• Director of Business Affairs – Employment and Litigation

    Job Locations US-FL-HOLLYWOOD
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Business Affairs - Legal
  • Overview

    The Director of Business Affairs – Employment and Litigation, is a member of senior management within a department that has a significant influence across the entire group and the individual is a key decision maker, and responsible for managing all employment law and litigation issues within the business. This is inclusive of all employment-related legal issues, compliance and adherence to agreements, general litigation management, crisis management and management of external legal advisement.  This role provides support to all areas of the business – Cafes, franchise, hotel operations, casino operations, and other business partnerships.


    Key Competencies

    • Breadth & Depth of Knowledge -Must know & apply the most advanced concepts, practices, and procedures. Applies extensive knowledge & experience as an advisor to top management over the employment and litigation areas impacting the business.
    • Planning & Organization - Prepare long-term plans that address corporate issues to meet the strategic business goals.
    • Decision Making - Takes decisions with major long-term implications for the organization requiring judgement where the risks are high and the availability of advice & information is limited.
    • Business Awareness & Initiative - Stresses the need for the business to achieve pre-eminence in its market and stay ahead of its competitors by seizing opportunities and launching major company-wide initiatives which improve the organization market position.
    • Nature of Contacts - Contacts involve establishing and maintaining relationships of major long-term significance to the company in which very high levels of persuasion and negotiation skills are typically required, in situations where strong opposition or potential conflict exists.
    • People Accountability-Accountable for management of large number of people including decentralized and/or multi-disciplinary teams; creates a climate of continuous improvement to ensure the organization has the people to meet its future needs.
    • Financial Accountability - Contributes to company's overall budget; determines and changes financial priorities in line with financial, business, and organization objectives.
    • Positive Impact - Scope to make major performance impact regarding many significant company objectives and results, with significant effect inside and outside the company. Will exert major influence on overall direction of company, as well as its results.


    Key Activities / Decision Areas

    • Employment Counsel & Litigation Management
      • Serve as a key resource to management and other key individuals who present potential problems and issues in advance and heed advice.
      • Anticipate & prevent legal, litigation & regulatory problems.
      • Direct claims through appropriate channels, discovery processes, outside counsel and witnesses.
      • Review and approve all use of outside counsel along with legal bills.
      • Supervise and manage ongoing domestic and international litigation (including contract disputes involving merchandise, franchises, memorabilia, sales, internet, vendor contracts, entertainment performances, etc.)
      • Prepare correspondence, warning notices and cease and desist letters to third parties.
      • Negotiate all settlements.
      • Advise appropriate departments on all material human resource matters.
      • Oversee EEOC and Human Rights Commission claims.
      • Mange and protect intellectual property portfolio.


    • Business Administration
      • Assure all company policies and procedures are maintained to meet the business needs in relation to liability and exposure.
      • Department Strategic plan is in alignment with all of the profit centers.
      • Maintain a tracking system for all employment and litigation issues to assure no interruption to business occurs.


    • Franchisees & Partnerships
      • Provide advice, support, and interpretation relating to disputes under the company's franchise and licenses agreements.
      • Deal with and resolve franchisee and license problems in a practical, timely and cost effective manner that protects the brand.


    • Crisis Management
      • Oversee Risk Management and risk management procedures.
      • Establish a crisis management plan and execute assuring that key individuals are included in the process in the event a crisis occurs, inclusive of all franchisees and partners. Act as the first point of contact in any crisis event.
      • Work with marketing and outside PR firm to pro-actively deal with crises.


    • Bachelor's degree, law degree and admission to bar in at least one state.
    • Minimum of ten (10) years in litigation and employment with a focus in hospitality business.
    • Combination experience in employment and litigation with both national/international exposure within a law firm and in-house experience.
    • Negotiating experience with proven positive results as an in-house legal advisor.
    • Proven record of multi-faceted experience and exposure in legal advisement (i.e. trademark, real estate, franchise agreements, health and safety, crisis management)
    • Knowledge in hospitality business inclusive of restaurants, retail, hotels, casinos, and real estate.
    • Preference for candidates who also have some IP and Trademark Litigation experience.


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