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Counsel, Litigation
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Counsel, Litigation Responsibilities: Provide oversight and strategic direction to outside counsel with respect to the handling of assigned caseloads of lawsuits, claims, and subpoenas. Support business partners and company witnesses on matters relating to litigation, including witness interviews, document collection, depositions, hearings, and other adversarial proceedings. Represent Conagra Brands in legal, administrative, and regulatory proceedings, as well as in mediations and settlement negotiations. Oversee discovery processes, including e-discovery and legal hold, for assigned caseload; champion the evolution of tools, processes, and services. Assist in identifying opportunities for continuous improvement within the litigation group and lead efforts to implement process improvement solutions. Advise business partners on dispute resolution, litigation, insurance, regulatory, and risk management among other matters and identify opportunities to provide training. Ensure appropriate use and deployment of Company assets at all times, including through enforcement of billing guidelines and negotiation of alternative fee arrangements. Develop and maintain strong working relationships with business partners and other members of the litigation team and legal department, as well as external partners. Commit to promoting the development of one's own legal and business skills, industry knowledge, and to maintaining an inclusive working environment.

Qualifications: Licensed attorney with 4+ years of litigation experience in a law firm or corporate litigation department. Meaningful exposure to a broad range of litigation matters; relevant experience includes commercial and contract disputes, product liability, personal injury, employment, environmental, insurance coverage, and class action disputes. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, think critically, manage complex projects, learn new areas of law, and solve problems. Understanding of e-discovery best practices; hands-on experience with e-discovery software/tools preferred. Must be able to work autonomously in area of responsibility while keeping manager and business partners appropriately informed. High integrity, collaboration skills, and emotional intelligence. Able to manage complex projects within established budgets. Collaboratively influential. Must be able to ensure key legal perspectives are taken into account and alternative actions and outcomes considered, even if unpopular. Professional and effective written and oral communication skills. Ability to think in business scenarios, evaluate and articulate risk on a cost-benefit basis, and propose creative alternative solutions. Demonstrated curiosity; ability to quickly learn new areas and business considerations; comfortable with change. Committed to personal development and continuous learning. Must have a bias toward action; takes personal initiative to hold self and team accountable for delivering desired results. Must be able to handle company confidential information and data requiring the highest degree of attention to preserving confidentiality. Self-starter with a sense of urgency, ability to multi-task, stay organized; ability to handle unanticipated situations effectively, and work well under pressure with tight deadlines.
 
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