Sr. Director and Counsel, Litigation Job
VMware - Palo Alto, CA

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Posting Title Sr. Director and Counsel, Litigation About Us VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable our more than 500,000 enterprise and SMB customers to thrive in the Cloud Era by simplifying, automating and transforming the way they build, deliver and consume IT. As a team, our employees thrive on forward momentum. We are an engine of opportunity fueled by the transformative products and solutions we bring to market, the passion and trust we inspire in our customers, and our collaborative drive to architect what’s next for the future of IT. With 13,000+ employees and 50+ locations worldwide, we are a passionate, innovative and driven group inspired to make a difference in the industry and our communities. Connect with us at Why work for our Division Members of the legal team at VMware advise upon legal matters arising within a sophisticated and competitive business context. The work of the VMware legal team contributes to the success of the Company and the personal development of our legal team members. The legal team practices a collaborative, creative, results-oriented approach. The collegial and collaborative work environment leads to rewarding professional relationships for team members. Our legal team members also have the opportunity to work with and advise Company executives, who share a high-level of intellect, confidence and professionalism. Legal team members handle, prioritize and follow through on numerous projects simultaneously. This provides excellent opportunities to learn the many aspects of the business and a great opportunity to work on a wide breadth of interesting and challenging matters with other highly motivated, top-performing professionals, at a fun, dynamic and fast paced company - VMware, Inc. Job Description VMware has a newly created position for a Senior Director and Counsel, Litigation. This person will be based in Palo Alto, California and will report into the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Litigation and Compliance. The primary job responsibility is to manage litigation and pre-litigation matters at VMware. In addition, as a member of the Litigation and Compliance Legal Group, this person will have the opportunity to be involved in strategic legal projects.

Role description:
This position will involve working with business unit managers as well as the broader VMware legal team. Specific duties include the following:

  • Provide practical, business-savvy pre-litigation counseling and litigation representation to our global VMware business units in all areas of complex litigation, including commercial, patent, trade secret, and employment litigation.
  • Partner with business legal teams outside of the US as necessary in litigation, counseling and compliance.
  • Partner with business legal teams outside of the US as necessary in litigation, counseling and compliance.
  • Aggressively manage and reduce outside counsel spend on all litigation matters.
  • Provide legal leadership for e-discovery practices.
  • Proactively inform business leaders about litigation-related updates and/or trends, and develop strategies to address commercial, patent, trade secret, and employment litigation issues.
  • Act as a thought leader on litigation issues and influence a broad cross-section of the organization.
Performance Objectives:
1. Demonstrates exceptional legal capabilities and judgment
2. Demonstrates excellent planning and budget management skills
3. Works well in a team environment
4. Provides prompt, efficient, and professional service to clients
5. Manages priorities in a fast paced environment
6. Demonstrates excellent work practices (e.g., takes responsibility for projects, meets deadlines, attends to details).
7. Demonstrates the ability to work independently

1. JD from a top-tier law school and 15 or more years of experience, including at least 5 years in-house managing a broad range of pre-litigation counseling and complex litigation, including complex commercial, patent, trade secret and employment litigation, in U.S. state and federal courts; experience managing litigation in non-US forums a plus.
2. Admission to CA state bar required.
3. Significant experience with a broad range of complex litigation in US state and federal court, including complex commercial, patent, trade secret, and employment litigation.
4. First chair jury trial, bench trial and/or arbitration experience required. Experience handling all aspects of discovery (especially e-discovery), arguing dispositive motions, and developing case strategy from complaint to verdict/settlement and/or appeal.
5. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team and/or a leader of a team across regions, business units and functions, including the ability to be diplomatic and culturally sensitive, but also firm and clear, as necessary.
6. Experience aggressively managing outside counsel strategy and litigation budgets.
7. Demonstrated success in advising and supporting senior executives.
8. Excellent analytical, communication, and time management skills.
9. Strong enthusiasm for the job, a hands-on mentality and a commitment to help VMware’s Legal Department deliver best-in-class legal services
10. Ability to meet the performance objectives set forth above Location Palo Alto, CA, US Is this a remote or multiple location position? No
Requisition Number 39349BR

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