TITLE: Legal Counsel

DIVISION: Center for Legal Affairs

REPORTS TO: General Counsel and Sr. Vice President



POSITION SUMMARY: The Legal Counsel will be key member of CMA's Center for Legal Affairs with a specific focus on corporate issues, legal compliance and governance.   The Legal Counsel will work closely with the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, and executive management 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 focus on CMA's Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC), Wellness Program, and Physician Services Organization.  Looking for a dynamic individual who thrives in a start-up company environment.

About CMA:  The California Medical Association (CMA) is a not-for-profit physician organization, with over 44,000 members in all modes of medical practice and specialties. CMA is dedicated to serving our member physicians and their patients through a comprehensive program of legal, legislative, regulatory, and economic advocacy and by providing physicians and physician groups the tools necessary to succeed in today's healthcare environment. 

Currently, we are seeking candidates for the position of Legal Counsel in our Center for Legal Affairs, which serves as in-house corporate counsel to the executive management and leadership of CMA and its affiliated entities. In that capacity, the Center for Legal Affairs provides legal advice to CMA’s Board of Trustees, House of Delegates, executive management, and to CMA's affiliated companies. The Center for Legal Affairs also supports CMA's advocacy centers and helps physicians comply with laws that impact the practice of medicine by providing legal information and resources, as well as educational seminars and presentations.


  • Serve as legal counsel for the association and its affiliated companies
  • Perform legal research and analysis in a wide range of corporate governance and related issues
  • 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 employment and 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
  • 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
  • Manage corporate litigation and claims and supervise outside counsel in representing the association and its affiliated entities             
  • Other duties as required

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

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


  • Juris Doctor Degree
  • Active license to practice law in California
  • Strong preference for at least three (3) years of corporate law, transactional or in-house counsel experience
  • 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

SUPERVISION: Works under guidance of General Counsel and Senior Vice President

EQUIPMENT OPERATION: Position requires operation of normal office equipment, computer, printers, photocopier, fax machines, multi-line phone, mobile communications tools

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

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