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Company: Tyson Foods, Inc.
Position: Senior Counsel – Commercial Litigation
Location: Springdale, AR

Description:​ This position is responsible for managing commercial litigation in a variety of legal matters that affect the company and advising in-house business clients on avoiding litigation risk, maximizing business recoveries, and retiring litigation risk in a strategic, yet cost-effective manner. Candidates should be familiar with standard legal concepts, practices, and procedures applicable to civil, administrative, and criminal cases and be able to develop and implement plans to effectively manage all phases of commercial litigation, from motion practice to discovery, including electronic discovery, expert testimony and trial. Candidates will be responsible for managing a docket consisting of a variety of commercial matters and, in addition to managing outside counsel, may also serve as attorney of record for the company where appropriate. 

When managing outside counsel, core expectations include the management and direction of outside counsel’s workstreams—as well as hands-on participation in those workstreams—to reduce legal spend.  Candidates must be able to work collaboratively with other legal staff members and exhibit the competence and professionalism needed to earn the trust of members of the company’s management team.  This Senior Counsel position will be a part of the Commercial Litigation group of the Tyson Foods Law Department, with primary focus on commercial litigation matters, including securities, breach of contract, food labeling claims and bankruptcy proceedings.  Experience in antitrust litigation is also a positive.

Qualifications:

Education: Law degree from an accredited law school and a license to practice law in at least one jurisdiction.

Experience: 6 plus years of legal experience required. Candidate must have experience in a variety of civil litigation, including tort, product liability, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Prior in-house counsel and private practice trial experience is preferred. Experience in class action cases preferred.

Computer Skills: Standard computer skills.

Communication Skills: Superior written and verbal communication skills.

Special Skills: A team player who can effectively communicate with and respond to clients in a timely manner. Must be able to work independently with outside counsel. Must exercise good judgment in all tasks.

Supervisory: Manage outside counsel and possible supervision of other in-house attorneys, paralegals or administrative assistants on a project basis.

Travel: Some travel may be required.

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