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Sr. Corporate Counsel, Labor and Employment

Posted Mar 08
Full Time
HybridIrvine, California

Our new global headquarters is conveniently located in Irvine, CA near John Wayne Airport in the Park Place development. For our onsite and hybrid employees you will be able to enjoy amenities such as access to many restaurants and shops, running trails, a fitness deck, outdoor seating, dry cleaning, car wash, free garage parking, car charging stations, shuttle service for train commuters, outdoor games like bocce, horseshoes, gaming tables, pickle ball, and basketball. For more information on Park Place visit     

Who We Are:        

Ever wonder who brings the entertainment to your flights? Panasonic Avionics Corporation is #1 in the industry for delivering inflight products such as movies, games, WiFi, and now Bluetooth headphone connectivity!         How exciting would it be to be a part of the innovation that goes into creating technology that delights millions of people in an industry that’s here to stay! With our company’s history spanning over 40 years, you will have stability, career growth opportunities, and will work with the brightest minds in the industry. And we are committed to a diverse and inclusive culture that will help our organization thrive! We seek diversity in many areas such as background, culture, gender, ways of thinking, skills and more.  If you want to learn more about us visit us at and for a full listing of open job opportunities go to        

The Position:    

Key legal advisor for various business transactions and corporate projects, particularly in the areas of labor and employment, with a focus on the Americas Region.  Work with the General Counsel and the broader legal team to provide general labor and employment legal advice to the company, at an expert level on a regional or global basis, while ensuring company policy and various departmental procedures are followed. The guidance will support various aspects of the company’s operations and functional departments with a general focus on aviation equipment manufacturing and sale, telecommunications (including satellite and internet service provider related issues) and digital services and technology.  Represent the Legal department on areas of expertise and interface with all levels of Panasonic personnel and external contacts to coordinate departmental efforts.  May directly manage or mentor/develop one or two legal department members.   

Apply advanced level of skill and expertise in providing day-to-day legal advice, consultation and support to business units and operational/functional teams (particularly the Human Resources Department) on labor and employment issues:   

  • Determine legal strategies and propose innovative business solutions that appropriately balance corporate objectives, risks and benefits
  • Provide legal support to various departments on complex business transactions
  • Manage critical cross-functional projects related to implementation of advice
  • Draft, review, and negotiate agreements to safeguard the company’s interests
  • Keep informed of significant legal trends and decisions, legislation and rulings, and make proactive recommendations on related actions
  • Research and draft memoranda and executive summaries on legal topics
  • Design and edit legal templates, playbooks, forms, and documents
  • Develop, revise and recommend changes to corporate policies and practices
  • Create guides and provide training to the legal team and other internal departments and stakeholders

Drive resolution of informal and formal legal disputes related to labor and employment issues:    

  • Develop matter/case strategies
  • Provide updates and recommendations to General Counsel and Executive Leadership or other stakeholders
  • Identify, engage, and manage outside counsel, consultants, and experts, and develop and manage related budgets
  • Draft or review pleadings and discovery responses, prepare witnesses, negotiate settlements
  • Draft and coordinate responses to requests for records or information, demand letters, and audits and investigations

Mentor, direct and develop 1-2 Legal Department personnel, including mentoring and/or overseeing their work, conducting performance appraisals, and planning their training and development.   

Additional duties and responsibilities, as assigned, in support of the corporate and legal functions of the organization.   

The salary range of $151,000 – $253,000 is just one component of Panasonic’s total package. The final offer amount may vary based on factors including but not limited to individual’s knowledge, skills, experience, and location. In addition, this role may be eligible for discretionary bonuses and incentives.     

