Profile of Hamlet A.

Hamlet A. Associate Counsel
5.0 (3 Reviews) 5 years experience USA
35.00$ /hr 105.00$ earned
ComplianceContractsLawLegal EntitiesPolicy

Hi everyone! My name is Hamlet Avakian and I am working in the legal department as an Associate Counsel at Airbnb. I have been in my role for almost 5 years now and love what I do. I work with a team of others in the legal department breaking ground in government compliance, policy, law, and much more!

Prior to Airbnb I was a paralegal at MetLife working in New York City! I have spent majority of my life in New York where I graduated from Columbia University with my B.A. In 2011 I received my J.D. from NYU and have been working at Airbnb since then!

If anyone here is interested in the corporate life of either MetLife or Airbnb please reach out and contact me directly! I would love to talk to you more about what it is I did there and all other questions you may have! 🙂

Work Experiences

  • Associate Counsel


    August 2016 - Now

    -General legal support for the various teams and functions across APAC, with a specific focus on the operations, business development and marketing teams in Japan
    -Provide regulatory, compliance and general commercial (including contracts) advice and support from both country and regional perspectives, across a wide range of areas including consumer rights, e-commerce, privacy, marketing, product counseling, dispute resolution, and industry-specific regulations
    -Manage legal risk effectively and decisively
    -Efficiently manage and creatively collaborate with outside counsels across Japan as one team
    -Participate in global and regional projects
    -Regular international travel required

  • Paralegal


    January 2010 - April 2012

    -Provide strong and focused leadership and management to a team of lawyers who are responsible for working together with our business partners and providing strategic level advice on regulatory and legal matters.
    -Provide thought leadership to business partners while accurately assessing legal risk and assisting in meeting RIS business goals and objectives.
    -Educate business partner(s) on legal developments affecting the business and highlight innovative strategies to address developments.
    -Manage the completion of business partners’ legal work through a team of lawyers.
    -Accountable for ensuring a consistently strong work product and leadership performance consistent with MetLife’s Values.
    -Advocate and effectively represent legal advice that can resolve virtually all issues and be used to guide future business conduct, as well as to help achieve the Company’s objectives.
    -Manage a diverse team of attorneys at varying levels including assignment of day-to-day matters and projects as well as performance and career development; leverage the HR
    -Performance and Development Process.
    -Coordinate with other Unit Managers and Practice Group Leads across the Law Department to develop and leverage talent to support all of the Law Department’s business partners.
    -Empower team members to drive engagement and high performance.
    -Maintain strong relationships with senior business partners.
    -Manage the resource planning and workflow for the unit.
    -In partnership with U.S. Insurance Law Chief Counsel and other leaders, participate in setting and achieving departmental objectives and initiatives, developing talent, and managing resources.
    -Inspire trust and respect of the team and business partners at all levels, motivating them to achieve Enterprise and Department goals.


  • Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.).

    University of South Carolina

    February 2013 - April 2016

  • Bachelors of Arts in Legal Studies

    Columbia University

    March 2007 - October 2011


  • 60 minute session

    35.00$ January 7, 2019

    Hamlet was super engaging and the converstion I had with her was great. I had so many questions about what it was like working at Air Bnb and wanted to learn more about the company culture and standing since it's still a relatively new company. She shared great insights about her job, working there, and what her general work life/daily routines are. I absouelty am thrilled to have been connected with her!

  • 60 minute session

    35.00$ January 8, 2019

    So glad I got to book a session with Hamlet! I'm still a senior in my undergrad and am practicing law studies and I wasn't too quite sure which law schools to apply to. Hamlet not only provided me with advice on the applcaiton process, but also talked about her past experiences attending both Columbia and USC! I got a better understanding of what to put on my essay's and how to increase my chances of being selected by these prestigious law schools. Thanks Hamlet!