TITLE: Legal Counsel

DIVISION: Center for Legal Affairs

REPORTS TO: Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel



CMA is looking for a Legal Counsel who utilizes critical thinking and entrepreneurial problem-solving skills in an association advocacy environment. We are looking for a team player who is committed to making access to health care a reality for all Californians. 

POSITION SUMMARY: The Legal Counsel is a key member of CMA's Center for Legal Affairs with a specific focus on supporting CMA’s advocacy efforts, assuring legal compliance for all CMA companies, and developing educational material for physicians and physician groups. The Legal Counsel works closely with the General Counsel to identify and analyze legal issues, draft key documents, present clear recommendations to CMA's Board of Trustees and executive team, and ensure legal compliance for all CMA affiliated companies, with a primary focus on CMA's non-profit corporation, Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC), and CMA's rapidly growing physician services start-up company, CMA-PSO.Essential competencies include critical thinking (problem solving and intellectual curiosity), communication (approachability), relationship building (collaboration), and adaptation (flexibility).


  • Serve as legal counsel for the association and its affiliated companies

  • Support legislative and advocacy staff

  • Perform legal research and analysis in a wide range of corporate and health policy isssues

  • Draft, review, and revise contracts for CMA and its affiliated entities

  • Support executive leadership and upper management in negotiating contracts with third parties

  • Draft, review, revise, research, analyze, interpret, and advise on corporate policies and procedures and related laws and regulations

  • Draft, review, revise, research, analyze, interpret, and advise on bylaws and parliamentary issues for CMA, its affiliated entities, and component societies

  • Analyze and advise the association and its affiliated entities on issues related to commercial managed care, Medi-Cal and Medicare, workers’ compensation, peer review, medical staff self-governance, fraud and abuse, Sark, anti-kickback, privacy and security, HIPAA, and others

  • Manage corporate litigation and claims and supervise outside counsel in representing the association and its affiliated entities

  • Other duties as required

CONTACTS: Legislators, legislative staff, other elected officials, regulatory agencies and appointed Board members, CMA management and supervisorial staff, officials of other organizations, CMA members.

SUPERVISION: Works under guidance of Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel


  • Juris Doctor Degree

  • Active license to practice law in California

  • At least three (3) years of legal experience

  • Preference for corporate law, in-house counsel experience or association advocacy background

  • Experience or strong interest with diversity and inclusion policies preferred but not required

  • Strong writing, communication, and collaboration skills

  • Independent, self-starter willing to take the initiative while working effectively in a team

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work extended hours and, on the weekends, as legislative deadlines dictate. Travel required.

(This job description reflects the general level and nature of the job. It is not intended to be all inclusive.)

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To apply, please download the application form and email your cover letter, resume and completed application form to Human Resources.