Employment Counsel

Covetrus Portland , ME 04101

Posted 3 weeks ago

Employment Counsel

Covetrus is a global animal-health technology and services company dedicated to empowering veterinary practice partners to drive improved health and financial outcomes. We're bringing together products, services, and technology into a single platform that connects our customers to the solutions and insights they need to work best. Our passion for the well-being of animals and those who care for them drives us to advance the world of veterinary medicine. Covetrus is headquartered in Portland, Maine, with more than 5,000 employees, serving over 100,000 customers around the globe.


Covetrus is seeking a talented and highly motivated employment and litigation attorney to join our rapidly growing and fast-paced legal department. Primarily responsible to provide advice and counsel to management and Human Resource professionals on a broad range of employment law counseling and related litigation and transactional matters. We are looking for an attorney with both the flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and organizational needs, as well as the ability to operate independently in a fast-paced, small but growing environment and work proactively with various teams across the organization, including the business, technical, and corporate teams. The right candidate will be someone with a great sense of humor who can roll up his or her sleeves and help us build a top-notch legal department. This is a full-time position based at the Covetrus headquarters in Portland, Maine.

Title, scope of responsibilities, and compensation will be dependent on experience.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Work directly with General Counsel and other attorneys, paralegals, and support staff in providing legal advice and risk mitigation across a broad range of employment legal matters (employee relations, terminations, discipline, wage and hour compliance and disputes, investigations, leaves of absence, employment-related agreements/documents, harassment/discrimination issues, and disability/reasonable accommodations issues).

  • Provide legal advice and service to management and Human Resource professionals on employment practices and compliance-related matters.

  • Utilize knowledge of the law and experience to analyze facts and situations to effectively assess risk and make recommendations that are in the best interest of the Company.

  • Provide employment law support for HR internal investigations, including partnering on strategy and witness interviews.

  • Manage and oversee outside counsel (including global) handling employment litigation matters.

  • Support and hold/preservation processes regarding employment-related legal matters, including drafting of legal hold notices and related communications.

  • Counsel and make recommendations regarding responses to employment-related subpoenas.

  • Represent company in employment matters in front of various federal, state and/or local agencies, as well as in response to attorney demand letters.

  • Make recommendations as to action needed, including recommendations on discipline, in connection with HR investigations.

  • Monitor legislative developments to ensure continued compliance with national, state, and local employment labor laws and regulations.

  • Work with the compliance team to manage the Company's Ethics & Compliance hotline.

  • Continuously develop understanding of legal risks and advise business stakeholders accurately of legal and other risks associated with proposed activities.


  • Dependent on scope of position and experience.



  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and current bar membership in at least one US state is required.

  • Preferred experience: 10+ years combined full-time experience in labor and employment law with a top-tier law firm and in-house environment.

COMPETENCIES (Skills and Abilities)

  • Excellent knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations (including ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, etc.)

  • Prior experience with Employment based litigation and internal investigations

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience in dealing with people at all levels inside and outside of a company or firm and proven relationship building skills.

  • Goal and process oriented, with a demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks; experience and judgment to plan and accomplish objectives in efficient manner.

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

  • Team player with passion, energy and commitment.

  • Strong analytical, negotiation, and drafting skills.

  • Ability to handle ambiguity, prioritize and manage multiple cross-functional projects to completion with little direction, and quickly shift from one situation or task to another.

  • Ability to work under pressure while maintaining a sense of humor.


  • Normal office environment (pet friendly) with extensive computer use and travel up to 25%

Covetrus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability that can be reasonably accommodated with undue hardship, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

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