Associate General Counsel - Litigation

Smithfield Foods
Posted Jan 31
Full Time
Smithfield, Virginia

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Your Opportunity

The Associate General Counsel provides legal advice to the Company and generally assists the Law Department and individual business units with a wide range of dispute resolution and litigation matters. This role works closely with other members of the Law Department and individual business units to achieve business objectives within acceptable risk profiles and performs duties consistent with legal and ethical requirements, as well as Company values, standards, culture and business practices. May manage attorneys and/or paralegals in one or more legal specializations, including general litigation and torts, among others. This role allows for a flexible, hybrid workplace schedule, which is anticipated to be 50-75% remote.

Responsibilities

  • Advise the Company’s risk management department in connection with general liability litigation matters.
  • Manage and coordinate the Company’s document retention initiatives and responses to a wide variety of subpoenas and third-party requests for information.
  • Oversee and/or assist with responses to discovery requests and preparation and dissemination of litigation holds for litigation matters.
  • Manage the defense of a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, including assessing risk, developing strategy, partnering with outside counsel, reviewing pleadings, and ensuring compliance with e-discovery requirements.
  • Assist in preparing witnesses for deposition and trial testimony.
  • Prepare for and attend mediations, settlement conferences and other legal proceedings.
  • Draft and review settlement agreements and confidentiality and protective orders.
  • Collaborate with other in-house counsel and advise the organization on various dispute-resolution and litigation-avoidance matters, including providing day-to-day direction and legal advice to the business on dispute resolution issues impacting the Company’s supply chain, marketing, real estate, facilities, operations, and information technology departments.
  • Review and provide advice and counsel to legal department colleagues on contractual terms relating to indemnification, arbitration, and limitation of liability provisions.
  • Use litigation as a tool to achieve business and policy goals.
  • Manage outside litigation counsel budget, work, and costs.
  • Stay abreast of legal implications of industry trends and help business team develop “big picture” strategies.
  • Assist Chief Legal Officer and Deputy General Counsel in responding to governmental investigations.

_The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.

_ Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions .

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university and 15+ years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • Must have a JD degree from an accredited law school and be admitted to practice in at least one state.
  • Minimum 10+ years of substantive business litigation experience with a corporate legal department or a well regarded law firm.
  • Skilled lawyer with the ability to manage heavy workload in a highly dynamic environment.
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently manage multiple matters and changing priorities and to complete projects in a timely and accurate manner. Detail-oriented.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), organization, analytical and interpersonal skills. Ability to clearly communicate complex concepts to internal clients and externally.
  • Sound judgment; ability to think critically, make and articulate well-reasoned recommendations.
  • Ability to counsel internal clients on the risks associated with various options and to present creative solutions to difficult problems to achieve the desired business outcome while appropriately managing risk.
  • Performance-driven with good business sense, a strong work ethic and a sense of urgency, honesty and fairness. Strong sense of ownership over matters.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team-oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment. Committed to be an engaged partner with internal clients.
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Self-confident and inspires confidence from clients; calm under pressure.
  • Willing to travel on an occasional basis.

Salary: $200,000 – $293,700 annually

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment selection process, please call us at 757-357-1595.