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International Paper Sr. Counsel Labor & Employment in MEMPHIS, Tennessee

What if you were given the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference? It is time to embrace your Infinite Possibilities. This is your opportunity to be part of International Paper, a Fortune 500 company and global leader in paper and packaging products. IP is known for our commitment to the environment and to cutting-edge technology. We have spent more than 100 years creating new ideas, and we are looking for people who can collaborate to help us build on our history, while creating future success. We are committed to attracting, preparing, promoting and supporting our teams. At International Paper, you control your destiny. We offer benefits, challenges, global opportunities and total rewards. When we say Infinite Possibilities, we mean it.

Provide high quality, timely, cost effective counsel and advice to business and staff groups as assigned on all aspects of labor and employment related legal issues.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for timely, proactive advice on a wide range of employment and labor issues.

  • Interpret and analyze laws, regulations, policies and rulings, and assist in the development, implementation and interpretation of appropriate guidelines, policies, and practices.

  • Identify and inform regarding development and trends in labor and employment law; recommend and implement appropriate strategies and responses, including compliance policies and practices.

  • Provide expert and effective representation before various entities, including administrative agencies, collective bargaining representatives, and other parties.

  • Proactively engage clients and other counsel in ongoing efforts to reduce costs and exposure to legal challenges, with the goal of minimizing litigation and administrative challenges.

  • Contribute to achieving legal, business and corporate goals as a proactive member of the legal team and functional partner with other business and specialty counsel.

  • Provide proactive training and education on relevant labor & employment issues and practices to business clients, corporate staff and other attorneys.

  • Select and manage competent, cost effective outside counsel within company guidelines.

  • Work as a positive team member, including with other L&E counsel, other members of the legal department, Human Resources, and business partners.

Key Challenges:

The external environment, including technology, competition, and markets: Must maintain awareness of industry changes, labor developments, political environments, evolving employment and labor legislation.

The internal environment, including interaction with other (both inside and outside the company), policies and practices: Requires a day-to-day interaction with various levels of management, administrative agencies, outside counsel. Must be able to apply internal policies and practices to transactions involving employees and third parties. Must work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with an emphasis on results.

The work itself, e.g., problems, opportunities, change: Must maintain awareness of business economics, economic conditions, operational issues, bargaining unit agreements, supply chain management, and vendor and customer relations.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Juris Doctorate degree from accredited law school; member in good standing of a state bar and willingness to achieve admission to the State Bar of Tennessee.

  • Seven (7) or more years of employment and/or labor law experience. Employment advice and counsel experience preferred.

  • Must have ability to solve complex legal issues and apply broad principles.

  • Must have current awareness of developments in fields of expertise.

  • Must demonstrate evidence of timely and successful completion of assigned tasks.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with others across disciplines with a focus on leadership and delivery results.

  • Must have capacity to consult with and manage outside counsel.

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.

  • Must demonstrate evidence of ability to handle multiple priorities and work independently with minimal direction.

  • Must possess the ability and desire to rapidly learn and grow in responsibility.


Decision quality, Ethics and values, Interpersonal savvy, Learning on the fly, Customer focus, Dealing with ambiguity, Drive for results, Functional and technical skills, Integrity and trust, Negotiations, Problem solving, Timely decision making, Time management, Written communications, Composure, Peer relationships, Presentation skills, Priority setting, Organizational agility, Creativity

International Paper is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Veterans.

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