Attorney, Publishing

Attorney, Publishing

Penguin Random House is looking for a knowledgeable, proactive, business-minded and self-motivated attorney to join its legal team in New York. This position will interface directly with Penguin Random House’s publishing and business teams, counseling clients on various legal and commercial risks related to media, intellectual property and general business issues. The ideal candidate will assist the Legal team’s efforts to partner strategically with the company’s publishing and business units, acting as a general business and legal advisor and consulting resource to help facilitate the client’s publishing and business objectives.



  • Conduct pre-publication review of non-fiction and fiction books and associated promotional materials
  • Counsel clients on intellectual property matters including copyright and trademark, and media-related matters including defamation, privacy, access and other First Amendment issues
  • Identify and analyze legal issues, help determine business terms and structure transaction, and provide advice to colleagues that balance business objectives and legal risks
  • Work on a variety of media related matters, including claims handling and litigation support
  • Assist in and ultimately work independently on the review, drafting and negotiation of a variety of contracts including licensing agreements, consulting agreements, vendor agreements, and technology agreements, as needed
  • Provide strategic, legal and business advice and counsel on tight timelines to business units and senior management on wide array of legal and business issues, including business risks, contract interpretation, and other issues
  • Assist in compliance efforts including providing training and presentations to business units as necessary
  • Support the Legal team in addressing new or special projects that arise with the evolving needs of the business



  • J.D. from a top A.B.A. accredited law school. Admitted and member in good standing with at least one U.S. State Bar
  • 4-8 years of relevant in-house law department and/or law firm experience (in-house experience a plus)
  • Exceptional writing, drafting and communication skills
  • Highly analytical with exceptional business and legal issue identification, creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Practical, business-oriented and creative problem solver who is able to deliver clear, strategic advice to clients in a timely manner
  • Ability to operate autonomously while being a team player who brings a positive, “can do” attitude to the workplace and works collaboratively with other members of the Legal team and with clients
  • Results-oriented with excellent time management and work prioritization skills
  • Familiarity with digital technologies and related legal issues including intellectual property, data privacy and business models a plus
  • Must be flexible with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Detail-oriented, organized, efficient and resourceful with strong follow-through skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills & the ability to work effectively with employees at all levels and establish strong client relationships


Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program, please include your cover letter and resume.


Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world.  In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution.  Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 250 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others.  More information can be found at


Penguin Random House values the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.



Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Country: United States of America 

State/Region: New York 

City: New York 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 60321


Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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