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In-house Counsel - Employment & Litigation

Date: Nov 12, 2020

Location: Kansas City, MO, US, 64108

Company: Hallmark







Come join us. You’ll add value to one of the world’s most iconic consumer brands and be part of our company with a life-affirming purpose to inspire meaningful connections. Our products, content and experiences aim to enrich all lives by making a genuine difference in every life, every day, and our business is focused on bringing the value and relevance of Diversity and Inclusion to every brand, product and person we touch.  


Our overarching enterprise D&I Framework and plans demonstrate our belief and value in having a diverse and inclusive workforceHallmark’s D&I efforts will continue to represent ongoing progress and reinforce our commitment, as will our intentional focus on bringing more diverse talent into our business and onto our teams.


Hallmark has been recognized as one of Forbes and Statista 2020 best employers for diversity, women and new graduates.


Hallmark's Legal Division is seeking a junior in-house attorney with expertise in labor & employment law, employment litigation, and general litigation to join our team. We support the core businesses of Hallmark Cards, Incorporated and its foreign and domestic subsidiaries, including Crayola and Crown Media Family Networks, and are valued business partners in helping to both grow and protect our businesses. Hallmark provides an exceptional work environment, competitive pay, great benefits, and a culture of quality, innovation, and caring.


The In-house Counsel – Employment & Litigation must have strong client partnering and interpersonal leadership skills, as well as excellent technical legal skills.  This individual will report to the Associate General Counsel – Employment & Litigation, and work largely under the direction of the Associate General Counsel and the Assistant Generals Counsel on a variety of legal matters, including the following:

  • Provides in-house legal services and support to all areas of the company, including its foreign and domestic subsidiaries and affiliates.  
  • Performs project work relating to employment, COVID-19, general litigation, and other matters.
  • Provides legal advice to Human Resources representatives and managers on a wide range of labor & employment and general litigation matters.
  • Investigates, responds to, and resolves employment claims through Hallmark’s internal dispute program (which culminates in binding arbitration), and/or that have been filed with federal and state agencies or courts. 
  • Investigates, responds to, and handles general litigation matters.
  • Partners with and manages outside counsel in appropriate situations.
  • Stays informed of existing and new legislation or requirements in assigned areas of the law (e.g., wage & hour and leave laws), and proactively supports policies and controls to facilitate compliance.
  • Educates business partners through presentations and advice in an effort to mitigate legal risks.
  • Provides advice on workforce reorganizations, including conducting adverse impact analyses and preparing severance-related documents.
  • Is knowledgeable of e-discovery issues and requirements, and proactively supports processes, policies, technologies and controls to facilitate compliance with such requirements.



To be considered an applicant for this position, you must show how you meet the basic qualifications of the job in a resume or document you upload, or by completing the work experience and education application fields. Accepted file types are Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX), PDF, HTML, or TXT. Individual file size attachment limit is 10 MB.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited U.S. law school.
  • Licensed to practice law, and an active member in good standing of the bar in the state of Missouri or another U.S. state.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience working with Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and FLSA.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in employment counseling and general or employment litigation/arbitration.
  • Experience with and exposure to U.S. labor laws and administrative structure, including the NLRA and the workings of the NLRB.
  • Strong ability to understand the business needs of internal clients and offer clear, actionable and effective advice.
  • Strong and effective business and legal partnering (internal and external) skills.
  • Sound business and legal judgment, and demonstrates the highest degree of professionalism.
  • Ability to quickly and effectively manage a variety of assignments, under time constraints, and to effectively prioritize workload based on business needs and the company's strategic goals.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, problem-solving and project management skills.
  • High level of personal accountability, self-motivation, results orientation and work ethic; is an agile learner and change agent.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and negotiation skills.
  • Maintains confidentiality and demonstrates attention to detail.


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as in-house counsel or secondment with a corporate law department strongly preferred.        


Work Location:  This position is located at Hallmark’s corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.  The individual will work remotely while the headquarters building operates with limited access only (through at least April 1, 2021).  Hallmark, in its discretion, may consider extending the remote nature of this role even after the building reopens, although regular travel to headquarters will be required and relocation may be in the best interest of the successful candidate’s career development.


In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Hallmark Cards, Incorporated and its subsidiary companies will hire only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Hallmark does not generally provide sponsorship for employment. Employment by Hallmark is contingent upon the signing of the Employment Agreement, signing of an agreement to arbitrate in connection with the Hallmark Dispute Resolution Program, completing Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, passing the drug screen, verifying education credentials, and having satisfactory reference and background checks.



At Hallmark, we help people feel connected to what matters. That’s true of our employees, just as it is our consumers. Providing benefits that support the lives and wellbeing of Hallmarkers is among the most important investments the company makes.

Hallmark benefits are designed to give you choices. Wherever you are in life, we want you to find the benefits that are right for you and your loved ones. Explore the Hallmark Benefits Guide to learn more.


Hallmark is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, pregnancy, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other legally-protected status.  Principals only please.


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