Legal Assistant - Washington, DC

Company Overview:

Cogent Communications is a global, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP, consistently ranked as one of the top five networks in the world and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the ticker symbol CCOI. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access and Ethernet transport services. Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical IP network backbone provides IP services globally. Since its inception, Cogent has unleashed the benefits of IP technology, building one of the largest and highest capacity IP networks in the world. This network enables Cogent to offer large bandwidth connections at highly competitive prices. Cogent also offers superior customer support by virtue of its end-to-end control of service delivery and network monitoring. A competitive base salary and a full benefits package including; Health, Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off (PTO), Short- and Long-Term Disability, Life Insurance, Holidays, Parental Leave, 401(k) plan with employer match, stock options, and an Employee Assistance Program. Most benefits take effect within 30 days of employment, and some require a waiting period.

Role Overview:

The legal department of Cogent Communications seeks a Legal Assistant to work at Cogent’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Cogent Communications, is a publicly traded, growing high-speed Internet service provider with operations in North America, Europe, South America and Asia.

The Legal Assistant will support a small legal department currently consisting of three lawyers and the company’s corporate secretary.


  • The position’s primary responsibility will be completing and submitting regulatory filings and maintaining corporate qualifications in various jurisdictions in the U.S. and countries where Cogent operates
  • Handle insurance (applications, claims and COIs) and corporate compliance matters
  • Facilitate payment of monthly invoices and estimates from outside legal counsel
  • Support in the administration of the Cogent stock plans and Section 16 reporting obligations.
  • Interface on a regular basis with partners in the Sales, Finance and Operations groups and create and maintain excellent working relationships
  • Provide administrative support to the Legal department and handle other matters as necessary


  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail, with accurate input and proofreading skills
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize own workload and meet deadlines
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with personnel at all levels and exercise sound decision-making
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects in a dynamic environment with tight deadlines
  • Willingness to learn
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two or more years of relevant work experience
  • Experience in creating, qualifying and maintaining corporate entities in the United States and worldwide
  • Experience in identifying, completing and submitting telecommunications regulatory filings internationally
  • Experience in creating a compliance calendar to monitor the timing of required filings
  • SEC Section 16 reporting experience
  • Experience in a corporate in-house legal department
  • Knowledge of telecommunications and/or the technology industry

COVID-19 Policy:

Cogent has adopted a mandatory vaccination and booster policy which requires all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated with one booster against COVID-19. Prior to beginning employment, new employees must provide proof of vaccination or apply for and receive an accommodation to be exempt from the policy.

By submitting an application or resume for this position, I understand that is an in-office position and agree to abide Cogent’s mandatory vaccination policy.

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Cogent Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.