Counsel, Government Contracts

Job Description

Eaton Corporation is currently seeking a Counsel, Government Contracts to join our team. This position is based in Beachwood, OH.


The Counsel, Government Contracts will provide legal guidance and support on federal state and international government contracts, including government contract formation, cost accounting, intellectual property, subcontracting and compliance.  This is a leadership position within Eaton and is a high visibility role, requiring significant exposure to senior management.


The Counsel, Government Contracts will partner with Global Contracts Chief Counsel and the Global Government Contracts Compliance Director to drive government contracts excellence in Eaton.


In this role you will:

  • Engage with the Global Contracts Chief Counsel and the Global Government Contracts Compliance Director on priority contracts and compliance issues.
  • Serve as the lead government contracts attorney for an innovative and dynamic company.
  • Work on a wide range of complex issues at the prime and subcontract level, provide risk assessments and assist with a variety of government contract and legal department initiatives.
  • Support Eaton U.S. Government and international government contract issues across civil, defense and intelligence market segments.
  • Advise on matters arising under U.S. federal procurement laws and regulations, including but not limited to the FAR, DFARS, Procurement Integrity Act, Competition in Contracting Act (CICA), DCAA cost accounting and pricing principles, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
  • Provide advice and counsel to senior management of the business and, when required, to suppliers, team members, and customers as it relates to government contracts law.
  • Assist with compliance and training matters on government contracts and specific regulatory procedures.
  • Engage with the business clients to draft, review and negotiate contracts in compliance with government contracts law.
  • Evaluate and advise on mergers and acquisitions as it relates to government contracts, joint ventures, partnerships, teaming agreements and novations.
  • Assist in the negotiation and administration of intellectual property rights and/or patents granted to other companies as it relates to FAR/DFARS.
  • Manage and resolve contract disputes, bid protests and interventions; assist with or lead the management of contract litigation as needed (bid protests, equitable adjustments, cost and pricing, and breach of contract).
  • Manage and advise senior leadership on issues related to cost accounting and pricing, audits, investigations and claims.
  • Collaborate and/or manage outside legal counsel on various legal matters.


Basic Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications
  • 10 years of experience in negotiating and reviewing government contracts, resolving complex disputes and advising executive leadership
  • 5 years of in-house experience in the aerospace and defense industry
  • 5 years of experience with Defense Counterintelligence and Security matters (e.g.s. work with U.S. DSCA of the Department of Defense/National Industrial Security Program, Facility Security Officer/FSO and FOCI related) along with other Foreign Investment matters (e.g. CFIUS)
Position Criteria
  • Strong background in U.S. federal procurement law including knowledge of the FAR and DFARS
  • Strong experience in all areas of U.S. federal procurement disputes (claims, bid protests and intervention, equitable adjustments, cost and pricing, breach of contract, etc.)
  • Ability to lead, manage and provide advice with respect to complex issues and matters for U.S. Government prime contracts and related subcontracts
  • Ability to lead, advise and manage various general matters, including bid protests, other litigation and claims management, contractor disputes, commercial disputes and compliance issues
  • Ability to assist on mergers & acquisitions and other transactions
  • Ability to collaborate with the Eaton Law Team, as well as independently with client representatives.
  • Essential skills include leadership, attention to detail, training and excellent communication skills, and the confidence to interact with Eaton’s senior management and with third parties.

We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters. We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

Job: Legal

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: Corporate Sector

Job Level: Individual Contributor
Schedule: Full-time
Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No
Does this position offer relocation?: Relocation from within United States and / or Puerto Rico
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time