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Assistant General Counsel - Labor & Employment and Litigation

Posted Apr 27
Full Time
HybridGreenfield, Indiana

At Elanco (NYSE: ELAN) – it all starts with animals!

As a global leader in animal health, we are dedicated to innovation and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets. We’re driven by our vision of ‘Food and Companionship Enriching Life’ and our approach to sustainability – the Elanco Healthy Purpose™ – to advance the health of animals, people, the planet and our enterprise.

At Elanco, we pride ourselves on fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. We believe that diversity is the driving force behind innovation, creativity, and overall business success. Here, you’ll be part of a company that values and champions new ways of thinking, work with dynamic individuals, and acquire new skills and experiences that will propel your career to new heights.

Making animals’ lives better makes life better – join our team today!

Assistant General Counsel - Labor & Employment and Litigation


The Assistant General Counsel - Labor & Employment and Litigation supports Human Resources by providing proactive and strategic oversight and counseling on labor and employment matters, and by maintaining and developing US employment policies and training that are compliant with federal, state, and local laws. This role is also responsible for litigation support including selecting and managing outside counsel, supporting the discovery process, and directly handling routine litigation matters.


_The Assistant General Counsel - Labor & Employment and Litigation:


  • Assists with federal, state, and local law compliance, generally in the US, as it relates to employment practices and policies; formulates, drafts and maintains policies that are not only compliant but also represent best practices for employers.
  • Takes a strategic view regarding employment policies and practices and provides advice and counsel to the Human Resources organization to minimize risk and anticipate future developments.
  • Provides legal advice and consultation regarding workplace accommodations, background checks, leaves of absence, performance improvement plans, discipline, termination, and other issues.
  • Supports the management, negotiation and resolution of disputes within the role scope, including but not limited to: demand letters; settlement and separation agreements; mediation briefs, and position statements and responses.
  • Provides support for litigation matters including by selecting and managing outside counsel, overseeing budgeting, supervising fact investigations, coordinating with company witnesses and supporting the discovery process.
  • Develops and delivers effective training programs and training tools with consistency for all levels of the organization, and customized or micro-trainings for situations of particular risk that may arise.
  • Develops strong relationships and acts as a business partner with the company’s business units and affiliates.



  • Juris Doctor degree from a US accredited law school and ability to obtain in-house IN license.
  • At least three (3) years’ experience in providing HR or legal counsel specifically on labor and employment matters, including experience working for a major corporation and/or major law firm.
  • Ability to deliver work product within business constraints in a high-volume, fast-paced and demanding environment while balancing competing client requests.
  • Strong learning agility and practical judgment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, strategic thinking, communication and organizational skills.



  • Experience supporting litigation matters.
  • Experience leading, managing, and conducting employee investigations.
  • Knowledge of labor law and union contract obligations.

Additional Information


  • Location: Global Elanco Headquarters - Greenfield, IN - Hybrid Work Environment

Elanco Benefits and Perks:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package focusing on financial, physical, and mental well-being while encouraging our employees to pursue our purpose! Some highlights include:

  • Multiple relocation packages
  • Two weeklong shutdowns (mid-summer and year-end) in the US (in addition to PTO)
  • 8-week parental leave
  • 9 Employee Resource Groups
  • Annual bonus offering
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Up to 6% 401K matching

Elanco is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status

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