Senior Counsel - AncestryDNA

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

When you join Ancestry, you join our family tree. Backed by history, science, and technology, we’re creating a new world of connection, innovation, and understanding. Whether it’s reuniting long-lost relatives through DNA or unearthing new family stories from historical records, Ancestry empowers life-changing experiences. With over 10 billion digitized historical records, 100 million family trees, and 14 million DNA kits sold, Ancestry is bringing the power of personal discovery to people around the world.

Job Description

Ancestry is seeking a life sciences attorney with 3-7+ years of relevant experience. This position will be based in Ancestry’s San Francisco office and will report to the Associate General Counsel of AncestryDNA.  Ancestry is a fast-growing company at a pivotal time in its trajectory. This attorney will be responsible for supplying sound legal advice on regulatory and compliance matters, as well as drafting and negotiating relevant contracts.

Specific responsibilities will include: 

  • Advising internal business partners on applicable regulatory frameworks as they pertain to product development, launch and commercialization, as related to genomics or genetic testing, including applicable laws and regulations
  • Negotiating, drafting and executing various contracts pertaining to the business, including marketing agreements, supply agreements, lab agreements, data use licenses, and non-disclosure agreements, among others
  • Reviewing, drafting and implementing company policies and procedures to reflect best practice
  • Effectively communicating legal concepts, recommended courses of action and legal risks to business leaders
  • Staying up-to-date on laws and regulations pertaining to the business in order to fully support commercial transactions
  • Other duties may be assigned and include some administrative functions




  • JD from an accredited law school
  • Admission to a State Bar
  • 3-7+ years of relevant legal experience
  • Training in a leading national law firm, with experience gained in the medical device, biotech, life sciences, laboratory, or genetic testing space
  • Experience advising on applicable regulatory frameworks, including FDA, HIPAA, GINA, state and federal genetic or laboratory testing regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently, to take on big challenges and complex projects, and to be accountable for results
  • Ability to meet demanding deadlines and balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Sound and practical business judgment and the ability to provide business-oriented, practical legal advice
  • A problem-solving approach focused on achieving results that benefit Ancestry’s business as well as the business of its customers and partners
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must be a self-starter, able to work with little oversight, strategic thinker and decisive, trusted advisor with strong attention to detail

Additional Information

Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy,  sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.   In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.