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As Assistant General Counsel, you will report to, support, and collaborate with the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel to manage and direct complex insured and self-insured litigation and presuit claims and potentially assist with a wide variety of other legal matters for the Company and its operating subsidiaries nationwide. In this position, you will interact regularly with the Company’s General Counsel and other members of the Legal Department and Risk Management Department, as well as BMC’s business leaders, department managers, and field operations leaders.
Conduct and manage BMC’s insured and self-insured litigation and claim responses including coordinating discovery and defense, engaging outside counsel, notifying insurance carriers, preparing litigation holds, and assisting with Company witness preparation for depositions, discovery and mediation.
Oversee and coordinate legal aspects of BMC’s litigation and presuit claims management processes to ensure efficient and effective resolution of cases and claims involving various substantive legal areas, including construction defect, products liability, personal injury, motor vehicle torts, employment, safety and other regulatory claims, workers’ compensation, insurance coverage, preferential payments, breach of contract, and various business torts.
Assist and participate in responses to federal and state agencies including the EEOC’s, state human rights commissions’, OSHA and state safety agencies’, and environmental agencies’ charges and citations.
Advise Company department and field management and operations leaders on the interpretation of Company standards and policies, threatened claims, proper legal protocol and practices, and responsive actions.
Facilitate timely responses to requests from field operations and sales teams, producing strong work product with minimal interference to field productivity.
Serve as BMC’s acting Company representative in key mediations, settlement hearings, and negotiating settlements and release agreements.
Synchronize litigation reports including preparing monthly and quarterly case and claims reports, advising on accounting reserves, and preparing exposure analyses.
Successfully direct and manage potential longer-term legal projects to minimize BMC’s financial and business exposure.
Timely respond to internal and external customer requests and inquiries.
Participate in and conduct internal investigations.
Manage outside legal counsel activities including negotiating fee arrangements, coordinating budgeting, and reviewing legal bills.
Proactively identify and surface Company legal exposure, and determine and coordinate appropriate corrective actions.
Must currently be a member in good standing of a state bar with no history of professional discipline.
Adept at developing strong, collaborative working relationships with internal and external clients, in-house teams, and outside counsel; strong people management skills with experience supervising paralegals and managing junior lawyers.
Ability to work fairly independently starting day one.
Must be able to work successfully in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and demands and to seek supervisory assistance as appropriate.
Ability to handle a very high volume of time sensitive matters and manage conflicting priorities.
MS Office and computer literate.
Ability to travel occasionally, up to 30%.
Thoughtful, strategic, and detail oriented.
Creative problem solver.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Self-directed, strong business and financial acumen, and results oriented.
Must be licensed and actively practicing law as a state and federal court litigator for 5-7 years having progressive legal experience and responsibility working for a strong law firm or corporate legal department.
Experience working in a public company’s legal department and managing a large litigation and claims docket is a plus.
Ideally, the successful candidate will have litigation experience in a variety of substantive legal areas with significant experience defending residential and light commercial construction defect litigation including related insurance coverage.
Knowledge of the homebuilding industry is preferred; experience working for or representing national home builders, particularly those with operations in California and Nevada, including having a working familiarity with right to repair statutes and practice in California and Nevada, as well as other states, is preferred and a definite plus.
Prior experience with electronic or cloud-based litigation, risk management, and document management systems.
Interested candidates should apply with a cover letter and resume.
“Customer and People First. Always. Non negotiable. It's the BMC DNA.”
Mike Farmer, Senior Vice President of HR
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, BMC is a best-in class provider of diversified building materials, trusses and components, doors and millwork, and targeted construction and installation services. With nearly 10,000 employees, we operate facilities in 18 states and 42 metropolitan areas. BMC stands for more than delivering building materials and construction services. We’re about helping professional builders get results through product and service selection, our expertise in local markets, and our commitment to safety and innovation. From residential to light commercial construction, we’ve got it covered. If you’d like to become part of an exciting, fast-paced organization, BMC is the company for you!