Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment

Bridgestone &Firestone   •  

Nashville, TN

Industry: Automotive.


5 - 7 years

Posted 410 days ago

Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment

Employee: Regular Full-Time

Location:Nashville, TN

Team: Legal

Requisition ID:2017-108618

DegreePreferred: Doctorate

Zip Code: 37214

Posted Date:2017-08-15


Job Description

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is seeking an attorney experienced in Labor & Employment Law to fill a senior counsel position in the Company’s Law Department. This position will report to the General Counsel, Labor & Employment.


BSAM is headquartered in Nashville, TN and, along with its subsidiaries, employs 43,000 teammates throughout the Americas. The Business includes tire manufacturing plants, more than 2,200 retail stores, more than 200 commercial stores, distribution centers, and building products and industrial products facilities.


  • Advising BSAM Human Resources on employment law matters under federal and state laws (e.g., Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, NLRA)
  • Monitoring legal developments to ensure compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws
  • Drafting and revising policies
  • Investigating employment lawclaims to respond to EEOC Charges, State Agency Charges, and Claims under the Company’s Employee Dispute Resolution Plan
  • Litigating claims under the Company’s EDR Plan, including written discovery, taking and defending depositions, conducting arbitration hearings, and drafting post-hearing briefs
  • Drafting responses to Charges and Claims and representing the Company in administrative proceedings
  • Drafting mediation statements, handling mediation, and negotiating legal settlements
  • Conducting compliance training
  • Engaging outside counsel in an effective and cost-effective manner and managing litigation
  • Assessing legal risk and making recommendations to senior management
  • Traveling on a regular basis to attend mediation and hearings and to conduct training


  • J.D. from an accredited law school
  • License to practice law and in good standing in any U.S. state
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, experience in, and interest in all aspects of employment law 
  • A minimum of five years of professional law practice experience (law firm and/or in house) with primary focus in Labor & Employment law
  • Experience with union facilities is a plus but not required
  • Knowledge of California employment laws is a plus but not required
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written, with the ability to synthesize complex legal issues to their essential elements
  • Demonstrated experience, comfort and confidence to interact and relate well within a legal department, and build trusting relationships with HR and the senior leadership of BSAM’s operating units and subsidiaries
  • The ability to work well in a team environment
  • The self-confidence to work autonomously
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex legal issues, measure legal risk, and communicate guidance to management 
  • The ability to supervise and manage outside counsel
  • The ability to prioritize responsibilities, to work efficiently, to manage and to conclude, in a timely manner, many projects, issues, and cases
  • A measured sense of humor and diplomatic skills, each to be used appropriately


In addition, a Candidate should be:

  • A team player and business partner who is open, communicative and committed to the overall success of the Company
  • A highly intelligent, self-starting individual
  • An individual with unquestionable integrity who can act as a resource for the Law Department and the Company.
  • A poised professional with a high level of self-confidence and the ability to work with all levels of management
  • An individual who is flexible and able to operate in a changing environment
  • An individual who has the judgment and intelligence to know when to ask for assistance and additional direction