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Counsel, Litigation Department

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10065058 Location Anaheim, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Feb. 16, 2024

Job Summary:

At Disney, we‘re storytellers. We make the impossible, possible. We do this through developing and utilizing cutting-edge technology and pushing the envelope to bring stories to life through our movies, products, interactive games, parks and resorts, and media networks. Now is your chance to join our talented team that delivers unparalleled creative content and experiences to audiences around the world.

Disney’s Corporate Legal department handles a wide range of matters and counseling worldwide.  We are seeking a Litigation Counsel with expertise in the areas of premises liability and general civil litigation to be an integral part of the team that supports the Disneyland Resort. This role will be located in Anaheim, California.


  • Represent the Company in litigated matters in state and federal courts. 

  • Supervise and manage all aspects of outside counsel relationships, including case strategy, motions and briefs, discovery, trial preparation, staffing, budgets and invoices, and compliance with outside counsel guidelines.

  • Lead document preservation efforts, collect facts and evidence, interview witnesses, draft and revise legal briefs and written discovery, develop and execute litigation strategy, negotiate and draft settlement agreements.

  • Supervise and manage paralegal staff in litigated and non-litigated matters, including responses to subpoenas and legal inquiries. 

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant federal, state, and local laws.

  • Collaborate with business and legal colleagues throughout the Company.

  • Provide legal advice and counsel to Disneyland Resort lines of business; coordinate with other areas of the legal department in counseling on contractual, competition, and risk management issues; and contribute to the negotiation and drafting of agreements.

  • Create and manage techniques to increase the quality and efficiency of legal services provided by outside counsel. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of four (4) years of general civil litigation experience in a law firm with significant concentration in premises liability matters; experience with California law required, Hawaii law is a plus.

  • Case management experience, including coordination of complex filings, motion practice, and E-discovery.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; superior drafting, analytical, and negotiating skills.

  • First-rate judgment; high ethical, moral, and personal values.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate effectively with outside counsel, co-workers, and clients.

  • Ability to identify, analyze, and mitigate legal risks; assess complex legal issues; and devise practical strategies and solutions.

  • Ability to address multiple priorities; have strong time management skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Judicial clerkship experience is a plus.

  • Experience in Public Accommodations/Disability law is a plus.

Required Education:

  • JD degree or equivalent from an accredited law school

  • Admission to the California State Bar in good standing, or willingness and qualification to be Registered In-House Counsel

Additional Information:

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The hiring range for this position in California is $140,000.00 - $181,000.00 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

About The Walt Disney Company (Corporate):

At Disney Corporate you can see how the businesses behind the Company’s powerful brands come together to create the most innovative, far-reaching and admired entertainment company in the world. As a member of a corporate team, you’ll work with world-class leaders driving the strategies that keep The Walt Disney Company at the leading edge of entertainment. See and be seen by other innovative thinkers as you enable the greatest storytellers in the world to create memories for millions of families around the globe.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with TWDC Enterprises 18 Corp., which is part of a business we call The Walt Disney Company (Corporate).

TWDC Enterprises 18 Corp. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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