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Counsel

Based in Los Angeles, CA


The Legal Services Department of the Writers Guild of America West, is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Counsel. This position is a full-time, exempt (salaried) position with full benefits.

Under the direction and supervision of the Senior Director of Legal Services, Counsel is responsible for enforcement of the Guild’s collective bargaining agreements and writers’ contracts (including employment, purchase and/or option contracts) through arbitration, litigation, and proceedings before the NLRB or state administrative agencies.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Handle a large caseload including many cases of substantial complexity
  • Investigate each case and prepare the case for hearing/trial by interviewing potential witnesses, preparing subpoenas, compiling and analyzing contracts, financial records, statistical information, bargaining history and other documentary evidence
  • Conduct arbitration hearings, trials and other hearings on behalf of the Guild and writers
  • Conduct bargaining history and legal research related to cases and potential cases
  • Write briefs and other legal documents containing analysis of facts, legal and arbitral precedent, legal principles and argument
  • Negotiate settlement of disputes when possible
  • Prepare legal documents for court and other tribunals
  • Perform other duties as required

ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS OR DUTIES
Advise and assist other Guild departments regarding legal issues and assist executive staff as required by the Senior Director of Legal Services
Prepare reports for appropriate persons and entities, such as Executive Director, Assistant Executive Directors, Enforcement Task Force and Board of Directors as required by the Senior Director of Legal Services

OCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduation from law school with a J.D. degree and admission to California State Bar required
  • Three – ten years of experience required
  • Must have 1st chair trial and/or binding arbitration experience
  • NLRB and wage & hour law experience strongly preferred
  • Excellent analytical, advocacy and writing skills required
  • Must be computer literate
  • Good math skills also helpful

To Apply
Interested applicants should email resume with writing sample and salary requirements to the Human Resources Department of the Writers Guild at recruitment[at]wga.org.

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