Corporate Counsel, Employment The Americas

  • 1015 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. is seeking an experienced attorney specializing in international employment and labor law.  The position can be located in the Americas, but the Seattle, WA headquarters location is preferred.  All applicant submissions must be completed by September 17, 2019.

We are a publicly traded company headquartered in Seattle, Washington with over 17,000 employees globally, operating in 330 locations.  Global supply chain management is what we do, but at the heart of Expeditors you will find professionalism, leadership, and a friendly environment, all of which foster an innovative, customer service-based approach to logistics.  Our focus is on people, process, and technology.  Our Information Services team designs the software and systems we use and is constantly injecting technology into the business.  Our Strategy team incubates innovative ideas for the company to explore, develop, test and launch new products, services, and businesses.  Our leadership team enables all employees to meet our strategic initiatives to grow opportunities for all.  


Job Description

The Corporate Counsel will join a world-class legal department and will be responsible for providing advice and strategies on labor and employment matters in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America.  The Corporate Counsel role will support the Vice President and Associate General Counsel Labor and Employment.  Primary responsibilities include:

  • Supporting and advising business teams, including executives, managers, employee relations, information services, and operations regarding compliance with existing labor and employment laws and new legislation

  • Advising on issues such as discipline, non-competition, redundancies, leave, disability, contingent workers, equity, contractor management, anti-discrimination, wage and hour, and union/labor relations

  • Providing representation and/or management of matters before human rights tribunals and agencies

  • Conducting and managing internal investigations

  • Drafting policies

  • Drafting service provider, commission, bursary, non-compete, employment, and settlement agreements

  • Assisting with privacy compliance in relation to employee data

  • Developing and delivering client training on compliance with labor and employment laws

  • Leading responses to governmental inquiries into employment/labor related matters  

  • Managing litigation, outside counsel, and budgets

  • Performing project management work for legal projects 

  • Formulating efficient resolution strategies to meet business objectives

  • Providing effective cross-functional support inside and outside of the legal department

  • Assisting in developing and implementing departmental goals and initiatives


  • A Juris Doctorate Degree or equivalent

  • Licensed/authorized to practice law and in good standing  

  • 3-5 years of experience in a top law firm preferred

  • In-house experience working in the law department of a Fortune 500 company highly desirable, but not required

  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills with high level of attention to detail and accuracy

  • Excellent business judgment and ability to work independently

  • Proficient or fluent Spanish preferred

  • Travel expected 10% to 30%


Additional Information

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. offers excellent benefits, including the following:

  • Paid Vacation 
  • Paid Holidays
  • Health Plan: Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Critical Care Insurance
  • Company Medical Leave
  • 401(k) Plan with Company Match 
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Training and Education Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Discretionary Bonus



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