General Counsel at Breather in New York, United States

Breather creates and curates a network of beautiful, on-demand private spaces that you can reserve and unlock via our web and mobile apps. We're venture-backed. We're growing quickly. We have big ambitions...and we want you to help us achieve them.

The role

Breather is seeking a General Counsel to lead and build out our legal function. This position will be a key member of and advisor to the Executive team and will be responsible for all legal, regulatory and compliance matters at the company. The position is located in our New York City HQ and will report to the CEO.

You will:

  • Play a leadership role at the company: As the head of Legal, you will help define and execute the legal and corporate strategy behind all company initiatives. As a member of the Executive Team, you’ll be expected to speak to and on behalf of the company as a senior leader.
  • Provide sound advice: You’ll be expected to advise all of our teams on issues related to best practices, corporate governance, risk, disputes, compliance, legal and (very often) non-legal matters. In particular, you’ll work very closely with the Finance team, HR team, Sales/BD team, Real Estate team, Executive team and the Board of Directors.
  • Help us scale: To enable the company to scale quickly, it will be critical to partner with business teams to create and implement successful processes wherever necessary.
  • Own Legal: You will be the point person on all things Legal. This means you’ll be expected to handle and/or manage everything from an equity financing or a venture debt deal to negotiating a partnership deal, an NDA or a sales agreement. You’re building a sophisticated legal department and that includes being ready to draft, review or negotiate any kind of contract that the company needs to put in place. Where appropriate, you’ll work with outside counsel and will be responsible for managing your team’s budget.
  • Identify the risks and help mitigate them: It’s your job to identify, assess and work to mitigate legal risks across the business, especially with respect to consumer protection and privacy, the trust and safety of our users, labor and employment issues and landlord/tenant or other disputes.

About you

  • Enjoy new challenges, no day is ever the same.
  • You are an organized, diligent, hard working leader and a great communicator.
  • You're able to multi-task and prioritize effectively, solutions-oriented and resourceful.
  • You are an independent thinker and self-starter, able to work independently and with minimal guidance.
  • You enjoy managing individuals, holding high expectations, and giving them the tools and the coaching to succeed.
  • Scrappy, willing to get your hands dirty and spend your time both in and out of the office.
  • 2-3 years management and scheduling experience preferred.


  • You have at least 10 years of experience practicing at law firms and/or in-house (bonus: you’ve spent some of those years working at a high-growth startup so you already understand the culture, level of risk tolerance and priorities);
  • You have a JD and are a member in good standing of the New York State Bar or are eligible to register as in-house counsel in New York;
  • You have experience in building and managing a team;
  • You are an effective communicator -- verbally and in writing. That means you can speak and write in plain English, not only legalese (bonus: you can also speak and write in plain French to help comply with Quebec laws);
  • You’ve worked on and understand both consumer-facing (B2C) and enterprise (B2B) issues;
  • You are detail-oriented and have strong organizational skills;
  • You have excellent legal and analytical skills, as well as soft skills like the ability to negotiate and resolve disputes;
  • You have the ability to multitask, manage your time effectively, and prioritize and re-prioritize based on changing business needs;
  • You’re an independent self-starter; you can figure out what needs to be done without any hand-holding;
  • You look to empower the company’s growth, while protecting us from liability; and
  • You’re excited about working in a fast-paced environment and building something unique and amazing together.

Great Work Deserves Great Perks!

We hope that you're excited by all the possibilities that come with working at Breather! In addition to our unique culture, we also offer these fun perks and benefits:

  • Be part of a well-funded, proven startup with big ambitions, competitive salary and company equity
  • Work when you want, where you want, with the tools you want
  • Company-funded travel to conferences & professional development events that interest you and benefit your career growth
  • Access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage. Oh, and it’s on us
  • Free access to the Breather network of over 400 spaces (and growing, fast!)
  • Dog friendly office - bring your dog to work, they’ll find plenty of friends waiting to play with them!
  • A great referral program - good people know good people!

Our Values

At Breather, our company values are not only the principles that link us together in the way we work, but they also keep us aligned on the same path, all working towards connected goals. These standards are what guide us on our collective journey through space(s).

  • CONTRIBUTION: Make the biggest possible impact.
  • SPEED: Move fast, iterate faster.
  • SERVICE: Treat everyone like it’s their birthday.
  • INDEPENDENCE: Work with a sense of ownership.
  • HUMILITY: Get over yourself.
  • AMBITION: Act like an entrepreneur.
  • EMPATHY: Embrace everyone’s perspective.
  • CANDOR: Be respectfully honest.

Our Traditions

Our traditions involve learning, laughing, singing, the occasional beer, and pizza (always pizza).

  • Birthday celebrations: Cakes and serenades (you can’t escape us). We celebrate birthdays monthly. Just let us know your favourite kind of cake.
  • We like to party: Board game nights, Nintendo tournaments, office karaoke, holiday parties, happy hour drinks, costume contests, and more.
  • Team outings: Each department is encouraged to do a quarterly outing. From apple picking to archery dodgeball it’s never a dull moment between colleagues
  • Quarterly hackdays: We are committed to fostering a culture of innovation, continuous learning and curious exploration. Once a quarter, we drop all regular tasks for the day and shift focus to one project that you’ve been itching to build.
  • Lunch & Learns: Every Wednesday is Lunch & Learn. That means that you get to listen to your colleagues talk about the latest conference they attended, or topic of their choice — with freshly delivered pizza in hand.

Our Benefits

US Health Insurance

Breather has partnered with Trinet to offer a variety of health care plans. You can customize your health, dental and vision options to choose what works for you (options may vary by state).

We’re committed to offering the best quality coverage. Breather offers options that are 100% employer funded but feel free to add additional coverage (additional premiums may apply).

Canadian Health Insurance

Breather has a comprehensive group health care plan which includes health, dental, vision, life and AD&D coverage. Your health is important to us so we pay 100% of employee insurance premiums.

Meet the Breather team..

"We’re a driven team, living all over the world, working together to make one little idea into an ever-expanding network. Having a comfortable and stimulating work environment is really important to us, and our people are constantly working together to create something unique and exciting."

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