Corporate Counsel

Location: Lisle
Title: Corporate Counsel

ExteNet Systems, Inc., designs, builds, owns and operates distributed networks for use by wireless carriers and property owners in key markets. Using small cells, distributed antenna systems and other proprietary technologies, ExteNet deploys solutions to enhance wireless service and network performance across both outdoor and indoor environments.

Primary markets include outdoor distributed networks in a variety of densely occupied urban and suburban environments as well as select rural areas, and various indoor properties, including sports and entertainment venues, commercial office buildings, hotels and convention centers, healthcare facilities and transit systems. For example, ExteNet has built small cell networks to enhance LTE coverage and data capacity in multiple Super Bowl host cities, the Empire State Building, Barclays Center, and Miami Marlins Stadium.

ExteNet Systems was founded in 2002, and is based in Lisle, IL, 25 miles west of Chicago. We have approximately 300 employees, and a network of independent contractors upon whom we depend for engineering, construction and maintenance services across the country. ExteNet recently completed $1.4 billion recapitalization, making the company one of only four tech "unicorns" in the Chicago area.

Position Overview

The Corporate Counsel will function as a member of the corporate law department, handling legal matters which arise from the day to day operations of a growing, complex and dynamic company operating in a highly regulated industry. The Corporate Counsel will report to the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company, and will be located at the Company’s corporate headquarters in Lisle. The legal department currently consists of six attorneys, a paralegal, a legal coordinator and a two-person contracts administration group.


The primary focus of this position will be negotiating (a) leases, licenses and easements with owners and operators of real property, including building access and venue use agreements and (b) complex telecommunications services agreements with wireless service providers and other telecommunications carriers. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Negotiating contracts with product suppliers and service providers ranging from professional to construction and maintenance services
  • Providing advice and guidance on a wide variety of commercial and corporate matters for the Company
  • Keeping the Company’s senior management abreast of significant decisions, legislation and regulatory developments that may affect the Company’s business or policy
  • Working with and managing outside counsel, as needed
  • Developing a thorough understanding of, and familiarity with the Company's business, its people, markets, facilities, customers and competitors, to identify trends and formulate structures and strategies accordingly
  • Performing special assignments or projects as assigned by the General Counsel


Successful candidates will have an undergraduate degree and law degree with high academic achievement from a national law school; a minimum of four to eight years of commercial contracts experience, preferably with a major law firm and/or corporate law department; experience negotiating and documenting a broad range of transactions and contractual relationships, preferably those involving telecommunications services, construction services, supply chain issues, access to and use of real property, and technology development and transfer. Experience counseling entrepreneurial and high-growth entities is highly desirable.

Detailed Requirements

  • Unquestioned integrity and ethics in business and personal conduct
  • A solid understanding of business and commerce, and the ability to diagnose and distinguish among legal and business problems, and to formulate and present positive, creative, actionable solutions and alternatives for management
  • Superlative written and oral communication skills, including the ability to read, think, speak and write with precision, clarity and nuance
  • The ability to think like a business executive and facilitate management objectives, yet the willingness and ability to be a “hands-on” lawyer
  • Demonstrated skill in translating complex legal concepts into clear business terms and otherwise “demystifying” them
  • The legal capabilities, organizational skills and work ethic to handle and manage a substantial workload including multiple, concurrent projects, frequently involving similar priorities and quick turnaround times, largely autonomously and with limited supervision
  • Maturity, stature, humility, a good sense of humor, and a strong desire to collaborate with other attorneys in the department along with our clients in the rest of the Company