, tax, and intellectual property is a plus.

11.)  Experience budgeting and managing financial resources.

12.)  Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills.

13.)  Ability to work well under pressure and to set and manage multiple priorities with minimal supervision.

14.)  Ability to handle and maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information.



This is an exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. The D.C. Bar has an excellent benefits package.

This is not an attempt to list all essential functions of this position. It is recognized that job duties may change over time, based on the D.C. Bar’s needs.

The District of Columbia Bar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The District of Columbia Bar has an excellent benefits package.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required