Lead Counsel, Regulatory Compliance

| San Francisco, CA, USA | Remote
Employer Provided Salary: 175,400-258,000 Annually
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We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

In our cars, you’re free to be yourself. It’s the same here at Cruise. We’re creating a culture that values the experiences and contributions of all of the unique individuals who collectively make up Cruise, so that every employee can do their best work. 

Cruise is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, both in our workplace and in our products. If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, come join us. Even if you might not meet every requirement, we strongly encourage you to apply. You might just be the right candidate for us.

Cruise is creating a new-to-the-world service and a world-changing category of autonomous vehicle mobility. On the legal side, the rules are being written now, and we’re the team charged with helping guide the company on legal and risk considerations as we unlock the future. We’re a collegial group in which every role matters, and you’ll have an impact on high stakes decisions, working with technical and development teams solving some of the hardest engineering challenges of our generation.  This position will report to our Senior Managing Counsel, Enterprise Safety, Regulatory and Compliance. 


  • Advise on complex AV regulatory issues and challenges at the local, state, and federal level with significant impact.

  • Advise on federal and state vehicle and driver regulations and compliance that impact AVs, including translating legal concepts to effective communications and actionable plans. 

  • Develop strategic approach and draft materials for submission to federal and state regulators. 

  • Support AV testing, ridehailing and/or delivery teams in meeting their objectives and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

  • Identify areas of compliance risk and implement processes to meet regulatory requirements and ensure ongoing compliance.

  • Build systems to analyze and communicate regulatory requirements for market entry, including traffic and motor vehicle laws, with implementation plans and traceable compliance.

  • Review and draft legal documents and advise employees on legal and regulatory issues related to vendors, projects, and marketing.

  • Provide legal counsel for on-road safety initiatives and autonomous vehicle behavior.

  • Understand the business environment and use analytical skills and experience to set regulatory priorities, and recommend options to minimize regulatory risk while meeting business objectives.

  • Advice and counsel to business decision makers on strategic issues with regulatory dimensions.

  • Collaborate with engineers and other partners on AV safety.

  • Represent Cruise in advocacy efforts with regulatory agencies, including in rulemaking and adjudicatory proceedings.


  • Experienced attorney (holding a law degree) with 10+ years doing regulatory and/or compliance work in a top law firm and/or in-house legal department

  • Member of a State bar
  • Strong, demonstrated interest in technology and what Cruise does; ability to relate with engineers and get in the details

  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment and cross-functionally

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects with short deadlines simultaneously

  • Highly responsive and service oriented with excellent legal and business judgment


  • Data and engineering counseling experience

  • Knowledge and experience with NHTSA, CPUC, DMV, or other transportation or robotics regulators 

  • Crisis management 

  • Technical undergraduate degree

*USA based remote applicants welcome, California working hours required

The salary range for this position is $175,400 - $258,000. Compensation will vary depending on location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. You may also be offered a bonus, long-term incentives, and benefits. These ranges are subject to change.

Why Cruise?

Our benefits are here to support the whole you:

  • Competitive salary and benefits 
  • Medical / dental / vision, Life and AD&D
  • Subsidized mental health benefits
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Paid parental, medical, family care, and military leave of absence
  • 401(k) Cruise matching program 
  • Fertility benefits
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Flexible Spending Account & Health Saving Account
  • Perks Wallet program for benefits/perks
  • Pre-tax Commuter benefit plan for local employees
  • CruiseFlex, our location-flexible work policy. (Learn more about CruiseFlex).

We’re Integrated

  • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.

We’re Funded

  • GM, Honda, Microsoft, T. Rowe Price, and Walmart have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, caste, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, age, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team know or email [email protected].

We proactively work to design hiring processes that promote equity and inclusion while mitigating bias. To help us track the effectiveness and inclusivity of our recruiting efforts, please consider answering the following demographic questions. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary. Your answers to these questions will not be shared with the hiring decision makers and will not impact the hiring decision in any way. Instead, Cruise will use this information not only to comply with any government reporting obligations but also to track our progress toward meeting our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging objectives.

Candidates applying for roles that operate and remotely operate the AV: Licensed to drive a motor vehicle in the U.S. for the three years immediately preceding your application, currently holding an active in-state regular driver’s license or equivalent, and no more than one point on driving record. A successful completion of a background check, drug screen and DMV Motor Vehicle Record check is also required.

Note to Recruitment Agencies: Cruise does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Furthermore, Cruise does not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved partners. 

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