Sodexo is seeking a self-starting, mid- to senior-level Attorney to join our North American Corporate Legal Department’s Commercia l Litigation Team . This role will be responsible for managing cases that are part of the Company's nationwide litigation docket and advising internal clients on business-related disputes that are currently in or have the potential for litigation. This role will also manage bankruptcy (mostly Chapter 11/creditors’ rights) matters.
We offer a Hybrid Work Arrangement (combination of office/remote) based out of
our Gaithersburg, MD NorAm Headquarters.
This role will work closely with other members of the Legal Department (including attorneys from different practice groups. contract specialists, and paralegals) and other Transversal teams within the Company, including Finance and Risk Management.
We are looking for a business-minded attorney who can hit the ground running as a member of a high-performing legal team. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 4 years of substantive experience handling a broad range of business-related litigation. While bankruptcy experience would be a plus, it is not a prerequisite. We are willing to train the right candidate.
Thanks to our 412,000 employees, Sodexo provides catering, facilities management, employee benefits and personal home services to 100 million consumers daily in 56 countries. At Sodexo we believe in the difference a day makes. That’s why we are proud to focus on people’s essential needs: we see them as key to improve the quality of life. We know that by focusing on the tangible, the real, the concrete improvements, day after day, for millions of people, we have a big impact not only on individuals but also on society and the planet. We believe it all starts with the everyday.
Technical Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide advice and counseling to internal clients on a broad range of business-related litigation matters and issues to meet business needs while containing risk.
Manage independent caseload of litigation and bankruptcy matters.
Manage outside counsel in the prosecution and defense of larger, more complex commercial litigation claims.
Coordinate with key stakeholders on the handling of litigation and bankruptcy matters to achieve business objectives.
Conduct case investigations including witness interviews, document review, etc.
Oversee work performed by legal paraprofessionals who assist with varied types of litigation responsibilities and projects.
Prepare quarterly reports on all formal commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters.
Advise business segments and internal/external auditors on potentially high exposure liability claims.
Coordinate and work in conjunction with other attorneys in the Legal Department as needed to address issues.
Respond to attorney-demand letters and, where appropriate, negotiate settlements of claims.
Draft routine pleadings, settlement agreements, and ad hoc reports.
Assist in development of internal policies and procedures.
Advise on ways to adjust to and manage exposure to new or increased legal risks.
Conduct internal training.
Provide periodic updates to clients on significant developments in the law.
JD degree and active membership in at least one state bar
4-10 years of relevant experience handling business-related litigation
Experience with e-discovery and document review technology platforms
Strong desire to learn the business and to function integrally as part of an interdisciplinary team.
Ability to deal effectively with individuals at all organizational levels.
Ability to translate complex legal issues to business partners
A can-do, no job is too small, team player attitude.
Experience with use of matter management systems
Strong research skills
Excellent analytical and organizational skills
High degree of independent judgment and responsibility
Clear and effective written and verbal communication skills.
Strong negotiating and legal drafting capabilities.
Sound and practical legal judgment, intellectual creativity, and problem-solving skills
Proven ability to handle multiple projects and prioritize and meet deadlines within a fast-paced environment.
Professional, personable, approachable, and courteous demeanor.
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Responsible for handling a variety of moderately complex assigned legal projects and cases. Provides in-house legal advice and counsel to managers. Evaluates case liability and financial exposure for appropriate compliance. May supervise outside legal counsel.
Qualifications & Requirements
Basic Education Requirement -Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LL.M. (Master of Laws)
Basic Functional Experience - 3 years of experience as a practicing attorney
Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer.
Location US-MD-GAITHERSBURG | US-DC-Washington, D.C.
System ID 822296
Relocation Type No
Employment Status Full-Time