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Senior Counsel - Litigation

Company: Smith & Nephew
Location: Fort Worth
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Role Overview

This role is part of an in-house legal and compliance team that provides support to all of S+N's divisions and functions globally and reports to Counsel VP - Litigation & Investigations. The Senior Counsel - Litigation role will focus on determining strategy and managing defense of product liability, commercial/business, insurance, false advertising, and other types of claims and lawsuits as they may arise involving the S+N group of companies, primarily in the United States.

Responsibilities

  • Proactively manage all aspects of complex litigation, claims and third-party requests as assigned. This will require the provision of quality advice and legal services in a cost-effective manner, while supporting the objectives of the business, setting and regularly reviewing litigation strategy with Counsel VP - Litigation & Investigations and outside counsel, ensuring excellent representation and managing matters to budget, as well as advising senior leaders on litigation strategy and risk management (75 %)

  • Assist in the management of internal and governmental investigations and promote compliance with the law, industry standards, and company policies (10%)

  • Support other projects/work as identified by the Chief Legal & Compliance Officer (15%)

Location

Andover, Ma, Memphis, TN, Fort Worth, TX, Austin, TX, Columbia, MD, or Pittsburgh, PA

Education

J.D. degree from an accredited U.S. law school

Licenses/ Certifications

Licensed to practice law and in good standing with the bar of at least one U.S. State or the District of Columbia

Experience

8+ years of relevant experience in-house and/or in a law firm

Competences

  • Litigation experience relating to product liability defense, medical device, pharmaceutical, and life sciences strongly preferred

  • Strong communication skills and ability to convey complex legal principles clearly and concisely

  • Strong organizational skills with ability to manage numerous projects and conflicting demands in a fast-paced environment

  • Strong judgment, professional demeanor and business acumen

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate at all levels of corporate organization

  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues in a global organization

  • Ability to quickly gain trust and confidence of colleagues, internal and external stakeholders and management

  • Ability to work well independently and in a team

  • Experience advising senior management on litigation strategy and risk

  • Commitment to integrity and accountability

  • Ability to efficiently and effectively work with outside counsel

  • Embraces and supports change in a dynamic environment

  • Maintains confidential and other sensitive proprietary information

  • Experience/familiarity with all aspects of e-Discovery

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite and ability to learn S+N specific systems

Travel Requirements

<25%

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Smith+Nephew provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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