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Deputy Chief Counsel, Head of Legal, Disneyland Resort

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10069980 Location Anaheim, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Nov. 17, 2023

Job Summary:

The Disneyland Resort Legal Department is seeking qualified candidates for a Deputy Chief Counsel, Head of Legal, Disneyland Resort.


  • Develop strategic direction for the Disneyland Resort legal team, in coordination with legal leadership and demonstrate knowledge of the business and legal issues affecting the Disneyland Resort. 

  • Is the primary legal interface with the business unit leadership and is a member of, and actively advises, the business unit steering committee. 

  • Provide legal and business advice to the business unit leaders – is a thought partner who is solution oriented and demonstrates sound legal and business judgement. 

  • Directly provide legal services to the Disneyland Resort on a wide variety of transactional matters.

  • Demonstrate sound judgement regarding when and how to consult with others, including when to elevate issues to senior legal and business leadership. 

  • Supervise the legal work performed by 1 Assistant Chief Counsel, 1 Principal Counsel, 2 Associate Principal Counsels and 2 paralegals.

  • Supervise the Resort Risk Management teams (Guest Claims and Worker’s Compensation).

  • Supervise the Environmental Compliance team.

  • Mentor and develop team members. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 15 years of commercial transactional experience

  • Subject matter expert relating to a wide variety of commercial law practice areas

  • Demonstrated business acumen and ability to creatively develop business-oriented solutions to complex legal problems in a fast paced, customer facing environment

  • Excellent negotiation, contract drafting and written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate risk, to advise various business units of the risks and to exercise sound legal judgment

  • Proven leadership experience managing teams of attorneys and paralegals

  • Proven client relationship skills

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex concepts and issues effectively with all levels of management

  • Demonstrated ability to manage outside counsel and financial budgets

  • Demonstrated capacity to stay abreast of relevant, emerging trends in the law

  • Understanding of the theme park, resort and entertainment industry is a plus

Required Education:

  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school

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

Additional Information:


The hiring range for this position in California is $277,300 to $371,900 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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