Assistant General Counsel

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Regular Full-Time


The Role

Working at the Suffolk Boston Headquarters, the Assistant General Counsel for the Northeast Region serves as a legal contact for Suffolk’s Boston area operations. This position works directly and daily with the Deputy General Counsel, the management team and operational staff. The Assistant General Counsel reports to the Deputy General Counsel and will also support other matters outside the Northeast Region approximately 10-15% of the time.



As a national leader in the construction industry, Suffolk is redefining what it means to build. We challenge the status quo every day by gathering the people, innovations, and partnerships that can explore and go after new ways to do our jobs. Our focus on high-performing teams and technology translates to groundbreaking solutions for all industry sectors and phases of building. We provide value throughout the entire project lifecycle by leveraging our core construction management services alongside vertical service lines, an approach that is revolutionizing the industry and making a permanent mark on the world of business. Join us for a thrilling experience that will energize you, challenge you, and propel your career.


About Suffolk:

Suffolk is a national enterprise that invests, innovates, and builds. We provide value throughout the entire project lifecycle by leveraging our core construction management services with vertical service lines that include real estate capital investment, design, self-perform construction services, technology start-up investment and innovation research and development. We have $4.5 billion in annual revenue, 2,400 employees, and main offices in Boston (headquarters), New York, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Estero, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. We serve clients in every major industry sector, including health care, science and technology, education, gaming, transportation and aviation, and commercial. Suffolk is privately held and is led by founder, chairman and CEO John Fish. We’re ranked #23 on the Engineering News Record list of “Top 400 Contractors.” And we’re proud to be a certified 2020 “Great Place to Work.” For more information, visit and follow Suffolk on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram. 


  • Provides advice to management on contracts, claims and other legal matters.
  • Serves as a partner with management in the negotiation of business deals and assists with the negotiation of construction management agreements, subcontracts and other complex legal agreements.
  • Proactively works with project teams to properly administer contracts, identify risk and implement risk mitigation plans while empowering the business to succeed.
  • Monitors changes in applicable law and advises management regarding the implications of such changes.
  • Handles legal inquiries from within the company and issues sound and comprehensive legal advice to all internal clients and stakeholders.
  • Manages outside counsel on a daily basis, including budgets and strategy.
  • Conducts training on legal and compliance related topics, including but not limited to complicated construction contracts.
  • Drafts letters relating to contract administration and other issues for project teams to send to subcontractors, clients and other third parties.
  • Works closely with management to resolve claims with third parties.
  • Regularly visits project sites within the Northeast Region to collaborate with management and project teams and travels to other regional offices as appropriate.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by management, the Deputy General Counsel and the Corporate Executive Vice President/General Counsel.


Approximately 6-8 years of extensive experience in the practice of complex construction law in a corporate legal department and/or a full-service law firm.  Prior corporate legal department experience in the construction industry is highly preferable.  Attorneys whose practice is not primarily focused on complex construction law will not be considered.


Licensing, certification, registrations:

  • Requires bachelor’s degree from a 4-year college or university and a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school
  • Excellent academic credentials
  • Bar Admission in the state in which the Assistant General Counsel is located

Necessary Attributes:

  • Integrity to the core
  • Leads by example
  • Confident in complex and difficult situations/negotiations
  • Strong work ethic and independent self-starter who is at all times a team player
  • Able to work independently with minimum oversight
  • Use independent judgment and exhibit leadership techniques
  • Demonstrate close attention to detail with outstanding work product
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team with a positive and collaborative attitude
  • Reliable, self-motivated and well organized with the ability to juggle multiple priorities
  • Independent and proactive
  • Able to deal with ambiguity and still make appropriate judgment calls
  • Able to anticipate management’s needs and independently identify, initiate and implement necessary actions

Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time; talk or hear; perform fine motor, hand, and finger skills in the use of a keyboard, telephone, or writing. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and reach with arms and/or hands. Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. The employee will spend their time in an office environment with a quiet to moderate noise level.

EEO Statement

Suffolk provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, national origin, citizenship, genetic information, disability, protected veteran, gender identity, age or any other status protected by law. This policy applies to recruiting, hiring, transfers, promotions, terminations, compensation, benefits, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Suffolk will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination toward, or harassment of, applicants or employees by anyone at Suffolk, or anyone working on behalf of Suffolk.


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