The Employment Law Associate Counsel will manage employment litigation across the Company, including employment mediations and arbitrations, and management of outside counsel. The Associate Counsel will also provide strategic, proactive legal advice and counsel through interactions with operations management and human resources teams.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
-Advise restaurant managers and enterprise professionals in all areas of employment law, including recruiting, hiring, discipline, terminations, wage and hour, and discrimination/harassment in order to reduce legal risks from employment practices.
-Conduct internal investigations in response to employee or guest complaints.
-Prepare responses to government claims and charges.
-Represent the Company at mediations, agency hearings, arbitrations, and trials.
-Act as a liaison between outside counsel and all Company representatives and witnesses, including overseeing litigation discovery protocols.
-Manage and resolve cases within set budgets and parameters.
-Support the development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures, keeping abreast of all pertinent federal, state, and local laws and communicating changes and trends in those laws to Company personnel.
-Interact with Company senior leaders and outside counsel on complex issues having impact or potential impact across the organization.
-Develop team members by providing training, development, and other professional growth opportunities; and
-Manage individual and team performance through coaching, feedback, and performance management discussions.
REQUIRED TECHNICAL SKILLS:
3+ years of experience in litigation and employment law at a company, consulting firm, or law firm required - in-house experience is a plus.
Excellent project management, writing, research, communication, and problem-solving skills is required.
A Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school is required.
Must be licensed to practice law and in good standing under the Bar of any state that enables admission to practice as in-house counsel in Florida.
OTHER KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
Must have proven team orientation skills working on a multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
Must have strong initiative and ability to handle multiple large-scale projects/roles requiring the collaboration of multiple functional groups.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus.
Must have the ability to adapt to changing priorities, work in a matrix environment, and influence cross-functional teams.
PREFERRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:
Trial experience in a leading or supporting role is preferred.
Experience in negotiating settlements and serving as a representative in mediations/arbitrations is preferred.
This summary is representative of the roles and responsibilities for this position, all of which are subject to change from time to time. It is not designed to cover a comprehensive list of activities, roles, or responsibilities required of the employee. The active focus of this position will ultimately depend on the assigned areas of responsibility. The Company will provide reasonable accommodation to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the then-current essential functions of the job and invites current and prospective employees to engage in a dialogue regarding any need for accommodation.