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Posted Apr 18

Senior Counsel, Litigation

University of California
Oakland, CA Full Time

The University of California Office of General Counsel (OGC) seeks a litigator who will primarily oversee outside counsel in employment practices liability and general liability litigation and may also directly handle litigation and other adversarial proceedings involving the University, including writs, appeals, trials, and representation of University witnesses in depositions. The position is for a one-year contract, with the possibility of extension pending funding, need, and performance.

The position requires substantial knowledge of litigation strategy, trial work, civil procedure, and federal and state labor and employment laws (including the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act, and National Labor Relations Act), as well as privacy, First Amendment, and whistleblower issues.

The position will involve providing substantial expertise in the areas of employment law and general civil litigation; working closely with outside counsel in developing case strategy consistent with University policy and protocols; independently handling a full range of legal matters and projects, including the most complex and those of substantial importance and impact to the University; interpreting complex facts and the law in areas of high ambiguity; providing functional advice to senior managers and campus stakeholders concerning risk assessment, liability, and damages; acting as a liaison among outside counsel, campus counsel, campus risk managers, and other campus constituents; and drafting, reviewing, and revising discovery documents, pleadings, and briefs.

OGC delivers ethical, timely, efficient, and high quality legal services to the University of California's ten campuses, five medical centers, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as well as to the Board of Regents, the President, Chancellors, and other officers of the University. Its services include prosecuting and defending litigation; drafting and negotiating agreements; providing advice, counsel, and interpretation of laws, regulations and policies; and assisting with development of effective compliance and risk mitigation strategies to facilitate the University's complex operations.

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