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Associate General Counsel - Litigation & Product Safety
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Associate General Counsel - Litigation & Product Safety The candidate will report to the General Counsel and advise the company on matters involving all forms of litigation, pre-dispute resolution and product safety matters (e.g., commercial, intellectual property, product liability, asbestos among others) including litigation strategy and management of litigation work flows, which will require significant interaction with external counsel and the company s engineering, sales, product safety and technical staff. As the company develops new products and functionalities that raise product liability and/or safety issues, work closely with the team to advise regarding legal and product safety requirements. Supervise product safety staff and others as required (and potentially a litigation administrative assistant). Require substantive expertise in product liability litigation combined with excellent project management skills and sound judgment in managing cases and interacting with internal business clients. Advise the company on matters involving all forms of litigation, pre-dispute resolution and product safety matters (e.g., commercial, intellectual property, product liability, asbestos among others) and manage litigation work flows, interacting with external counsel on strategy and execution of litigation in various jurisdictions in the Americas and, at times, in EMEA and APAC. Coordinate responses to governmental investigations, proceedings and enforcement actions. Oversee claims resolution while liaising with outside insurance carriers. Review and comment on litigation documents prepared by counsel, attend depositions, hearings, mediations and trials. Responsible for developing and assessing case strategies, conducting and managing interviews of fact and expert witnesses, handling discovery requests, reviewing court filings and managing external counsel. Coordinate with responsible business units and counterparts in the company s Legal Departments in EMEA and APAC. Review the company s publications, manuals and advertising materials from a product liability and safety standpoint. Coordinate and oversee technical input to product liability litigation and related research tasks. Provide feedback of information gained from product liability to departments responsible for design and development activities. Manage litigation budgets and work to minimize outside counsel expense levels. Provide support on regulatory matters. Supervise outside lawyers, product safety staff and a legal assistant/paralegal. Provide support to business groups responsible for handling customer complaints and claims. Juris Doctorate degree and 10-15 years of intensive prior litigation experience, preferably with experience at both at a law firm and as in-house counsel required. Trial experience preferred. Strong leadership skills with the ability to influence internal and external stakeholders and guide decision making required. Experience across multiple areas of litigation and adversary proceedings (e.g., commercial, intellectual property, product liability, asbestos among others) required. Ability to manage a large portfolio and variety of claims and projects required. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with executives and employees at all levels within the organization required. Experience in the heavy construction industry preferred.
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