At Cognizant, our diverse and talented legal team works closely with our business teams and other corporate functions to deliver best-in-class digital and other information technology solutions for our customers around the globe. The work is fast-paced and dynamic, and our legal team plays a key role in helping to manage risk and assure Cognizant’s delivery commitments are appropriately aligned with the delivery models pursuant to which Cognizant may be engaged to provide these solutions.

The Cognizant Legal team is looking for a Senior Commercial Transactions/Strategic Deals Corporate Counsel to join us in Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Washington, DC, or Teaneck, NJ.  This role will be focused on a wide range of technology related commercial transactions and you will be responsible for the full range of legal responsibilities associated with Cognizant’s strategic commercial transactions, including:


  1. Working in concert with Strategic Deals lead attorney to negotiate and coordinate all legal aspects of complex global strategic engagements;
  2. Negotiating other complex commercial contracts with our customers, many of which are represented by top law firms;
  3. Collaborating with fellow attorneys to develop and maintain templates, playbooks, contracting policies, negotiation practices, and escalation procedures;
  4. Addressing legal queries from business teams across various aspects law, contract and related customer inquiries, including compliance, intellectual property, privacy, litigation, and employment;
  5. Assisting GC of Corporate & Client Services and GC, UK & EMEA & Data Privacy Officer with project work, such as implementation of new contracting and data management platform


This fast-paced role requires excellent communication and time management skills. As Commercial Transactions/Strategic Deals Corporate Counsel, you will either work as a dedicated attorney for Strategic Deals, an assigned vertical attorney, or work in a broader role for multiple verticals.



  • Licensed attorney with a minimum of 8 years’ expertise in large and complex commercial transactions with at least some time spent at a large reputable law firm;

  • Prior exposure to IT outsourcing strongly preferred but not required;

  • Experience in a wide variety of contract drafting and negotiations, preferably representing service providers;

  • Exposure to master service agreements, software-as-a-service agreements, or other commercial agreements with complex intellectual property, licensing, privacy, indemnity, and other risk allocation issues;

  • Ability to work efficiently, meet demanding deadlines in a fast-paced environment; prioritize work, and adjust to frequent workload fluctuations across multiple time zones;

  • Enjoy working in a rapidly changing and diverse environment and comfortable navigating through new challenges;

  • Commitment to promoting an ethical workplace culture and supporting compliance processes and programs.


Our strength is built on our ability to work together. Our diverse backgrounds offer different perspectives and new ways of thinking. It encourages lively discussions, inspires thought leadership, and helps us build better solutions for people. We want someone who thrives in this setting and is inspired to craft meaningful solutions through true collaboration.

If you’re comfortable with ambiguity, excited by change, and excel through autonomy, we’d love to hear from you.

Why choose Cognizant?

It takes a lot to succeed in today’s fast-paced market, and Cognizant Technology Solutions has become a leader in the industry. We love big ideas and even bigger dreams. We stand out because we put human experiences at the core.

We help clients engage customers by envisioning and building creative products and services. But we don’t stop there. We develop go-to-market strategies and invent entirely new business models, ensuring that every company we work with walks away with both inspiration and a plan.

Everything we do at Cognizant we do with passion—for our clients, our communities, and our organization. It’s the defining attribute that we look for in our people.

Cognizant is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/Vs