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Lead Counsel - Employment & Benefits Law

$155,900- $259,900/ year
Posted Apr 18
Full Time
HybridIrving, Texas

McKesson is an impact-driven, Fortune 10 company that touches virtually every aspect of healthcare. We are known for delivering insights, products, and services that make quality care more accessible and affordable. Here, we focus on the health, happiness, and well-being of you and those we serve – we care. What you do at McKesson matters. We foster a culture where you can grow, make an impact, and are empowered to bring new ideas. Together, we thrive as we shape the future of health for patients, our communities, and our people. If you want to be part of tomorrow’s health today, we want to hear from you.

McKesson Corporation has an opening for Lead Counsel - Employment and Benefits Law. This role will be based in Las Colinas, Texas (preferred), and report to the Managing Chief Counsel, Employment and Benefits Law. 

The position is primarily responsible for providing and managing legal services to the company on labor, employment and benefits law matters. In that role, he/she will be a key player in facilitating proactive compliance with state and federal workplace laws, including: EEO, Wage/Hour, Equal Pay, Leave, Labor Relations, Restrictive Covenants, Immigration, OSHA, and Government/OFCCP Audits.

In the pursuit of this mission, the Lead Counsel - Employment and Benefits Law will have regular and significant interaction with other key functional areas, including human resources, security, finance, IT, as well as with business units.



  • Provide advice and guidance to the company on employment, labor and benefits law issues, while ensuring consistency with McKesson's strategic and business objectives. Work closely with human resources to align and support HR’s efforts to create and maintain an engaged workforce
  • Collaborate with business unit leaders and business unit human resource professionals to ensure appreciation of employment law risks arising in their work groups and take preventative action to head off potential problems
  • Responsible for the management and oversight of outside counsel in the defense of employment litigation, in partnership with the litigation attorneys
  • From time to time represent the company as advocate in administrative agency proceedings
  • Carry out other duties as may be requested by the Managing Chief Counsel, Employment and Benefits Law
  • Assist with enterprise-wide projects that reduce employment law risk for the organization



Minimum Requirements

  • 10+ years of progressively more responsible experience in U.S. employment and labor law. Prior in house counsel experience preferred
  • Deep and broad knowledge of U.S. employment and labor laws 
  • Effective manager of outside counsel in litigation and advice work
  • A proven track record of successfully building and maintaining strong working relationships with human resources professionals.  The individual's style must be highly collaborative and team oriented, while still being able to achieve desired objectives and effect change
  • Ability to weigh and balance legal risk with business needs and goals
  • Respected as a professional who drives near-term results but maintains a clear view of the long-term and the need for productive ongoing relationships with the workforce
  • Excellent communication skills – both oral and written


Critical Skills

  • Legal Experience: A subject matter expert who has demonstrated outstanding legal ability in the practice of employment law in-house at a large public or private company. Law firm experience would be a plus. The successful candidate must have a proven track record of accomplishment as a lawyer with strong technical legal expertise and who, when required, can also roll up his or her sleeves and focus on the details of a matter as an individual contributor.  Ability to think analytically and creatively and to problem solve, with a focus on current, innovative, and proactive approaches to employment law.  Anticipates future trends and consequences; has broad and deep legal knowledge and perspective.


The person in this role must have a deep commitment to, and demonstration of, McKesson’s ICARE values of Integrity, Customer First, Accountability, Respect and Excellence in day-to-day workplace interactions.


Ideal Personal Profile

  • Creative and thoughtful in his/her legal analysis and practices. 
  • Values diversity of thought, approach and experience
  • Has a strong business orientation and acumen.  Blends functional knowledge in employment law with an ability to focus on what is "right for the business and shareholders."
  • Takes a proactive approach to implementing change
  • Models high integrity with impeccable ethics
  • Possesses strong written and verbal communications skills coupled with a belief in the importance of face-to-face discussions with employees and peers.  Excellent listener
  • Able to identify key considerations of an issue without overcomplicating matters
  • Strong work ethic and able to work well under pressure


Education & Experience

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school
  • Minimum of 10 years as a Licensed and Practicing Attorney


Must be authorized to work in the US.  Sponsorship is not available for this position.

At McKesson, we care about the well-being of the patients and communities we serve, and that starts with caring for our people. That’s why we have a Total Rewards package that includes comprehensive benefits to support physical, mental, and financial well-being. Our Total Rewards offerings serve the different needs of our diverse employee population and ensure they are the healthiest versions of themselves. For more information regarding benefits at McKesson, please click here.

As part of Total Rewards, we are proud to offer a competitive compensation package at McKesson. This is determined by several factors, including performance, experience and skills, equity, regular job market evaluations, and geographical markets. In addition to base pay, other compensation, such as an annual bonus or long-term incentive opportunities may be offered. 


Our Base Pay Range for this position

$155,900 - $259,900


McKesson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.Qualified applicants will not be disqualified from consideration for employment based upon criminal history.

McKesson is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including job seekers with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to Resumes or CVs submitted to this email box will not be accepted.

Current employees must apply through the internal career site.

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