Sr Counsel, Product Liability

Tesla

  • Full Time

The Role

Tesla is looking for an experienced litigation
attorney to join the product liability team within our fast-paced Legal
Department. The Senior or Corporate Counsel will represent and defend Tesla in
all aspects of product liability-related litigation matters, generally focused
on our vehicle products. This position will be located in Austin.

Specific responsibilities will include: 

  • Represent
    and defend Tesla in all aspects of product liability-related litigation
    matters.
  • Engage
    in factual investigation, analyze complex legal and factual issues,
    conduct extensive legal research, independently develop, recommend and
    present defense strategies within the legal team and to the business.
  • Respond
    to complaints and other pleadings, respond to discovery requests, conduct interviews and document collection, and review and prepare responses to
    motions to compel and for protective orders, and represent Tesla at
    hearings, mediations, trials and arbitrations.
  • Prepare
    witnesses for deposition and trial.
  • Negotiate
    for the dismissal or resolution of cases at all stages in the litigation
    process.
  • Analyze
    vehicle data, work with engineering to understand the same, and respond to
    attorney demand letters with a summary of same in effort to avoid
    litigation.
  • Maintain
    knowledge of current and emerging laws, regulations and trends related to vehicle
    regulations and product liability.
  • Work
    closely with regulatory counsel on investigations with an eye towards
    potential for litigation.
  • Work
    with engineering teams to identify areas of improvement, and provide
    counsel on vague and challenging questions that balance risk and product
    development.
  • Lead
    in management of outside counsel handling litigation.

Requirements:

  • JD
    Degree from an ABA accredited law school.
  • Member
    of a state bar.
  • 6-10
    years of experience actively litigating personal injury/product liability matters.
    including initial case assessment, strategy development, responding to
    discovery, drafting motions, mediation, arbitration, and court trials.
  • Experience
    in preparing company witnesses for depositions or other hearings.
  • Ability
    to exercise business and legal judgment with strong problem-solving,
    research, and project management skills and ability to work closely with
    business (engineers and other non-lawyers).
  • Clear
    and concise communication style, both in writing and verbally.
  • Track
    record of working efficiently with a client-service focus in a fast-paced,
    dynamic environment.
  • Willingness
    to travel to depositions, trials or other key litigation events.
  • Pleasant
    attitude, sense of humor, ability to work well with others including
    non-lawyers, ability to prioritize your work to meet deadlines and get
    work done with minimal supervision.

Preferences:

  • Litigation
    experience in product liability, specifically relating to the
    automotive/transportation sector, i.e., automobile accidents and crashes.
  • Experience
    working for an automaker, auto supplier, or law firm supporting same.
  • Preferably,
    having an engineering or technical background, and/or significant
    transportation or vehicle experience.
  • First
    or second chair trial experience in catastrophic injury/wrongful death
    litigation.
  • Aptitude
    for and interest in vehicle technology.
  • Experience
    in e-discovery (Relativity).
  • Responsibility
    for setting budgets and/or approving them, as well as responsibility for
    law firm billing and/or reviewing law firm billing.
  • A
    quick and flexible learner: intellectually curious, open-minded,
    adaptable, comfortable with ambiguity and risk, and excited
    by dynamic change.
  • Adept
    at and comfortable making complex cost/benefit assessments.
  • Inspire
    trust, forge relationships quickly, and earn the confidence
    and cooperation of your business partners.

Responsibilities

Requirements