I could not find any general counsel or other legal position in the Stack Exchange management page.

I believe it's common for companies this size to have one, see e.g. a company from the same a16z network. (I tried to get some statistics from crunchbase and Wikidata but the corporate data over there is not complete enough, it seems.)

If there is no general counsel, who signs off legal decisions such as the recent ToS update? The CEO or some delegate based on external legal advice (from whom?)? Or what else?

  • 16
    Why does it matter? Keep in mind the company is privately owned, they are not by any means required to publicly share how they run their operation. – rene May 12 '18 at 10:03
  • 5
    It's reasonable to ask why and how decisions were made, but I'm not sure that naming a specific individual is in anyone's best interests. What can you do with someone's name that doesn't involve harassing them in some way? – ben is uǝq backwards May 12 '18 at 10:07
  • 1
    @benisuǝqbackwards I'm not that interested in the name, I only wonder about the structure. – Nemo May 12 '18 at 12:23
  • @benisuǝqbackwards - Wouldn't it be more likely a firm, not an individual? – aparente001 May 13 '18 at 2:15
  • @Nemo - I suggest you write a different question, where you ask, e.g., what firm is currently representing SE and when the contract started. – aparente001 May 13 '18 at 2:17
  • 2
    General Counsel has a very specific meaning @aparente001 - it's an individual. Not that the firm name has any more relevance. I think Nemo's more interested in whether there's an internal lawyer (counsel) who deals with everything or whether some recent decisions were made with external advice and then who in SE signed them off. – ben is uǝq backwards May 13 '18 at 7:08
  • 2
    @aparente001 I'm not that interested in the name of the firm either. Knowing whether SE employs one or several law firms and which sort of experience (copyleft? international law? privacy? etc.) would be a nice extra but just that. ⬛⬛ My question could perhaps be rephrased as "Which legal activities/competences does Stack Exchange have internally and which are outsourced, and how?" I asked about the General Counsel because it's a specific and common organisational feature, it should be easy to find out. But it was interpreted as a "personal" question. Help appreciated with editing! – Nemo May 13 '18 at 21:21
  • 1
    @Nemo - Well, you could edit your question along the lines you just explained, and perhaps with some of ben's text, if you like it. But I wonder if it might be better to scrap this question and start fresh with the explanation you gave me (perhaps including some ben text). – aparente001 May 15 '18 at 1:28
  • My personal guess is that the legal guidance was not provided in-house. That's just the feeling I got from what's been said so far. But I don't have experience with lawyers who work in this area. – aparente001 May 15 '18 at 1:29

Well based off the blog post here as of 2018 it is Adam Francoeur . There is also a link for contacts to their legal team on their /legal pages here

  • 1
    Listed there as "Corporate Counsel" and elsewhere as "Corporate Attorney". – Nemo May 22 '18 at 18:14

This question finally received an answer a couple weeks ago on https://stackoverflow.com/company/management : there is now a member of the "leadership team" for "Legal", whose role is to be:

responsible for everything legal for the company

Which sounds like a general counsel, chief legal officer or whatever usual name you prefer for the role: a person responsible for all the in-house lawyers and legal work, who reports to the CEO. The person currently filling the role appears to go by the title "VP Legal" on some personal profile.

Previously legal was only mentioned along with a bunch of other stuff under a title like "strategy":

wide variety of roles including leading executive operations, revenue operations, and corporate legal

or "finance and operations":

oversees the accounting, finance, revenue operations, corporate legal, people, and employee experience teams

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .