Senior Counsel

Sodexo USA Los Angeles , CA 90009

Posted 2 months ago

Unit Description

Sodexo is currently searching for a Senior Counsel to to focus on Labor and Employment law.

There is a strong preference for the Senior Counsel to be located in Southern California. Lawyer located elsewhere in California can expect significant travel to Southern California.

Act as labor and employment counsel to national corporation handling wide variety of matters affecting over 100,000 employees, focusing on California (and other West Coast) employment law matters.


Provide Labor and Employment Law Counseling

  • Advise clients on the legal risks of potential personnel actions, including disciplinary actions and terminations;

  • Advise clients on legal compliance with federal and state employment statutes, and serve as a subject matter expert on California employment laws;

  • Advise clients on achieving desired employment actions while minimizing legal risk; and

  • Advise clients on dealing with difficult or poorly performing employees.

Manage Outside Counsel to Defend Employment Litigation

  • Assign litigation to appropriate outside counsel;

  • Coordinate defense with outside counsel, ensuring compliance with Employment Law Group defense practices;

  • Provide information and documents as requested and/or which facilitate defense;

  • Oversee litigation and provide guidance on conduct of litigation;

  • Monitor and approve legal fees;

  • Assist in negotiation of settlements; and

  • Assist in trial of litigation, if necessary.

Supervise One or More Wage and Hour Compliance Specialist(s)

  • Oversee Specialist who analyzes rates of wage and hour compliance and will take corresponding measures to enhance compliance rates.

Respond to Attorney Demand Letters

  • Review and investigate allegations contained in letters from attorneys demanding compensation for former or current employees;

  • Respond appropriately (in writing, orally) to all demand letters; and

  • Where appropriate, negotiate settlements of claims in demand letters.

Represent Company Before Federal and State Agencies Such as the Department of Labor and California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement on Matters Such as Wage and Hour Issues, Claims of FMLA or OSHA Retaliation)

  • Investigate and defend charges of unlawful conduct filed with various federal and state agencies;

  • Provide written response, where necessary, to claims of unlawful conduct; and

  • Represent Sodexo in hearings, as necessary, on claims of unlawful conduct.

Report to Executives on Formal Labor and Employment Matters

  • Prepare quarterly reports on all formal labor and employment matters (e.g., litigation, demand letters); and

  • Evaluate claims and provide risk analysis and liability assessment on matters.

Develop Personnel Policies and Key Employment-Related Personnel Documents

  • Assist in development of written employment policies and practices;

  • Advise on ways to adjust to and manage exposure to new or increased legal risks, e.g., wage and hour compliance; and

  • Assist in development of separation packages and settlement agreements, as necessary.

Train and Educate Human Resources and Operations

  • Conduct training seminars on legal issues, including sexual harassment, equal employment opportunity, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, litigation and charge avoidance; and

  • Provide periodic updates to clients on significant developments in the law.


Assist in Investigations

  • When requested, assist Human Resources, Operations, Security or EEO Representatives in conducting investigations, typically of discrimination or harassment claims

Assist in Defense of Administrative Discrimination Charges

  • Assist in strategy for defense of EEO discrimination charges, as needed;

  • Assist in conciliation of administrative discrimination charges and assist in settlement discussion of same; and

  • As necessary, represent Sodexo before the state anti-discrimination agency regarding administrative discrimination charges.

Advise on Interpretation of Collective Bargaining Agreements

  • Where requested, assist Labor Relations Department in interpreting collective bargaining contracts.

Participate in National Labor Relations Board Matters

  • As may be requested by the Sodexo labor lawyer, assist in defense to unfair labor practice charges, including investigation, research and argument.


  • Juris Doctor degree

  • High degree of independent judgment and responsibility

  • High level of expertise in labor and employment law; with subject matter expertise relating to California laws

  • Proven ability to recommend creative solutions to complex business problems with employment law implications

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Capability to analyze complex written and verbal information

  • Ability to travel as needed

  • Substantial knowledge of California wage and hour laws, and significant experience with wage and hour laws generally

Position Summary

Senior level attorney providing ongoing in-house counsel and legal advice to managers. Responsible for handling a variety of highly complex assigned legal projects and cases. 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

  • 7 years of experience as a practicing attorney

Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer.

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