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Partnering with other Patterson lawyers and its business leaders, this position is responsible for leading the Company’s efforts to manage a wide variety of litigation matters related to the company’s dental, animal health, and corporate business units. The objective of the role is to advance and protect the Company’s business priorities while minimizing legal, financial and other (e.g. operational or reputation-based) exposure through formal and informal dispute resolution processes. The position requires the highest levels performance and integrity combined with an ability to lead this work while participating in a highly collaborative Legal and Regulatory Affairs team.
This position will manage litigation and other dispute resolution across the enterprise (with the exception of employment disputes and litigation). This position will align external resources to represent the Company's interests in disputes venued in trial courts and administrative agencies. The position will (a) advise and counsel on pre-litigation matters; (b) actively manage outside counsel for strategic and economic resolution of litigation matters; and (c) provide legal advice as related to these matters. The position will analyze issues, costs, and proposed resolutions; and will prepare reports, summaries, and litigation management guidance for the General Counsel, the Legal team, the Regulatory Affairs team (as appropriate) and other Company leaders and managers. This position will focus on US work but will support formal and informal dispute resolution in Canada, and potentially other countries, as needs arise.
Handle a broad portfolio of litigation matters across a broad spectrum of complexity and organizational risk as publicly traded companies in this industry experience and publicly report
Participate as a litigation leader and strong team player in a collaborative growing legal and regulatory team
Advise executive management and Company leaders on the Company’s litigation and risk profile
Investigate and evaluate factual circumstances at issue in disputes prior to formal litigation, engage in early matter assessment, and recommend resolution of disputes prior to litigation when appropriate
Continue to develop and enhance the Company’s litigation strategy and processes (e.g. discovery and matter management) across the enterprise
Collaborate with employment counsel and their handling of employment litigation matters, reporting and processes
Work with business leaders across the enterprise to identify and manage potential litigation risks, and mitigate and resolve disputes and related risks while developing consensus (even for difficult or unpopular courses of action)
Develop and provide litigation risk assessments, including definition of the scope and nature of risks, estimated costs, likelihood of successful resolution and valuation of various outcomes
Manage and conduct all phases of internal discovery support, including: litigation hold processes, e-discovery, witness preparation, etc.
Influence and direct cross-functional teams as needed to support litigation or other dispute resolution
Manage outside counsel relationships, including: matter budgeting, law firm staffing, case management, and conflict waiver requests
Represent the Company in various state and federal courts or agencies in administrative proceedings
Work with outside counsel (as needed) to: draft and edit pleadings, briefs, memos, and depositions; negotiate settlement agreements; attend hearings and trials
Attend depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, and settlement conferences, as needed when appropriate to advance the Company’s interests
Review contracts and agreements for key issues relevant to litigation; draft and edit responses as needed
Provide focused leadership to enhance the Company’s debt collection, and resolve related disputes and litigation across the enterprise
Identify recurring issues and patterns associated with litigation and other dispute matters and collaboratively create strategies to limit the Company’s exposure
Other duties, potentially including management of staff, as assigned by the Company’s General Counsel
Job Qualifications - Required
Demonstrated track record (at least 5 years) of litigation management from inside a company including development of a strategic viewpoint on litigation
10 or more years experience as a litigator, including writing substantial numbers of complex motions and briefs, participating in depositions, conducting investigations, and acts of trial work from inception through mediation, arbitration and trail
Licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Minnesota
Strong work ethic with a willingness to self-start and take the lead
Excellent and demonstrated judgment and analytical skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Ability to prioritize effectively and process a high volume of work timely
Excellent interpersonal skills and strong ability to build rapport and deal effectively with disagreements
Ability to travel up to 10% of the time
About Patterson Companies, Inc.
Patterson Companies, Inc. is a value-added distributor serving the dental and animal health markets.Dental Market: Patterson's Dental segment provides a virtually complete range of consumable dental products, equipment and software, turnkey digital solutions and value-added services to dentists and dental laboratories throughout North America. Animal Health Market: Patterson's Animal Health segment is a leading distributor of products, services and technologies to both the production and companion animal health markets in North America and the U.K.