This Employment & Commercial Litigation Counsel will report to and work under the direction of the Chief Counsel of the America / Global Litigation Director and will work directly with the Litigation Paralegal, management, HR, Finance, and other members of the Legal team to handle litigation, claims, and employment matters, including many high-stakes and high-profile disputes.
Employment and Litigation Counsel will work closely with HR to improve employment practices and proactively avoid employee litigation and claims. Counsel will have also have the opportunity to work on a variety of interesting projects and legal matters involving many of the top companies in the world.
The Legal Department provides support for ERM’s management and operations globally (more than 40 countries and territories, with clients in 160-plus countries). The General Counsel – located in London, England – leads the entire Global Legal Department.
- Support Chief Counsel of the Americas / Global Litigation Director in providing leadership for key elements of ERM’s risk assessment and risk management program;
- Directly handle – and oversee outside counsel in cost-effectively handling – many different types of claims, lawsuits, and negotiations on a wide array of complex legal, business, and insurance issues. These may include acquisitions, contracts, risk management, regulatory compliance, state and federal employment guidelines and requirements, and strategy;
- Apply knowledge of industry best practices to identify trends and reduce ERM’s exposure;
- Work closely with HR on a variety of employment issues such as non-compete reviews, employment investigations and negotiations, separations, EEOC claims, federal and state employment compliance, drafting policies and procedures, and many other HR-related projects;
- Work closely with the Litigation Paralegal to carry out investigations, prepare discovery responses and production, respond to FINRA requests, handle claims and lawsuits, and many other tasks; and
- Perform other legal duties as may be directed by the General Counsel or the Chief Counsel of the Americas / Global Litigation Director.
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:
The successful candidate will display a high level of technical proficiency, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and enthusiasm for working with a highly collaborative team.
This position requires consistent interaction with the Chief Counsel of the Americas / Global Litigation Director (to whom this position reports), regional attorneys, and others of the global Legal team, in addition to ERM executives, consultants, support staff, and clients. Specifically, the following skills are required:
- Experience as an employment attorney (including EEOC and Title VII issues involving employees in multiple jurisdictions) and/or business litigation attorney;
- Bar Admission in any state where ERM has an office, although this position requires full-time residence in Austin, TX or in California;
- Application of practical, legal, institutional, and commercial judgment to ambiguous situations;
- Effective negotiation, risk mitigation, and litigation prevention;
- Desire and ability to be a go-to legal team member with a value-add approach to business counseling and problem solving;
- Ability to balance independent judgment with the need for collaborative teamwork;
- Commitment to adhering to the highest level of professional and ethical behavior;
- Excellent time-management to handle many competing priorities and to think and work systematically;
- Ability to be comfortable in dealing with executives, consultants, and clients who are working under the pressure of deadlines;
- Appropriately responding to a variety of non-routine – and often complex – requests and demands;
- Willingness to work irregular hours as circumstances require;
- Excellent communication skills and ability to explain clearly (in writing and orally) complex legal or technical information to managers and professionals who practice in different disciplines;
- Ability to meet critical objectives while considering the impact of the decisions and activities on the ability to achieve long-term organizational goals;
- Willingness to do whatever else is necessary (e.g., assisting with acquisitions, insurance issues, or any number of other needs that may arise).
- Work collaboratively with the Chief Counsel of the Americas / Global Litigation Director, the Litigation Paralegal, and other regional attorneys and paralegals;
- Display technical expertise, legal analysis, and business counseling;
- Work to develop litigation strategy, communications plans, and risk management programs, including protocols and training for in-house clients;
- Assist in preparing reports and disclosures regarding ERM’s current and past claims and litigation history, as well as reports on litigation trends and emerging issues. These will include analysis of the root causes of a claim and proposed measures to prevent future claims and mitigate losses;
- Turn around high-quality work product – in a fast-paced, and often time-sensitive, environment with a high volume of requests – within appropriate project timeframes, including providing expedited service when necessary.
- Law Degree (J.D.) from an accredited institution;
- License to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction;
- Minimum 3 years’ experience as an employment and/or commercial litigation attorney;
- Experience providing legal advice in one or more of the following additional areas: construction law, environmental law, insurance, intellectual property, or consulting or similar services;
- Proven success in consistently managing litigation matters to efficient and economically sensible outcomes;
- Track record of using technology to implement process improvements;
- Ability to write and communicate in Spanish is a plus but not necessary;
- Must be willing to travel, including possibly internationally, up to 20% of the time; and
- Must be able to remain in a stationary position, operating a computer and a telephone, up to 100% of the time while working; and
- Must have a suitable environment for working at home (including by video conference) as the need arises.