Overview

The Role:

Tesla is looking for an experienced litigation attorney to join our employment law team. The Corporate Counsel, Employment (Litigation) will represent and defend Tesla in all aspects of employment-related litigation matters.

Responsibilities:

As a member of Teslas fun and fast-paced Legal Department, this attorney will be responsible for handling primarily single plaintiff employment disputes and related litigation matters, including day-to-day aspects of employment litigation matters with the assistance of a paralegal. Key to this role will be substantial experience with all aspects of single plaintiff employment arbitrations in California, including trial experience. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Represent and defend Tesla in all aspects of employment-related litigation matters, including: Title VII and similar laws; affirmative action; disability access and accommodation; employee benefits; harassment and discrimination; unfair labor practice charges; wage and hour claims; wrongful terminations; and reductions in force.
  • Engage in factual investigation, analyze complex legal and factual issues, conduct extensive, legal research, independently develop, recommend and present defense strategies on a wide range of lawsuits and disputes.
  • Respond to complaints and other pleadings, draft and file motions to compel arbitration in California state and federal courts, propound and respond to discovery requests, prepare and file motions, appear in court, and represent Tesla at hearings, mediations and arbitrations.
  • Prepare witnesses for deposition and trial.
  • Negotiate for the dismissal or resolution of cases at all stages in the litigation process.
  • Respond to attorney demand letters and agency matters, including government-initiated inquiries and audits.
  • Maintain knowledge of current and emerging laws, regulations and trends related to California employment and labor laws.
  • Report out to colleagues on proactive approaches to mitigating legal risk gleaned from litigation matters and facilitate Teslas ongoing compliance with applicable federal, state, and local labor and employment laws (FLSA, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FEHA, OFCCP, etc.).
  • Lead in management of outside counsel handling employment litigation.

Experience

  • Licensed attorney with 5-12 years of experience in California employment litigation.
  • Employment law and litigation experience at a law firm or government agency, including experience defending wage and hour and/or Title VII actions. Experience defending PAGA actions and collective actions a plus.
  • Experience in employment defense litigation, including initial case assessment, strategy development, propounding and responding to discovery, drafting motions, mediation, arbitration, and court trials.
  • Track record of working efficiently with a client-service focus in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Attributes

  • Possess an entrepreneurial mindset and take active ownership of your areas of responsibility. Capable of working both autonomously and collaboratively, effective at juggling and prioritizing multiple competing tasks in a fast-paced, challenging environment.
  • A quick and flexible learner: intellectually curious, open-minded, adaptable, comfortable with ambiguity and risk, and excited by dynamic change.
  • Adept at and comfortable making complex cost/benefit assessments.
  • Inspire trust, forge relationships quickly, and earn the confidence and cooperation of your business partners. High standards, impeccable integrity and ethics, unquestionable good judgment, well-honed analytical skills.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, and a keen sense of humor.

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