IBM Staff Counsel in MARKHAM, Ontario

Job Description

The Staff Counsel is responsible for assisting, with minimal direction, other attorneys at the corporate, division or business unit level and act as a consultant to senior management on all Employment and Benefit related legal matters. Reviews, interprets and counsels on federal, provincial and local employment and benefit laws, agency rulings, IBM policies and practices, business conduct and ethics. Drafts and reviews agreements, contracts and other employment and benefit related documents.

Assumes additional responsibilities as assigned.



Must have obtained a JD/LLB degree plus be admitted to at least one provincial bar. Requires professional legal mastery in all employment and benefits legal areas including but not limited to: regulatory law, contracts, case law, vital pending legislation, etc. prepares/implements corporate-wide instructions for proper implementation of the court decisions or legislation affecting the business operations of the IBM Canada.


Advises management on the legal / ethical aspects arising from day-to-day employment and benefit matters. Required on an as needed basis to assist with negotiations / communications with external legal agencies / representatives, outside counsel, benefit providers, employees (and their representatives) with respect to employment and benefits matters including disputes. This may include the management of employment and benefit litigation matters.

Problem Solving:

Has the facility to assist with the management of complex claims against the company, and assists with the preparation for negotiation, litigation or arbitration proceedings to resolve controversies, including the coordination of efforts by corporate staff and outside counsel. Contributes to the development of ongoing and future strategies to avoid potentially damaging legal situations regarding employment and benefit matters.


Provides expertise in employment and benefits law and related governmental activities to management throughout the company. Provide advice and counsel to all levels of management as necessary.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

Must have obtained a JD/LLB degree plus be admitted to at least one provincial bar

Qualified to practice law in Canada, preferably in Ontario.

Employment law expertise required with 3 to 7 years of experience

Preferred Tech and Prof Experience

French language skills would be an asset.

EO Statement

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.