Director, Sr Legal Counsel Disputes

Benton Harbor, MI
Full Time
Practice Areas: Commercial Litigation Exp.: 10+ Years
An American Multinational Manufacturer and Marketer of Home Appliances Company (NYSE: WHR) is the world’s leading kitchen and laundry appliance company, with approximately $19 billion in annual sales, 78,000 employees and 57 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2020. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world.

An American Multinational Manufacturer and Marketer of Home Appliances Company is consistently recognized by FORTUNE as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Our values are the driving force behind everything we do. Integrity, Respect, Inclusion & Diversity, One Whirlpool, and Spirit of Winning propel our teams to excellence. Get to know us and see what it's like to be part of a company that is in constant pursuit of improving life at home.

Day to Day (what a typical day or week looks like in this role)
This position will maintain broad responsibility for developing and delivering on successful strategies related to all phases of Whirlpool’s highly-visible and complex disputes portfolio, including commercial matters, class actions, intellectual property litigation, privacy and data security related disputes, trade remedies, and governmental investigations. The position will also proactively lead dispute risk mitigation projects and provide strategic counsel on dispute risks globally to help advance Whirlpool’s strategy and protect the company.

What You Will Do
  • Setting Strategy and Delivering Results on Disputes Portfolio
  • Strategic oversight of a portfolio of complex litigation matters, pre-litigation disputes, and government investigations across diverse substantive areas, including commercial matters, class actions, intellectual property litigation, privacy and data security related disputes, trade remedies, and governmental investigations
  • Thought leadership in developing and delivering on successful strategies to achieve best-possible outcomes on individual matters and dispute portfolios
  • Engage in all aspects of the litigation and dispute process, including assessing risk, developing strategy, partnering with outside counsel, reviewing pleadings, preparing for depositions, managing discovery processes, and preparing/executing trial and appellate strategy
  • Manage internal disputes process
  • Cultivate and manage outside relationships to ensure the strongest representation and alignment on Whirlpool’s objectives
  • Efficiently manage and improve processes related to outside legal counsel budget, work, and costs
  • Collaborate with communications and business teams on communications strategies relate to disputes
  • Lead Dispute Risk Mitigation Projects & Strategic Counsel on Dispute Risks
  • Collaborate with law department colleagues on dispute-resolution and litigation-avoidance matters
  • Provide direction, strategy and legal advice to the business on dispute resolution issues impacting Whirlpool’s imperatives and operations
  • Proactively lead dispute risk mitigation projects that help advance Whirlpool’s strategy and protect the company
  • Work Effectively with Business Leaders
  • Work collaboratively with business partners and law department colleagues to ensure goal alignment on major projects, legal and business strategies, resources and communications
  • Communicate with business leaders and internal clients on updates, strategy, and alignment
  • Partner with internal finance and accounting teams on cost management and trends

What You Need to Succeed in this Position:
  • JD from an accredited law school, with strong academic credentials and Bar Admission
  • Approximately 10+ years of legal experience in class actions, commercial litigation, and governmental investigations
  • Experience developing and guiding “parallel” litigation activities including company communications, public relations, and government relations
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results as a leader or member of a cross functional team
  • Ability to provide strong strategic thought on major projects and disputes
  • Superior intellect, with the ability to think critically and make clear and well-reasoned decisions, and see and handle more than the legal issues of a project
  • Pragmatic business acumen with the ability to recognize the business consequences of legal advice
  • Capable of prioritizing and managing a large volume of concurrent projects
  • Strong analytical, research, organization and management skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication (both written and oral) skills.
  • Prior top tier law firm experience a plus
  • In-house experience a plus
  • International experience a plus

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