Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment
Job Posted: 28 January 2020
Company: Danaher
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Washington, DC


The Senior Counsel, L&E is responsible for providing guidance and assistance in connection with a wide variety of employment and labor law issues in the United States. On the employment side, the L&E Counsel will:

  • Provide guidance and support regarding the legal aspects of the employment relationship with our associates and the compliance with the myriad federal, state, and local laws that govern this relationship and the workplace including those concerning discrimination, wage and hour, immigration and “whistleblowing” 
  • Assist U.S. OpCos in HR-related investigations/audits including overseeing third party investigators, supporting internal OpCo investigators and sometimes personally conducting such investigations
  • Help educate (through training and other means) our Human Resources community about the requirements imposed by applicable Executive Orders and OFCCP regulations, including affirmative action plan requirements and will also provide support and guidance in connection with OFCCP audits as applicable 
  • Represent our operating companies before various federal and state government agencies and manage charges filed by associates with such agencies (e.g. EEOC, DOL, NLRB, etc.), including preparation of position statements, responding to information requests, managing the administrative investigation process and playing a key role in any mediation or litigation of such charges
  • Assist in the management of certain employment litigation including the development and execution of effective litigation management and settlement strategies; manage the discovery process; and ensure proactive legal advice is effectively and efficiently delivered in order to mitigate present and potential future risk and exposure 
  • Work effectively with outside counsel and report effectively on matters to the VP & Chief Counsel, L&E
  • Prepare training and educational materials and conduct training for the U.S. HR community about various employment and labor best practices
  • Prepare various employment-related agreements, such as separation, contractor, and fixed term agreements
  • Review, revise and prepare HR operating company policies and handbooks

On the labor side this person will assist in union awareness activities and in keeping our facilities union free. In plants where we have unions, this person will provide legal support to the operating company in connection with union matters ranging from contract negotiations, unfair labor practice charges, and grievance and arbitration matters.


  • Work closely with the VP & Chief Counsel - L&E as well as US OpCo Legal, HR and business leaders in providing legal advice and guidance on wide-ranging employment and labor issues
  • Develop and proliferate best practices that meet labor and employment regulatory requirements and that deliver efficient and broad impact
  • Provide regular, clear communication of US employment and labor issues and opportunities to VP & Chief Counsel - L&E
  • Obtain positive results in disputes with employees and as a collaborative team member of the Danaher L&E Legal Team 
  • Keep abreast of US employment/labor law developments in the statutory and regulatory arena and communicating pertinent and value-added information to the HR community to ensure compliance and minimize risk. 

Required Skills & Experience: 

  • J.D. from an accredited law school, preferably one recognized for graduating top lawyers
  • Must be an experienced L&E attorney who has worked in both a major law firm and in-house in positions of responsibility for a variety of substantive L&E areas for the U.S. 
  • 10 -12 years of L&E practice (with at least 2-3 in-house preferred) with substantial responsibility in leading a variety of L&E issues to conclusion including employee disputes, dispute resolution (litigation, ADR), labor negotiations, and internal investigations
  • Expert substantive knowledge of major U.S. employment and labor laws and regulations
  • Significant experience in HR-related investigations and management of investigations and project management 
  • Preparation and presentation of L&E training/educational materials to HR audience
  • Significant experience with federal contractor regulations, AAP and OFCCP audits a big plus
  • Ability to effectively present to large HR and business groups
  • Experiences that suggest an ability to function independently and effectively in a complex, matrixed organization a must
  • Ability to travel domestically as needed, perhaps as much as 25-30% of time in some periods

To Apply:
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This role is located in Washington DC and open to those who currently reside in the Washington DC region or anyone open to relocate to the DC Metro area.