Counsel - Washington, DC


Cogent Communications is a multinational, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP, consistently ranked as one of the top five networks in the world and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the ticker symbol CCOI. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access and point-to-point transport services. Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical IP network backbone provides IP services in over 218 markets globally. Since its inception, Cogent has unleashed the benefits of IP technology, building one of the largest and highest capacity IP networks in the world. This network enables Cogent to offer large bandwidth connections at highly competitive prices. Cogent also offers superior customer support by virtue of its end-to-end control of service delivery and network monitoring. Cogent offers competitive compensation and a full benefits package that takes effect within 30 days of employment. Matching 401k and stock options are also included.

Job Summary:

The legal department of Cogent Communications seeks a lawyer to work at Cogent’s headquarters in Washington, DC. This is an in-office position and does not have a remote or hybrid work option. You will be joining a small legal department consisting of two lawyers, a legal assistant and the company’s corporate secretary.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The ideal candidate will have several years of experience drafting and negotiating commercial contracts yet is interested in handling the wider range of legal issues and matters that arise in the operation of a public company. A majority of the day to day tasks will be the review, drafting and negotiating of a broad range of commercial contracts for Cogent’s customers and vendors. Other duties may include providing advice to business counterparts; corporate compliance, including maintaining Cogent and its subsidiaries’ corporate qualifications in jurisdictions worldwide; insurance management; regulatory compliance; and litigation management, including consulting with outside counsel as necessary. This position offers a significant amount of responsibility and autonomy while working within a small, collegial legal team.


  • 3-5 years of experience in-house or at a law firm.
  • Attorney with admission to bar of one state or District of Columbia.
  • Extensive contract drafting and negotiating experience is a must.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to all levels of the Company, including senior management.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work as part of a team or independently with limited supervision.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Familiarity and experience in one or more of the following areas are a plus: Corporate and regulatory compliance; data privacy and cyber-security; employment and HR matters; internet and telecommunications industry.

Physical Requirements:

  • Remains in a sitting/stationary position continually or almost continually during the work day
  • Operates a computer and performs desk-based computer tasks continually; frequently viewing a computer screen
  • Rarely lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling objects and/or equipment that weighs up to 50 pounds

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Cogent Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.