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Assistant General Counsel - Litigation
Refer job# LRVC159154
 
Assistant General Counsel - Litigation The candidate will report directly to the Vice President & Deputy General Counsel - Litigation. Manage both offensive and defensive commercial and insured litigation matters; Responsible for formulating, re-assessing and driving strategy on pending and threatened claims and litigation; Both supervise and partner with outside counsel to ensure that all aspects of legal representation of the Company are of the highest quality and provide day-to-day management of all aspects of matters, including strategic and tactical decision-making and critical review of written work product; Establish and manage budgets. Investigate, and actively manage or directly handle local, state and federal agency investigations or actions involving consumer protection, compliance or other regulatory issues. Investigate, assess and advise on or directly respond to pre-litigation claims and disputes; Provide succinct and practical advice on risk, claim, litigation and regulatory issues to internal teams. Review and assess operational policies, processes and practices to identify, evaluate and mitigate claim and litigation risk; Work closely with the business leaders to ensure that company policies and procedures are in compliance with current laws and are being followed by the Company. Maintain a current in-depth knowledge with respect to all U.S. federal, state and local laws and regulations, and basic knowledge of Canadian federal and provincial law, in order to interpret laws and regulations as they relate to and impact ADT's North America operations. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the Company's organizational structure, business operations and policies & procedures in order to identify and assess areas of risk, defend claims and litigation, and counsel & advise business management on matters of risk mitigation and dispute resolution. Maintain substantive knowledge of statutes, regulations, precedential law and procedural rules associated with tort, contract, commercial, product liability and consumer protection legal issues. Communicate and provide advice regularly to the Chief Legal Officer, Deputy General Counsels, other attorneys and business managers and team members. Directly handle or work with outside counsel to defend the Company in various types of litigation, including but not limited to, developing strategy, preparing/reviewing pleadings and motions, participating in depositions, attending hearings, assessing potential exposure, and recommending appropriate reserves, as well as advising on matters related to public relations, public policy, political/legislative considerations, etc. manage outside counsel in conjunction with the Company's Litigation Operations Manager to control and reduce outside counsel and other related litigation costs and expenses. Provide regular reports to Vice President & Deputy General Counsel - Litigation regarding the status of litigation and claims, recovery initiatives and other matters. Develop and/or deliver training programs to facilitate compliance, educate business team members and reduce the risk of future claims and/or litigation. Formulate creative business-oriented strategies and solutions to support customer service efforts. Perform such other duties as requested by the Vice President &Deputy General Counsel, Litigation, J.D. degree from a leading law school, with excellent academic credentials. Member in good standing, of at least one US state bar. If licensed outside the State of Florida, admission to the Florida Bar as In-House Counsel is required. A minimum of 10 years experience with primary emphasis on litigation. This may include relevant law firm, in-house and/or government experience. Mediation, arbitration and trial experience required. Extensive experience with commercial litigation and motion practice, including preparation and review of pleadings, depositions, and oral argument. Familiarity with eDiscovery issues, including document retention policies and procedures as well as collection, review, and production of documents. A firm understanding of relevant compliance rules and requirements, including the laws and regulations governing U.S. companies, as well as an appreciation of pertinent accounting and finance principles. Experience working with insurance carriers, Intellectual Property experience a plus. Highly efficient time management skills and ability to work effectively to meet deadlines in a rigorous business environment with a demanding case workload, and ability to adjust to frequent workload fluctuations. Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal, and leadership skills. Able to command the trust and respect of the Chief Legal Officer, Vice President & Deputy General Counsels, other attorneys, and business managers and team members at all levels. Intellectually bright and curious, exercises great judgment and thinks strategically. Independent self-starter with highly effective analytical and problem-solving skills Strong sense of organization and attention to detail. An individual with high ethical standards whose opinions and advice are sought and respected. Able to work with team members, drawing on their strengths to achieve a common goal.
 
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