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Senior Litigation Counsel The candidate will manage ongoing debt recovery efforts from delinquent accounts from inception through conclusion, including determination level of pursuit, managing bankruptcy litigation, obtaining financial judgments, etc. Will establish ROI track record to exceed current ROI on debt recovery. Develop appropriate case management systems to support debt recovery efforts. Direct outreach to debtors where Company collection effort is not productive. Handle incoming calls from debtors. Mange post-judgment efforts (i.e. with banks and credit collections processors). Debt recovery efforts to include: communications with debtors and their counsel, monitoring of debtor payments to Company, managing local counsel (and related fees and expenses) as appropriate and research on debtor financial position. Draft, editing and managing documents used to minimize bad debt. Work regularly with Company employees who share in debt recovery processes. Retain and manage outside counsel to prosecute or defend lawsuits involving the Company in the U.S. (primary focus) and Canada (secondary focus). Investigate underlying facts and legal precedent of disputed matters including the leading of document collection efforts. Draft or edit pleadings including motions, briefs, proposed orders, settlement agreements and other legal documents. Prepare witnesses to meet formal dispute resolution needs. Attend as needed, throughout the U.S. and Canada, depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, settlement conferences, when appropriate to advance the Company’s interests. Represent, as assigned by the General Counsel, the Law Department at internal customer meetings and planning sessions. Manage outside counsel and related professional services to meet aggressive cost management targets. Maintain awareness with laws and regulations that affect debt collection practices such as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, related regulations, and state laws and regulations targeting debt collection practices. Work with corporate employment counsel, develop and manage litigation management processes for the Company’s Legal team (e.g. document preservation rules, subpoena handling, etc.). Adhere to Department service levels and manage disputes and various priorities as a self-starter and leader. Provide attention to detail, timely responses, and prompt, accurate support and communications to Legal and Regulatory colleagues and Company leadership. Review contracts and agreements for key issues relevant to litigation and drafts and edits responses as needed. Identify recurring issues and patterns associated with litigation and other dispute matters and collaboratively create strategies to limit the Company’s exposure. Licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Minnesota is needed. Should have 8+ years of experience as a litigator, including writing substantial numbers of complex motions and briefs, participation in depositions, conducting investigations, and handling all aspects of trial work from inception through mediation, arbitration and trial. Excellent analytical, writing and communication skill is needed. Excellent interpersonal skill is essential.
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