Legal Counsel

Location Los Angeles, CA 90048
Date Posted March 25, 2022
Job ID 8196
Employment Type Retained
Scion Executive Search ( has been retained to conduct a search for The Writers Guild of America West’s incoming Legal Counsel. The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) is a dynamic, democratic, progressive labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels. This incredible position is full-time and based in Los Angeles, CA. This role will work on a hybrid schedule of 3 days in-office and 2 days remote.
Under the direction and supervision of the Assistant General Counsel, Counsel is responsible for enforcement of the Guild’s collective bargaining agreements and writers’ contracts (including employment, purchase and/or option contracts) through arbitration, litigation, and proceedings before the NLRB or state administrative agencies.
  • Handle a large caseload including many cases of substantial complexity.
  • Investigate each case and prepare the case for hearing/trial by interviewing potential witnesses, preparing subpoenas, compiling and analyzing contracts, financial records, statistical information, bargaining history and other documentary evidence.
  • Conduct arbitration hearings, trials and other hearings on behalf of the Guild and writers.
  • Conduct bargaining history and legal research related to cases and potential cases.
  • Write briefs and other legal documents containing analysis of facts, legal and arbitral precedent, legal principles and argument.
  • Negotiate settlement of disputes when possible.
  • Prepare legal documents for court and other tribunals.
  • Advise and assist other Guild departments regarding legal issues and assist executive staff as required by the Senior Director of Legal Services.
  • Prepare reports for appropriate persons and entities, such as Executive Director, Assistant Executive Directors, Enforcement Task Force, and Board of Directors as required by the Assistant Director of Legal Services and Associate General Counsel.
  • Graduation from law school with a J.D. degree.
  • Admission to California State Bar is required.
  • Between 2 – 6 years of related experience.
  • Excellent analytical, advocacy, and writing skills.
  • Experience in 2nd chair trial and/or binding arbitration is helpful.
  • NLRB and wage & hour law experience is a plus.
  • Must be computer literate.
  • Good math skills are also useful.
  • Exceptional writing skills including proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation abilities are required.

In addition to a competitive base salary of $130,000.00, WGAW also provides employees with unrivaled benefits, including an exceptional full benefits and retirement package. Benefit plan includes paid medical, dental, and vision premiums for the individual, with dependent coverage for only $50.00 per month. There are 12 paid vacation days (amount increases with tenure), 12 sick days, and 11 paid holidays per year. There is also a pension plan with vesting after 5 qualified years, a 401(k) with partial match, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and 12 weeks of paid parental leave. This is an opportunity, position, and mission that will inspire you daily!

WGAW has retained the services of Scion Executive Search, a national executive search firm specializing in mission-driven organization recruitment, to assist in conducting this important search. For immediate consideration please apply with your resume and cover letter, formatted in Microsoft Word, via:
Please address applications to:
Elizabeth Crimmins, Senior National Executive Search Principal
Scion Executive Search
(888) 487-8850
Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made.
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