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Lead ER Paralegal - Litigation

Apply Now Job ID: R0000137749 job family: Law schedule: Full time Location: 33 S 6th St, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55402-3601;

LEAD ER PARALEGAL, LITIGATION

Classification: Exempt

Date: June 2021

About us:

Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America’s leading retailers.

To match the signature style and passion of Target’s distinctive and beloved retail brand, Target Legal Affairs is a dynamic and deeply knowledgeable team of legal pros, each with valuable expertise from several disciplines. Whether specializing in government affairs, policy, risk management, regulatory compliance, ethics or employee and labor relations, this team advocates for Target and its business plans in communities across the nation and works across the entire company to provide internal clients with cohesive guidance. We are committed to being internal experts to both internal and external entities on key issues that affect Target’s ability to productively do business. We focus on defining, investigating, anticipating and ultimately mitigating risk in all its forms. We apply our grasp of brand law by overseeing, maintaining and ensuring correct, consistent and authorized use of Target’s signature Bullseye logo, assets and other trademarked material. We help protect Target and its subsidiaries by applying our comprehensive understanding and interpretation of the laws that govern our stores, distribution centers and corporate locations. Here, you’ll enjoy working autonomously with a healthy work-life balance. Your passion for learning the business and building relationships with the senior leaders and key business partners that you support will be key to tackling the ever-changing legal challenges we face in a dynamic and fast-paced retail landscape. From brand and patent law to contract development and negotiations, you’ll be challenged and gratified by a role with Target Legal Affairs.

A role with Employee Relations means the opportunity to provide legal counsel on internal employee relations matters for our domestic field, headquarters and international locations. Your internal clients will be Human Resources and various business leaders, and you’ll consult on investigations and respond to both internal and external claims.

Under the general guidance of the Stores Employee Relations (“ER”) attorney team, the Lead ER Paralegal, Litigation, strategically manages all phases of litigation and the litigation process (including but not limited to new matter intake, fact investigation/discovery, motion practice, summary judgment, mediation, and trial preparation).  Works to ensure that the services provided in connection with litigation represent Target’s brand, mission, and philosophy.  Regularly partners with outside counsel and key internal partners to assist with the defense of litigation as well as to proactively develop strategies for delivering favorable litigation results in the most cost-effective manner possible. 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supports Stores ER attorney team by managing all phases of litigation and the litigation process and by managing relationships with outside counsel on a wide array of litigation and other legal matters. 

  • Develops and executes litigation strategy with outside counsel, including analysis of risk and assessment of litigation costs to drive favorable results in the most cost-effective manner.  Identifies and appropriately shares trends or themes that may emerge during the course of litigation with key partners in order to address trends, reduce risk, and enhance Target’s position in litigation.

  • Facilitates discovery in litigation, including partnering with internal resources to collect pertinent information related to defense, reviewing information collected in discovery, determining appropriate responses, and analyzing the impact of information collected on risk assessment in conjunction with Stores ER attorney team.  Facilitates defense of Target matters by training outside counsel on Target’s policies, procedures (including ER/LR billing and litigation management procedures), as well as Target’s business.

  • Attends depositions and mediations, including occasional travel, as needed.  Negotiates as necessary during mediations and, in partnership with the Stores ER attorney team, works to settle litigation matters.  Trains and holds outside counsel accountable to Target billing guidelines and best practices.  

  • Responsible for implementing internal processes that result in improvements and efficiencies to Target’s litigation management and outside counsel management.

  • Assists with responses to subpoenas and other governmental requests, as needed. 

  • Responds to demand letters in consultation with Stores ER attorney team, including fact investigation, assessing risk based on applicable law, and strategically negotiating with opposing counsel. 

  • Independently prioritizes workload.  Works autonomously to represent the ER team in various projects, such as the development of alternative fee arrangements with outside counsel, store closings, revisions to company policies or practices, and other company initiatives with team member impact.

  • Manages litigation matters within Serengeti/Tracker and other relevant information systems.

  • Develops communications and relationships with field HR clients to maintain a superior understanding of business objectives.

  • Functions as a professional team player within a highly collaborative, highly engaged environment.

  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned/needed from time to time.

Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.

About you:

  • Four-year degree or equivalent, job-related experience.

  • Strong written, communication, and analytical skills.

  • Strong ability to establish effective, trusted team and client relationships.

  • Strong ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

  • Strong ability to organize and prioritize a large volume of work.

  • Strong ability to adapt and adjust in a dynamic retail environment.

  • Strong ability to think strategically and exercise independent judgment and discretion. 

  • Ability to manage multiple, large projects simultaneously.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel/Word/PowerPoint.

DESIRED REQUIREMENTS:

  • Prior litigation and/or litigation management experience (in a law firm or corporate setting) strongly preferred.

  • Familiarity with employment litigation and/or employment law preferred.

  • Familiarity with managing wage and hour class action litigation preferred.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Target will provide reasonable accommodations (such as a qualified sign language interpreter or other personal assistance) with the application process upon your request as required to comply with applicable laws. If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please visit your nearest Target store or Distribution Center or reach out to Guest Services at 1-800-440-0680 for additional information.

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