Full Job Description
From the beginning, Starbucks set out to be a different kind of company. One that not only celebrates coffee and its rich tradition, but that creates a feeling of connection. We develop and support partners (employees) who share this passion and are guided by their service to others.
As a Starbucks director, corporate counsel – Litigation, you will play an integral role in helping a highly complex, fast paced organization in a rapidly changing environment adhere to its mission and values by ensuring that we properly maintain compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, assess risk balanced with business objectives, offer solutions, hold each other accountable and treat partners with respect and dignity. You will support multiple client groups and use your seasoned judgment and experience to protect the Starbucks brand by directing and managing litigation in the areas of complex commercial, real estate, premises liability, discrimination, intellectual property and accessibility. You will work with and oversee outside counsel and in-house paralegals to defend lawsuits and other claims filed against the company. In addition to retail clients, you will advise functional support groups on issues of compliance, accommodations, public relations and more. Experience in the areas of patent, privacy, cybersecurity, and food litigation is a plus.
Leveraging your previous experience, we will enable you to:
Lead – As a litigation team leader, manage and inspire paralegals and provide guidance on their development.
Guide – Clearly and concisely communicate strategic legal counseling to Starbucks risk management, retail operations, store development and public affairs teams, as well as the adjacent businesses and functions that collaborate with and support the business, including the General Counsel.
Collaborate – Establish highly collaborative relationships with clients and with other legal department partners to provide cross-functional support for the business, including helping paralegals and other support staff to succeed.
Be a Trusted Advisor – Help advance business objectives and mitigate risk by acting as a trusted advisor whose strategic thinking, pragmatic problem-solving and proactive counsel are sought out by clients.
We’d love to hear from people with:
At least twelve years of relevant substantive legal experience in litigation in a law firm or in-house legal department
Experience managing a wide range of litigation, including complex class actions
Experience managing outside counsel to ensure efficiency and fiscal prudence
Experience and proficiency managing e-Discovery
Experience working effectively with cross-functional groups
Demonstrated history of challenging the status quo, identifying improvements to mitigate systemic risks and working with stakeholders to implement solutions
J.D. from accredited law school
Starbucks and its brands are an equal opportunity employer of all qualified individuals.
We are committed to creating a diverse and welcoming workplace that includes partners with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that enables us to better meet our mission and values while serving customers throughout our global communities. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with all federal state and local ordinances. Starbucks Corporation is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at 206-318-0660 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org