What We’re Looking For:    

  • Excellent labor and employment background and litigation management experience in multiple U.S. jurisdictions, including California.
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities, work within budget, meet deadlines and resolve complex problems, with a thorough understanding of the business and legal environments
  • Accountable, well organized and detail-oriented
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, highly presentable and articulate
  • Excellent collaboration skills, with the ability to: 
    • constructively manage change
    • drive cross-functional collaboration across legal and business units to meet goals
    • interface successfully with executives and all levels of internal and external clients to develop and maintain good working relationships
    • identify workflow process and other challenges and drive change and improvement
    • communicate and interact effectively with multiple levels within the organization
    • make complex topics understandable for various audiences
  • Exceptional business acumen and internal/external customer focus, with the ability to:
    • proactively engage with the business units and develop a deep understanding of the company’s products and services
    • develop, drive and implement legal strategies to meet business goals
    • creatively solve problems with sound business judgment and common sense
  • Emotionally intelligent, innovative, and adaptable, who demonstrates:
    • flexibility and a positive attitude
    • a desire to operate in a dynamic and high-growth environment
    • the ability to diffuse high pressure situations and resolve difficult problems
    • the ability to work well under pressure with people from diverse cultural backgrounds
    • impeccable ethics and a high level of integrity
  • Proficient in MS Office software including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • A strong interest in aviation desirable
  • Law degree from accredited law school
  • Admission to the California State Bar or eligibility for Registered In-House Counsel status in California (including active/good standing status with another state bar).
  • 12+ years’ experience practicing law with a focus on labor and employment issues, including in dispute resolution and litigation management
  • Combination of law firm and in-house experience preferred
  • Experience in a U.S.- or Japanese-based multinational company preferred
  • Avionics, electronics, software, satellite communications, and/or services provider experience preferred
  • Ability to travel, up to 10% domestic, 5% international.

Our Principles:      Contribution to Society | Fairness & Honesty | Cooperation & Team Spirit | Untiring Effort for Improvement | Courtesy & Humility | Adaptability | Gratitude        

What We Offer:    

  • At Panasonic Avionics Corporation we realize the most important aspects in leading our industry are the bright minds behind everything we do. We are proud to offer our employees a highly competitive, comprehensive and flexible benefits program.  
  • Paid time off: Exempt Salaried employees receive flexible paid time off. This means that there is no fixed number, range, or limit to the amount of Personal and Vacation Days that may be taken for exempt employees. Non-exempt hourly employees accrue 14 vacation days per year + 7 sick days + 3 personal days. Accrual rate increases with tenure. All employees receive 11 company paid holidays per year. We also close our offices at the corporate level in the U.S. between Christmas and New Year. For operational positions that are expected to work on holidays, we provide additional compensation for hours worked.  
  • Health Insurance: Medical insurance offerings from Aetna and Kaiser (CA &HI). Options for Employee Only, Employee + Spouse/Domestic Partner, Employee + Children, or Family. Dental PPO and DMO options & Vision insurance through EyeMed or VSP.   
  • 401K with 50% match on up to 8% contribution, full vested from day 1. 
  • Washington residents only are eligible for: Washington’s Family and Medical Leave program and Washington’s Paid Sick Leave program. 
  • Other offerings include: Wellness Program, Counseling services, FSA & HSA, Life Insurance for employee, spouse and child, AD&D Insurance, Long-term and Short-term disability, Critical Illness Insurance, Accident Insurance, Legal Assistance, Pet Insurance, Identity Theft Protection, Dependent Care FLSA, Education Assistance, Commuter Program, Employee Purchase Program, Service Award Program.   

All applicants are subject to Company policies, third party customer and worksite requirements, and government requirements, regarding vaccination and/or testing for COVID-19.  Where permitted by applicable law, applicants may be required to be fully vaccinated with an authorized COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, unless they are eligible for and obtain an exemption based on a reasonable accommodation because of a disability or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. While the Company strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccinations, it may require vaccination and/or testing for positions in which third party customer, worksite, or government requirements apply, in accordance with applicable law. At those locations where requirements apply, exemptions will be considered based on applicable law.       Panasonic is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law or company policy. All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. Pre-employment drug testing is required for safety sensitive positions or as may otherwise be required by contract or law. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Avionics Corporate. 

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