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Senior Litigation Counsel The candidate partnering with other Patterson lawyers and its business leaders, will responsible for leading the Companyâ€™s efforts to manage a wide variety of litigation matters related to the companyâ€™s dental, animal health, and corporate business units. The objective of the role is to advance and protect the Companyâ€™s business priorities while minimizing legal, financial and other (e.g. operational or reputation-based) exposure through formal and informal dispute resolution processes.The position requires the highest levels performance and integrity combined with an ability to lead this work while participating in a highly collaborative Legal and Regulatory Affairs team. This position will manage litigation and other dispute resolution across the enterprise (with the exception of employment disputes and litigation).This position will align external resources to represent the Company's interests in disputes venued in trial courts and administrative agencies. Will (a)advise and counsel on pre-litigation matters; (b) actively manage outside counsel for strategic and economic resolution of litigation matters; and (c) provide legal advice as related to these matters. Analyze issues, costs, and proposed resolutions; and will prepare reports, summaries, and litigation management guidance for the General Counsel, the Legal team, the Regulatory Affairs team (as appropriate) and other Company leaders and managers. This position will focus on US work but will support formal and informal dispute resolution in Canada, and potentially other countries, as needs arise. Handle a broad portfolio of litigation matters across a broad spectrum of complexity and organizational risk as publicly traded companies in this industry experience and publicly report. Participate as a litigation leader and strong team player in a collaborative, growing legal and regulatory team. Advise executive management and Company leaders on the Companyâ€™s litigation and risk profile. Investigate and evaluate factual circumstances at issue in disputes prior to formal litigation, engage in early matter assessment, and recommend resolution of disputes prior to litigation when appropriate. Continue to develop and enhance the Companyâ€™s litigation strategy and processes (e.g. discovery and matter management) across the enterprise. Collaborate with employment counsel and their handling of employment litigation matters, reporting and processes. Work with business leaders across the enterprise to identify and manage potential litigation risks, and mitigate and resolve disputes and related risks while developingconsensus (even for difficult or unpopular courses of action). Develop and provide litigation risk assessments, including definition of the scope and nature of risks, estimated costs, likelihood of successful resolution and valuation of various outcomes. Manage and conduct all phases of internal discovery support, including: litigation hold processes, e-discovery, witness preparation, etc. Influence and direct cross-functional teams as needed to support litigation or other dispute resolution. Manage outside counsel relationships, including: matter budgeting, law firm staffing, case management, and conflict waiver requests. Represent the Company in various state and federal courts or agencies in administrative proceedings. Work with outside counsel (as needed) to: draft and edit pleadings, briefs, memos, and depositions; negotiate settlement agreements; attend hearings and trials. Attend depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, and settlement conferences, as needed when appropriate to advance the Companyâ€™s interests. Review contracts and agreements for key issues relevant to litigation; draft and edit responses as needed. Provide focused leadership to enhance the Companyâ€™s debt collection, and resolve related disputes and litigation across the enterprise. Identify recurring issues and patterns associated with litigation and other dispute matters and collaboratively create strategies to limit the Companyâ€™s exposure. Other duties, potentially including management of staff, as assigned by the Companyâ€™s General Counsel.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must be Licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Minnesota. Should have demonstrated track record (at least 5 years) of litigation management from inside a company including development of a strategic viewpoint on litigation. Must have 10+ yearsâ€™ experience as a litigator, including writing substantial numbers of complex motions and briefs, participating in depositions, conducting investigations, and acts of trial work from inception through mediation, arbitration andtrial. Should have excellent and demonstrated judgment and analytical skills. Must have strong verbal and written communication skills.
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