TITLE: Legal Counsel

DIVISION: Center for Legal Affairs

REPORTS TO: General Counsel and Senior Vice President



POSITION SUMMARY: The Legal Counsel will be a key member of CMA's Center for Legal Affairs with a specific focus on ensuring legal compliance for all CMA companies, developing educational/training material for physicians and staff, and supporting CMA advocacy teams. The Legal Counsel will work closely with the General Counsel and the executive team to negotiate contracts, present clear recommendations to CMA's Board of Trustees 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 physician services start-up company, CMA-PSO. Primary duties include establishing policies related to HIPAA, privacy and security, overseeing compliance with regulations, and ensuring data and information privacy. Essential competencies include critical thinking (problem solving and intellectual curiosity), communication (approachability), relationship building (collaboration), and adaptation (flexibility).


  • Serve as legal counsel for CMA and its affiliated companies
  • Ensure compliance with all security and privacy policies related to health information and data
  • Work with managers from all departments to maintain the architectural development of the privacy and security infrastructure applicable to the organization
  • 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
  • Analyze and advise the association and its affiliated entities on issues of legal compliance in the areas of entity formation, corporate governance including non-profit and for-profit entities, tax, risk management, insurance coverage, human resources, data privacy and security, political contributions, and others
  • Draft, review, revise, research, analyze, interpret, and advise on corporate policies and procedures and related laws and regulations 
  • Support CMA's diversity and inclusion related initiatives and committees 
  • Draft, review, revise, research, analyze, interpret, and advise on bylaws and parliamentary issues for CMA, its affiliated entities, and component societies
  • Support legislative and advocacy staff 
  • 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 General Counsel and Senior Vice President


  • Juris Doctor Degree
  • Active license to practice law in California
  • Preference for corporate law, privacy and security expertise, 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
  • Association or health law experience preferred

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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