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Principal Counsel, Employment Law

$205,700- $266,000/ year
Posted Mar 04
Full Time
On Site
Burbank, California

Job Summary:

At Disney, we‘re storytellers. We make the impossible possible. We do this through utilizing and developing cutting-edge technology and pushing the envelope to bring stories to life through our movies, products, interactive games, parks and resorts, and media networks. Now is your chance to join our talented team that delivers unparalleled creative content to audiences around the world.

The successful candidate for this Principal Counsel position will be a member and integral part of Disney’s Employment Law team, specializing in workplace health and safety matters and working on employment matters affecting the entire Disney enterprise across our corporate functions and our business segments of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products; ESPN; and Disney Entertainment (including Disney Live Action, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, ABC, Hulu and Disney+).  The Principal Counsel will work with legal colleagues, business leaders, Employee Relations, and Human Resources professionals to help shape Disney’s workplace safety philosophy, policies, and practices. 


  • Utilize expertise, creativity, and judgement to avoid and, when necessary, resolve disputes.

  • Compliance with OSHA, CAL/OSHA, and all other federal and state safety regulations.

  • Defense and appeal of OSHA and Cal/OSHA citations.

  • Conduct or advise others on the conduct of workplace investigations.

  • Conduct or advise others on workplace safety audits.

  • Illness/injury prevention and other workplace safety-related programs.

  • Provide direction on the investigation of certain whistleblower complaints.

  • Counsel internal clients on a vast array of workplace safety matters.

  • Draft responses to OSHA, Cal/OSHA; WorkSafeBC and similar governmental agency claims and demand letters.

  • Supervise the drafting of and revise OSHA, Cal/OSHA, WorkSafeBC and other administrative charge responses and represent the company in administrative proceedings.

  • Evaluate current and anticipate future legislative trends in all areas of workplace safety.

  • Work with partners across the company to enhance training programs.

  • Educate and instill workplace safety principles in our clients during every interaction.

  • Inspire and motivate others to be a best-in-class company for workplace safety.

  • Expertise in state and federal environmental laws and regulations is a plus. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of eight (8) years of relevant experience in a law firm or corporate legal department or a combination.

  • Concentration in and enthusiasm for workplace safety legal advice and counseling.

  • Ability to spot and analyze complex issues and devise practical strategies and solutions.

  • Superior written and oral communication skills.

  • Superior drafting, negotiating and persuasive skills.

  • Superior interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with co-workers at all levels.

Required Education:

  • JD or equivalent from an accredited law school

  • Membership in the California State Bar in good standing or willingness and qualification to be Registered In-House Counsel

Additional Information:

The hiring range for this position in California is $205,700 - $266,000 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.
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