Employment & Labor Legal Counsel
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Employment & Labor Legal Counsel
What is the role
The successful candidate will be responsible for
Providing proactive legal services and comprehensive advice and counsel regarding US labor and employment laws to a wide range of stakeholders across diverse business and functional lines.
Partnering with the Human Resources Department of Shell USA, Inc., to support businesses and functions in the United States, such as Downstream, Upstream, Integrated Gas, Projects & Technology, Renewables & Energy Solutions, Global Functions, US Policy, MA&D, Employee Relations, and Industrial Relations.
Reporting to the Managing Counsel – North America Labor, Employment & Benefits.
Acting as the primary legal advisor on confidential employment matters, appropriately challenging business proposals and decisions by identifying potential legal risk and drawing attention to reputational exposure.
Thriving in a fast-paced work environment and managing competing priorities with resilience will be key to success in this role.
What we need from you –
You must have legal authorization to work in the United States on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer
You must have (5 – 8) five to eight years of experience as an attorney, specifically in US labor and employment law
Juris Doctor Degree in Law and licensed to practice law in Texas, or able to obtain license in a reasonable timeframe
Experience providing advice and counsel regarding employment matters, policies, and processes that impact diverse businesses and jurisdictions throughout the US
Experience with employee investigations, employment litigation, and dispute resolution; experience handling first-chair employment mediations is not a requirement but is considered a plus
Familiarity with federal and state regulatory agencies, including the DOL, EEOC, IRS, TWC, NLRB, and SEC
Experience with business transactions, including advising on employment matters relating to mergers, acquisitions, and divestments
Experience with traditional labor law and the delivery of advice and counsel for a unionized workforce is not a requirement but is considered a plus
Ability to work independently without the assistance of outside counsel
Ability to answer complex legal questions
Confident and credible with strong interpersonal, influencing, and negotiating skills
Ability to see both the big picture and to handle details accurately and consistently
Ability to provide value-added and proactive legal services
Demonstrated ability to clearly explain legal risks and develop sound mitigation strategies
Makes professional judgement as to when to refer decisions / issues to line manager
Consults and keeps line manager informed at significant checkpoints
Has considerable professional autonomy and will consult with line manager only on more significant, novel or material legal or risk issues and decisions
Ability to establish targeted and sustainable relationships with key stakeholders
Ability to meet deadlines and demonstrate flexibility
Excellent analytical and organizational skills
Possessing a high sense of professionalism, highest level of integrity, and ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
Excellent legal drafting skills
Fluent in speaking, writing, and reading in English
Ability to travel as needed
Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
Ability to positively influence people, effectively drive work processes and ensure compliance with policies
Courage to hold strong to views when challenging practices, seeking to encourage the exploration of new ideas that drive improvement
Demonstrate a strong personal commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through collaboration across functional and cultural boundaries