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Principal Counsel - Walt Disney Imagineering

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 524682BR Location Glendale, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Brand The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted 02/07/2018
At Disney, we‘re storytellers. We make the impossible, possible. We do this through utilizing and developing 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 to audiences around the world.

Walt Disney Imagineering (“WDI”) is the unique, creative force behind Walt Disney Parks and Resorts that dreams up, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, cruise ships, real estate developments, and regional entertainment venues worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from the dynamic global team of creative and technical professionals building on the Disney legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment through technical innovation and creativity. The name “Imagineering” combines imagination with engineering. Building upon the legacy of Walt Disney, Imagineers bring art and science together to turn fantasy into reality and dreams into magic. The WDI legal department has four (4) attorneys plus administrative support.


The Principal Counsel position in WDI’s Legal Department will assist the Deputy Chief Counsel and other WDI attorneys in fulfilling the legal affairs and requirements of the company. Areas of focus can include, but are not limited to, legal matters pertaining to the design and construction of theme parks; hotels; retail, dining and entertainment facilities; rides; shows and attractions both domestically and internationally. Responsibilities include:
  • Drafts contracts and other legal documents, recommends approval/modification of contracts proposed by outside parties, and leads or assists other attorneys in negotiation with outside parties. Leads or supports comparable tasks in other areas outside of core expertise/primary responsibility.
  • Possesses and maintains (including through Department-designated continuing legal education) substantive knowledge in specialized legal areas, specifically in subject areas relevant to WDI’s business, including: (1) design and construction of complex, highly-integrated projects; (2) domestic and international transactions for services, goods, etc.; and (3) intellectual property issues relating to the aforementioned, including copyright and patent.
  • Keeps internal clients and Department colleagues informed of relevant legal issues and implications on WDI’s business and proposed actions, and advises them accordingly of risks and legal consequences of alternative actions.
  • Reviews and edits significant letters, contracts, work orders and other documents from applicable client departments to ensure that potential legal implications are appropriately addressed.
  • May directly supervise, on a non-exclusive basis, one or more support staff colleagues.
  • If requested by the Deputy Chief Counsel, participates in relevant professional associations, seminars, and conferences.
  • Operates within the context of defined corporate strategies.
  • Recommends and, with appropriate approvals, implements enhancements and improvements to established processes and workflows.
  • Performs such other duties or functions as the Deputy Chief Counsel or an attorney reporting thereto may delegate to her or him.
  • Proficient and self-sufficient in all industry-standard software applications (Microsoft Office suite, etc.), strong attention to detail/organization, highly adaptable to dynamic work assignments and client needs.
  • Conceives and recommends strategies and initiatives to minimize legal risks.
  • Maintains current knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws and of industry legal standards and norms; analyzes how these might impact WDI.
  • Be available during off hours due to the international responsibilities of the position.

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of 8 years experience in the practice of construction law (including extensive drafting experience) in a transactional or litigation capacity in either a top tier law firm or in-house at a major developer or large construction firm, or a combination thereof.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working in a sophisticated in-house legal department in the theme park industry, including:
  • Experience with the administration of construction claims
  • Familiarity with industry-standard construction contract forms and delivery methods for construction projects
  • Experience representing or advising the owner/developer in complex construction projects involving multiple parties (e.g., architects, general contractors and specialist vendors)
  • Experience with complex design/fabrication transactions

Required Education

  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school
  • Registered in-house Counsel

Preferred Education

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in civil engineering, mechanical engineering or construction management
  • Member of California Bar

Company Overview

At Corporate, you’ll team with the best in the business to build one of the most innovative global businesses in any industry. Uniquely positioned at the center of an exciting, multi-faceted Company, the forward-thinkers at Disney Corporate constantly pursue new ideas and technologies to help the Company’s many businesses drive value, all the while gaining something valuable from the experience themselves. Come see the most interesting Company from the most interesting point of view.

Additional Information

This position is a legal entity of The Walt Disney Company, an equal opportunity employer.

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