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DineEquity, Inc. has an immediate opening for an exceptional attorney to serve as Senior Litigation Counsel. Under the direction of the Associate General Counsel, this attorney’s primary responsibilities will include (1) hands-on management of litigation matters for DineEquity, Applebee’s and IHOP, including in arbitration, mediation, state and federal courts; (2) processing and conducting initial review of new lawsuits, attorney demands, and regulatory complaints; (3) active management of outside counsel for strategic and economic resolution of litigation matters; (4) serving as counsel of record as necessary; (5) advising and counseling on pre-litigation matters; and (6) business counseling for compliance as well as risk mitigation
6+ years of civil litigation experience in a top-tier law firm and/or corporation
Knowledge of all phases of litigation and trial process in both state and federal court
Experience in alternative dispute procedures, including mediation and arbitration
Strategic management of litigation;
Self-starter, ownership and initiative of all matters and issues
Strong negotiation, interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
Track record of initiative, problem solving abilities, and intellectual curiosity
Interest in a wide range of litigation matters, including in labor and employment, trademark, patent, consumer litigation, class actions, compliance, and general business disputes
Strong organizational and time management skills required
Excellent business judgment, ability to think strategically and give practical advice
Excellent interpersonal skills; must be a team player and work well in a fast-paced, highly collaborative, team environment
Restaurant or hospitality industry experience as well as franchise experience is preferred
JD from a top-tier law school and a member of the California Bar, or qualified to register as an in-house attorney in California
Additional Salary Information: Includes bonus and equity
DineEquity was created from a foundation established by IHOP—an American icon to our guests and a franchising company providing strategic, visionary leadership for our franchisees, unparalleled opportunities for our team members, and enhancing value for our shareholders. By bringing Applebee's together with IHOP in 2007, we made a bold, new commitment to our brand-revitalization abilities, to the ...power of franchising, and made our two businesses more successful than either brand could have been apart.We are a global leader and envision a future where DineEquity is the world’s leading restaurant company of iconic brands. We are innovators, always trying to deliver a better guest experience and take accountability for our actions. We are committed to the highest ethical standards and build trust through honest, open communication. We foster a nimble, collaborative and creative environment. Our team members embrace these values and see how our actions affect our franchisees, our brands, and in the communities we serve.