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This position will be the key legal counsel on all employment, benefits, and litigation matters for a specialty retail company with operations in the U.S., Canada, and abroad.
Employment & Litigation Counsel
Provide legal advice on a broad range of employment law matters, including hiring, retention, performance management, separations, discrimination, harassment, investigations, accommodations and leaves of absence, wage and hour, and immigration matters.
Prepare legal documents including employment, separation, restrictive covenants and other HR related agreements.
Proactively monitor and advise on new developments in employment laws.
Develop and improve employment law-related compliance processes, policies and guidelines to minimize legal exposure. Develop and collaborate on training.
Lead audits and handle employee-related disputes. Investigate claims and draft position statements, mediation statements, and other documents in connection with employment-related claims.
Manage all litigation matters for the company. Handle all pre-suit matters in-house by investigating claims and gathering relevant information, communicating with opposing counsel, drafting relevant documents, and negotiating resolution.
Manage outside counsel handling all types of litigation, including development and management of budgets, guiding on litigation strategy, reviewing pleadings and other documents.
Assist with responses to subpoenas and similar requests.
Manage outside counsel and budget on all employment and litigation matters.
Perform other employment law and compliance and litigation related duties as required
Education and Experience:
Juris doctorate from an accredited law school
Member in good standing of the State Bar of New Jersey, or a State Bar and able to register as New Jersey in-house counsel
8+ years of employment and/or litigation experience
In-house experience preferred from Retail or Consumer Goods industry
Expert-level knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations (including ADA, ADEA, FMLA, CFRA, FLSA, FEHA, etc.)
Skills and Behaviors:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strategic thinker with excellent legal and business judgment
Ability to explain complex legal concepts to business partners and senior management
Excellent interpersonal and client management skills, with an ability to inspire confidence and trust with a variety of clients and business partners.
Proven ability to handle stressful situations, a high-volume workload, and provide client service in a calm and professional manner.
Flexibility and strong analytic and problem-solving ability
Ability to work both independently and within a team environment
A dedication and commitment to practicing law in a fast-paced, team-focused environment
Knowledge of cost-effective management of outside legal resources
Highly proficient in Microsoft Office
Ability to work towards multiple deadlines with shifting priorities
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
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