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Senior Counsel - Franchise

Posted May 08
Full Time
On Site
Chicago, Illinois


The Opportunity

Hyatt seeks an enthusiastic and charismatic franchise attorney to join our legal department.  In this role, you will be a trusted advisor collaborating closely with Hyatt’s growing franchise operations and franchise development teams, where you’ll be instrumental in continuing to make Hyatt a leading hospitality franchising company. You will be part of a team passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion, committed to nurturing curiosity and new skills and building connections across the organization with stakeholders, colleagues, and guests.

Who We Are

At Hyatt, we believe in the power of belonging and creating a culture of care, where our colleagues become family. Since 1957, our colleagues and guests have been at the heart of our business and helped Hyatt become one of the world's best and fastest-growing hospitality brands. Our transformative growth and the addition of new hotels, brands, and business lines can open the door for exciting career and growth opportunities for our colleagues.

As we continue to grow, we never lose sight of what’s most important: People. We turn trips into journeys, encounters into experiences, and jobs into careers.

Why Now?

This is an exciting time to be at Hyatt. We are growing rapidly and are looking for passionate changemakers to be a part of our journey. The hospitality industry is resilient and continues to offer dynamic opportunities for upward mobility, and Hyatt is no exception.

How We Care for Our People

Our purpose sets us apart—to care for people so they can be their best. Every business decision is made through the lens of our purpose, and it informs how we have and will continue to support each other as members of the Hyatt family. Our care for our colleagues is the key to our success. We’re proud to have earned a place on Fortune’s prestigious 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the last ten years. This recognition is a testament to the tremendous way our Hyatt family continues to come together to care for one another, our commitment to a culture of inclusivity, empathy, and respect, and making sure everyone feels like they belong.

We’re proud to offer exceptional corporate benefits which include:

•Annual allotment of free hotel stays at Hyatt hotels globally

•Flexible work schedules

•Work-life benefits including well-being initiatives such as a complimentary Headspace subscription, and a discount at the on-site fitness center

•A global family assistance policy with paid time off following the birth or adoption of a child as well as financial assistance for adoption

•Paid Time Off, Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K with company match

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our success is underpinned by our diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture and we are committed to diversity across the board—from whom we hire and develop, the organizations we support, and whom we buy from and work with.

Being part of Hyatt means always having space to be you. Our global teams are a mosaic of cultures, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, and identities. We constantly strive to reflect the world we care for with teams that achieve and grow together. To learn more about our commitments to DE&I, please visit the Why Hyatt section of the Hyatt career page.

Who You Are

As our ideal candidate, you understand the power and purpose of our Culture of Care and embody our core values of Empathy, Inclusion, Integrity, Experimentation, Respect, and Well-being. You enjoy working with others, are results-driven, and seek various opportunities to develop personally and professionally.

The Role

The Senior Counsel– Franchising works directly with the VP & Assistant General Counsel – Franchising in providing legal support to all aspects of Hyatt’s franchise functions.  Matters include new hotel development franchise deal work, owner transition franchise deal work, advising and counsel support to the franchise operations and other business team, support of FDD disclosure and exemption functions, and other matters.  The Senior Counsel – Franchising duties will include:

•Draft and help negotiate franchise agreements, amendments, and related legal documents ranging from the simple to the highly complex, working directly with internal client teams to achieve the company’s business objectives

•Advise franchise operational support teams and development teams on franchise development and ongoing relationship matters

•Provide franchise legal support for hotel purchases, sales, and corporate M&A

•Draft and update Franchise Disclosure Documents and support deal-related disclosure/exemption needs

The ideal candidate is a highly skilled franchise attorney with significant law firm experience in franchise disclosure, franchise transactions, and franchisor counseling advising, with a practical approach to client representation and problem-solving, comfort exercising independent judgment, client-service orientation, and effective communicator, and the ability to handle a high volume of matters efficiently and competently.  In-house experience and hotel-specific experience are both assets but not prerequisites.


Experience Required: 

•8+ years of combined (law firm and in-house) attorney experience

•5+ years practicing primarily in franchise transactions and regulatory compliance

•Law degree and high level of academic accomplishment from accredited law school

•Bar admission and good standing in one or more U.S. states

Experience Preferred: 

•Combination of law firm and in-house experience practicing franchise transactions

•Hotel industry and/or hotel franchising experience

•Business or accounting degree / MBA

•Experience in international franchise matters

The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all-encompassing. Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.

We welcome you:

Research shows that women, people of color, and other historically excluded groups, tend to apply to jobs, only if they meet all the listed job qualifications. Unsure if you check every box, but feeling inspired to enhance your career? Apply. We’d love to consider your unique experiences and how you could make Hyatt even better.