Marriott International, Inc. is the world's largest hotel company based in Bethesda, Maryland, with more than 7,000 properties and 30 brands in 132 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts and branded residential properties. Marriott’s Law Department services the Company's lodging and hospitality business and provides legal advice and counsel to Marriott’s internal clients.
The attorney in this position will work in the Marriott Law Department’s Dispute Resolution Group reporting to the Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel. The attorney will provide Marriott’s operating divisions and staff departments with legal assistance and advice regarding disputes and matters in litigation, and will manage, coordinate, and participate in litigation with outside counsel. The attorney in this position will work with individuals at Marriott properties and staff departments as well as with attorneys and paralegals within Marriott’s Law Department and externally with outside counsel, vendors, and consultants.
Specific Job Summary and Expected Contributions
The primary specific duties, responsibilities, and expected contributions of the attorney in this position include:
Investigating and evaluating factual circumstances at issue in disputes, engaging in early case assessment, and achieving resolution of disputes prior to litigation when appropriate;
Providing litigation risk assessments, including advising clients on estimated costs of litigation, possibilities of success, scope and nature of risks, valuation of various potential outcomes, and alternative solutions available, including potential dispute resolution and settlement options;
Providing clients with legal assistance and advice regarding disputes and matters in litigation;
Supporting all aspects of company policies and practices as they relate to litigation, arbitration, and otherwise;
Supporting all aspects of company policies and practices concerning electronic discovery and document review, production, and retention;
Managing dispute resolution and litigation prior to engagement of outside counsel;
Managing outside counsel, vendors, and consultants to support litigation matters including, ideally, experience with managing experts and their testimony;
Overseeing and participating with outside counsel in developing strategy, drafting and editing pleadings, briefs, and memos, engaging in discovery and factual investigation, and supporting depositions, hearings, and trials, as appropriate;
Providing oversight and guidance to Litigation Group’s Paralegal Team in discovery management, and in responses to claim letters and third-party subpoenas and service of process issues;
In conjunction with Finance Partner and outside counsel, vendors, and consultants, develop and manage matter budgets, including case and matter budgeting and monthly fees and costs accrual processes;
Managing outside counsel relationships, including budgeting, staffing, case management, and conflict waiver requests;
Traveling, as appropriate, domestically and internationally, to attend relevant court hearings, trials, and arbitration proceedings;
Working on various commercial matters, franchise tender disputes, and matters concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act;
Performing other duties as appropriate.
Excellent academic records with a law degree from a top law school;
Active Bar Membership to the bar of any state;
Minimum of 5 years of litigation experience in a law firm or corporate law department of national reputation, with a focus on commercial litigation, including trial/arbitration hearing experience, preferably with some insurance defense experience and/or franchise experience, and a business-oriented approach to practicing law;
Litigation process experience, expertise concerning electronic discovery, knowledge of and experience with e-mail systems/network methodologies/back-up solutions, including experience with record management and preservation.
Proven project management experience leading teams, strong problem-solving/analytical skills, excellent organizational skills, as well as the ability to work well under pressure while producing a high volume of accurate work;
Outstanding analytical, writing, and oral presentation skills;
Constructive approach to dealing with conflict, and ability to influence and achieve successful results without damaging relationships;
Ability expeditiously to identify and assess issues and provide legally sound recommendations consistent with good business practices and reason;
Ability to work independently, take ownership of, and effectively resolve problems;
Excellent client service and communications skills (oral and written); and
Strong interpersonal and consultative skills; ability to interact effectively and work diplomatically with individuals at all levels.
Internal Number: 19171962
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