Legal Counsel


Iselin, NJ, USA

Full time

Jan 11

Full Job Description

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated lawyer to join Group Legal to take on challenges in a fast-paced environment. This position reports to the Assistant General Counsel – Americas and has primary responsibility for negotiating complex contracts, serving as the first point of contact for all material legal queries and matters pertaining to DSV’s Air & Sea, Solutions and Road divisions in the U.S. and Canada, recognizing and managing internal risk, and defining and recommending legal strategies and objectives designed to mitigate the organization's legal exposure.


  • Draft, review, and negotiate agreements related to air and ocean freight forwarding, NVOCC services, warehousing services, 3PL and 4PL services, truck brokerage, ocean service contracts, road transportation, real estate transactions including lease agreements, etc.
  • Actively manage all aspects of litigation and pre-litigation matters in an efficient, practical and cost-effective manner.
  • Assist with corporate governance matters, including the preparation and maintenance of business entity documents, company formation, preparing resolutions and consents, and managing annual shareholder meetings.
  • Advise stakeholders on legal trends, developing areas of the law, industry trends and related risks that may impact the Company’s operations and/or services.
  • Provide support to Human Resources on a range of labor and employment matters, including policy implementation and training.
  • Interface and partner with various Group functions and key stakeholders in the U.S. and globally.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Experience with drafting, reviewing and negotiating various contracts related to logistics, transportation, procurement and complex commercial transactions, and substantive experience with industry-related regulatory matters.
  • Experience in building, updating and refining contract templates customized to meet specific needs and requirements of business, while incorporating experience-informed negotiating positions.
  • Ability to triage a heavy workflow, meet deadlines, prioritize workload, adapt to changing conditions, set appropriate priorities with clients and deliver results efficiently.
  • Highly effective communications style, translating complex legal issues into readily understandable assessments and actionable recommendations that deliver business value in the context of global business strategies.
  • Strong analytical, communication, negotiation, presentation, and strategic decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision while working collaboratively within a local and global team environment.
  • Ability to problem solve with creative solutions for complicated problems that require careful analysis and good judgement.
  • A passion for continuously identifying improvement areas and driving change.
  • Positive attitude and forward thinking.
  • Self-starter, results-oriented, driven to meet and exceed goals.
  • Attention to detail and delivery of high-quality work product.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, an inquisitive mind, and the ability to work effectively with multiple, diverse, cross-functional stakeholders.


  • Knowledge of and experience in the following areas:
  • FMC regulations and compliance
  • Global trade compliance, including export controls, sanctions, export licensing, product diversion, deemed exports, anti-boycott laws, embargos, product classifications, global trade contract provisions, and customs matters
  • U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.K. Bribery Act, and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws
  • Privacy and data protection laws and compliance (e.g., GDPR, CCPA)


  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school
  • Licensed to practice law and a member in good standing in the state/jurisdiction in which the position is based or otherwise in compliance with the in-house counsel registration rules of that state/jurisdiction
  • At least five years of legal experience, ideally with an in-house legal team or law firm experience working with in-house legal teams
  • Experience in the maritime, logistics, supply chain and/or transportation industry


Language Skills

  • English

Computer Literacy

  • Proficiency with Microsoft tools (Excel, Outlook, and Word)


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee uses his/her hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, or crouch; talk or hear. The employee uses computer and telephone equipment. The employee also regularly lifts and/or moves objects up to 10 pounds. Specific vision requirements of this job include close vision and distance vision.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee rarely is exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

DSV is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, disability, veteran status, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law. If you require special assistance or accommodation while seeking employment with DSV, please contact Human Resources at If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration. DSV reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time.

DSV – Global transport and logistics

DSV is a dynamic workplace that fosters inclusivity and diversity. We conduct our business with integrity, respecting different cultures and the dignity and rights of individuals. When you join DSV, you are working for one of the very best performing companies in the transport and logistics industry. You’ll join a talented team of more than 75,000 employees in over 80 countries, working passionately to deliver great customer experiences and high-quality services. DSV aspires to lead the way towards a more sustainable future for our industry and are committed to trading on nature’s terms.

We promote collaboration and transparency and strive to attract, motivate and retain talented people in a culture of respect. If you are driven, talented and wish to be part of a progressive and versatile organisation, we’ll support you and your need to achieve your potential and forward your career.

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