Full Time Job

VP, Legal, Employment - News & Sports

Warner Bros. Discovery

New York, NY 01-17-2024
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Executive (10+ years) Experience
Job Description
Your New Role

This position provides employment legal support and counseling for P&C and business leaders within Warner Bros Discovery. The role is primarily focused on supporting WBD's news and sports business units and operations and may support other client groups and initiatives within the WBD's global corporate functions and departments. This role wo rks closely with the broader internal employment legal team to provide day-to-day advice and subject matter expertise across the full range of employee relations and other labor and employment issues across the US. In consultation with the international employment legal team, this role manages global initiatives and issues, including agreements for on-air talent and other sophisticated contract matters. This role is the lead employment lawyer for the news and sports business units and manages a team of paralegal and attorney staff, providing day to day management and strategic direction and prioritization. This role interprets the latest employment legislation and case law into practical, straight forward language to deliver workable solutions in a fast paced, dynamic global business environment. Delivers training on key legal matters within client groups.

Your Role Accountabilities
• Advice and counseling on labor and employment matters
• Analyzes, drafts, negotiates, and reviews a portfolio of several hundred complex executive and on-air talent agreements and provides legal support to WBD's contract administration team.
• Management of a team that includes a lawyer, paralegal, and group executive assistant
• Support for corporate initiatives and projects as needed and assigned, including restructuring reviews, policies, and harmonization initiatives.
• Employment legal support for employment disputes and litigation, including administrative charges and arbitration proceedings
• Ad hoc advice on labor relations matters focused on labor relations in a non-union environment.

Qualifications & Experience
• 12+ years of experience as a practicing labor and employment lawyer
• Experience in a global environment, preferably in media/news/sports
• Experience supervising or overseeing the work of other attorney(s)
• Juris Doctor
• Membership in the New York State Bar in good standing or willingness and qualification to be registered as in-house counsel in New York State
• Knowledge of labor and employment law and the legal environment of the media industry sufficient to prepare legal documents, represent WBD in legal proceedings, and advise management
• Must be able to prepare, negotiate, and interpret complex agreements and other legal documents
• Must be able to research legal questions and to provide written and oral advice
• Must be able to supervise and evaluate legal, paralegal, and administrative subordinates
• Knowledge of labor relations issues in the media industry, particularly in unscripted/nonunion environments

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