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Lowe’s seeks an experienced, practical, solutions-minded litigation attorney to join its Legal Department as Corporate Counsel, Litigation. The position reports to a Vice President in the Lowe’s Legal Department and may handle a variety of commercial, consumer, regulatory, and tort disputes, claims, investigations, administrative proceedings, and litigation impacting the company’s business.
The position is responsible for managing matters through all phases of litigation, including pre-suit demands, as well as counseling various business clients on risk and litigation mitigation strategies while balancing the company’s practical business needs, capabilities, and objectives. The position will require managing outside counsel in an efficient and cost effective manner while producing quality results, handling certain matters without outside counsel, working with business members at different levels within the company, and working with or overseeing other attorneys, paraprofessionals, and legal staff across the company’s global locations.
Specific matters may include consumer class actions, regulatory investigations or claims by local, state, or federal agencies, subpoenas, and intellectual property, contract, products’ liability, premises’ liability, real property, or construction cases. Specific tasks may include developing case resolution strategies, monitoring legal and litigation trends for potential impacts to the company’s business, managing and assisting in developing discovery mitigation strategies and responses and outside counsel and expert witness budgets, preparing or editing pleadings and settlement documents, witness preparation, representing the company in legal proceedings and alternative dispute resolution forums, and negotiating favorable resolutions of legal matters for the company. The successful candidate may be called upon to manage large projects relating to risk mitigation, litigation, legal expense, discovery, and outside counsel management, which will include working with stakeholders outside of Lowe’s Legal Department.
Ability to manage and resolve litigation in a way that meets company strategies, within applicable budgets and authority, at times using internal resources only and at other times using outside counsel.
Ability to deliver work product within business constraints in a high-volume, fast-paced and demanding environment while balancing competing client requests.
Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of laws applicable to one or more of the following so as to be able to evaluate situations and act decisively by understanding the short-term, intermediate, and long term business and legal implications of decisions being made or under consideration: litigation management, tort law, commercial law, consumer law, or regulatory law.
Experience leading or ability to lead large scale, complex legal projects and to propose practical options for meeting client business goals within applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
Ability to travel, including air travel, domestically and internationally on occasion (approximately 4-8 times per year).
JD from an ABA accredited institution
Minimum of 7 years relevant experience in law firm, in-house, or legal field
Licensed to practice law and in good standing in at least one state
Strong academic credentials from the respective ABA accredited institution
High energy and a dedication to client service
Uncompromising honesty and integrity; Ability to maintain confidentiality
Exceptional oral and written communications, presentation, interpersonal and facilitation skills. Must interact confidently, persuasively, and diplomatically with all levels of the organization.
Accuracy and attention to detail
Strong computer skills with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
Ability to prioritize, manage multiple tasks and projects, and meet deadlines within a fast-paced environment
Skill and ability to collaborate within a team as well as operate independently
Demonstrated ability to work efficiently, prioritize workflow, meet demanding deadlines, and manage multi-faceted projects in a fast-paced environment
Strong negotiation, drafting, and analytical skills for various types of disputes.
In-house legal experience or large firm litigation experience.
Retail, Home Improvement, or Product Manufacturer/Supplier experience.
Strong interest in practical solutions and early dispute resolution.
Familiarity with one of the following: complex discovery and subpoenas, litigation management, alternative dispute resolution, creating and managing litigation budgets, insurance coverage for common types of litigation claims, managing paraprofessionals.
Experience with and understanding of the legal issues related to one or more of the following areas: tort claims (products’ liability, premises’ liability, professional negligence, or common tort claims), commercial disputes (contract disputes, common business tort claims), discovery and subpoenas, intellectual property (trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, patents), construction or real property disputes, consumer law disputes, and regulatory enforcement.
Internal Number: 1369678BR
About Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe's and its related businesses operate or service 2,365 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.
Lowe’s is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and administers all personnel practices without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, genetics or any other category protected under applicable law.