Senior Corporate Counsel - Litigation, Employment and Internal Investigations
As a Senior Corporate Counsel – Litigation, Employment & Internal Investigation, you will perform wide range of legal activities to support the operation, growth and development of the Company. Provides legal advice and counsel to Human Resources function, Legal Department and business team members. Works with HR, business and technical teams on a day-to-day basis to identify, analyze and propose solutions to legal issues. Provides solution-based advice and counsel. Works with and supervises outside counsel on various legal matters as appropriate. Assists the broader Legal team in managing general commercial transactions, international law, litigation and other matters as needed.Duties & Responsibilities of Senior Corporate Counsel, Litigation, Employment & Internal Investigations:Provide legalsupport to the business and Human Resources function including counseling,contract drafting and guidance, compliance and litigation management; manage litigation, administrative proceedings, regulatory enforcement actions, and responses to government inquiries; provide advice regarding dispute resolution; provide advice to lines of business regarding litigation avoidance and compliance with laws and regulations; conduct privilegedinternalinvestigations and manageinvestigations process.
- Provide legal advice on employment law issues to managers and partner withHR managers regarding compliance with employment laws worldwide.
- Work collaboratively with the Employee Relations team on implications of new legislation and anticipated developments likely to affect company policy and practice, and work collaboratively to determine necessary responses.
- Advise Human Resources function on policy development.
- Advise lines of business or functions on a range of legal matters including dispute avoidance and resolution.
- Conduct internal investigations under legal privilege.
- Develop and manage forms for employment-related contracts.
- Develop and execute strategies to achieve successful outcomes in litigation matters worldwide.
- Manage all aspects of litigation, including strategy development, budget development and tracking, management of outside counsel, responses to discovery, litigation holds and record retention and deletion rules.
- Manage responses to government inquiries and investigations and subpoenas from third parties.
- Develop and implement policies for responding to government inquiries and investigations and third party subpoenas.
- Maintains knowledge of industry, legal and regulatory developments that affect the Company and informs management as appropriate. Ensures compliance with laws and regulations.
- As part of the global legal team, works closely together with all members of the team in managing general legal transactions/projects/programs, international law, compliance, employee relations, litigation, business development and other matters as needed.
- Develops understanding of Company’s business operations and ongoing related legal issues in order to proactively identify and mitigate legal risks. Works with business and technical teams on a day-to-day basis to identify, analyze and propose solutions to legal issues.
- May be responsible for budget setting, monitoring and control.
- May work with and supervise outside counsel on various legal matters as appropriate. May assist the broader legal team in managing general commercial transactions, international law, litigation and other matters as needed.
- Support the development and management of department policies and procedures.
- Adheres to and models the IDEXX Code of Ethics and the IDEXX Purpose & Guiding Principles.
- May lead or directly manage work of others and perform other duties as assigned.
Required:Juris Doctor (JD) required. 6+ years of relevant experience, including experience within a multi-jurisdictional law firm and within an in-house legal department. Practice area focus on employment law and litigation, with cross-border or multi-jurisdictional experience in these areas including internal investigations.Preferred:Experience with cyber security legal issues and risk management. Privacy law expertise. Experience handling investigations by regulatory agencies, such as the EEOC and related local authorities. Experience developing compliance programs and training.Required Skills and Abilities:
- Cross-border or multi-jurisdictional litigation, employment and investigations expertise.
- Excellent problem-solving, risk identification, mitigation and calibration skills, applied with sound judgment.
- Ability to identify emerging litigation risk areas for a global company and learn and stay abreast of developments in new areas of the law as they develop in these areas (for example, cyber-risk and cybersecurity).
- Skilled, clear communicator: orally as well as in writing.
- Ability to work independently, initiate and coordinate projects and meet deadlines within a changing, fast-paced environment.
- Pays close attention to detail, handles confidential information with discretion and possesses a “can do” attitude.
- Strategic-thinker, goal- and team-orientated, able to handle difficult issues in a professional, assertive and proactive manner.
- Track record for developing cross-functional relationships with all levels of an organization.
- Practical, business-oriented approach to problem-solving, tempered by an appreciation of legal complexity and risk.
- Leadership skills.
- Intellectual curiosity and ability to maintain a high level of technical expertise while keeping abreast of key legal and company developments.
- Ability to act decisively and effectively in ambiguous situations and to maintain both a line of business and a corporate perspective on business and legal issues.
- Demonstrated commitment to continuous development and continuous improvement.
- High ethical standards.
- Extensive sitting, phone and computer use. Some travelrequired. General office environment. Normal office noise level, with occasional moderate noise.