Senior Legal Counsel

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Posted: 06/21/2019 Job Category: Legal Job Number: 1852

Senior Legal Counsel

Industry: Start-up

Status: Full Time Employee

Location: Orange County, California or Washington D.C.


  • Our client focuses on innovative software and hardware for defense technology
  • This Start-up is responsible for combating national security problems
  • Our client has been able to secure a minimum of 40 million dollars in funding for their research and development


  • Rapidly growing company
  • Defense technology – future innovation
  • Health and wellness benefits


  • This is an opportunity to be hired as the second attorney for this legal team
  • You will have the chance to lead and organize your own project
  • You will be responsible for helping the business development team with new government deals (negotiating license and services agreements) as well as handling intellectual property, compliance, and employment issues
  • You will assist with bid protests and litigation


  • Expertise in drafting, negotiating, and managing general contracts and government contracts  
  • 7+ years of experience as Legal Counsel
  • Exposure to working in a start-up environment
  • Working knowledge of the defense technology industry
  • Bachelor’ s degree, JD, and California or Washington D.C. Bar



At ABA Search, we value professionalism, honesty, and hard work. We’ re positive, innovative thinkers, and we use creativity to turn challenges into opportunities. We love to learn, and we continuously seek new ways to deepen our expertise. We’ re energized by the legal industry, passionate about staffing, and committed to the success of our clients and candidates. That' s what makes us “ the name to know in recruitment.”


For the past 2 years, ABA has been ranked as one of the Best Professional Recruiting Firms in America

Haeley Girlich
Director of Legal Recruiting

Haeley joined the ABA team in 2012 as a Staffing Specialist generalist. Searching for a career out of college that was both intellectually stimulating and people-oriented, Haeley came to ABA and has never looked back. She has a passion for people and thrives on matchmaking corporate cultures to vibrant people. Haeley loves the exciting spectrum of Silicon Valley business that allows her to work with all types of clients – from the big names to the start-ups with brilliant minds.

Haeley earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Business and graduated Cum Laude from Gonzaga University. As an undergraduate she kept quite busy; Haeley was Chief of Staff for the Psychology Club, Secretary for the Italian club, a member of Psi Chi (International Psychology Honors Society), and played in the symphony. 

Haeley is currently the President of the Gonzaga Bay Area Alumni Chapter and a Board Member for the Golden Gate Chapter of California Staffing Professionals organization.

Haeley lives in San Francisco.

Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Weekend trips to wine country!

Favorite quote: “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

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