The average salary for an Experienced Legal Counsel in Washington, District of Columbia is $180,000.
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Job Description for Legal Counsel
Legal counsels, also called general counsels, are the chief lawyers of large corporations or government agencies. They advise departments on legal ramifications, ensure that the business is working in accordance with the law, and may represent the company or government agency in the case that a law suit is filed. Legal counsels are usually included early in any company's decision making process. This helps ensure that there will be no room for error when it comes to working within the law. This…Read more
Legal Counsel Tasks
- Advise business in legal affairs of the company including government regulations, taxes, and legal and human rights.
- Apply for registration and copyrights for the products, processes, and trademarks of the organization.
- Manage disputes and litigations.
- Prepare and review legal documents including contracts, licenses, leases, sales and purchases, and real estate, etc.
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Pay by Experience Level for Legal Counsel
An early career Legal Counsel with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $77,166 based on 25 salaries. A mid-career Legal Counsel with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $116,790 based on 28 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $207,744.
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Employees with .NET Software Developer / Programmer in these locations earn less than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Miami, Florida (38.9% less), Denver, Colorado (30.7% less) and Chicago, Illinois (23.8% less).
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