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Chief Counsel - Disney Parks, Experiences and Products (DPEP)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10050920 Location Burbank, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted May 31, 2023

Job Summary:

The Chief Counsel - DPEP has overall responsibility for legal matters affecting the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products (DPEP) business segment of The Walt Disney Company, and reports directly to the Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of The Walt Disney Company.  The individual holding this position will supervise legal teams around the world who support the various lines of business within the segment, including theme parks and resorts, consumer products, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, and various Disney and National Geographic travel offerings.  The individual will also supervise legal matters relating to real estate assets and activities and physical antipiracy.  The Chief Counsel - DPEP is a member of the business segment’s Executive Committee and provides advice directly to the Chairman of the business segment as well as other senior executives of the segment.    


  • Quickly and accurately identify and evaluate legal risks in a complex global business environment and provide expert and strategic legal advice.

  • Anticipate issues and proactively develop business-oriented and brand-consistent proposals to mitigate legal risks encompassing a wide range of practice areas, including transactions of all kinds, sales and marketing, real estate, regulatory compliance, safety, public affairs, joint ventures, worker’s compensation, and others.

  • Protect the interests of The Walt Disney Company as a whole and effectively collaborate with legal and business leaders outside of the DPEP segment to achieve the best result.

  • Quickly make appropriate risk-based decisions and elevate to the General Counsel as necessary.

  • Attract, develop, direct, motivate and drive performance from the DPEP legal team.

  • Provide effective leadership and supervision for a large and diverse legal team located around the world to consistently maintain a high standard of excellence.

  • Create associations of trust and respect with key stakeholders, including senior executive business, legal leaders, and external parties (regulators, external counsel, partners).

  • Keep abreast of relevant legislative and regulatory changes.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 20 years of legal experience, preferably with at least 10 years of legal experience focused on the theme park or consumer products business.

  • Demonstrated business acumen and ability to creatively develop business-oriented solutions to complex legal problems.

  • Proven leader experienced in managing a large team.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to collaborate.

  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree or Equivalent international degree.

  • Active license to practice law in a US jurisdiction and capable of meeting admission requirements in California.

The hiring range for this position in California is $405,818 to $544,390 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, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. 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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