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Senior Paralegal

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10010455 Location Washington, DC, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Sep. 28, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

Senior Paralegal, Legal Affairs


  • Assist in the drafting, negotiation, and preparation of wide variety of production agreements (e.g., production services agreements, independent contractor agreements, talent agreements, amendments, termination agreements) and agreements related to marketing and communications department endeavors.
  • First line of legal review for basic production agreements (on-camera appearance releases, location releases, material licenses and equipment rental).
  • Correspond with internal and external stakeholders to progress multiple matters under tight deadlines.
  • May act as a point of contact for colleagues and any Disney entity or affiliate.
  • May be expected to contribute/participate in department-oriented initiatives beyond assigned duties.
  • Conduct copyright research in support of Disney’s Copyright Department and copyright ownership of NG Studios productions.
  • Respond to legal inquiries from internal clients; raise and escalate legal issues as necessary.
  • Prepare legal correspondence at direction of attorneys.
  • Cross train with other non-attorney staff in support of trademark maintenance and drafting agreements for Travel, Online and social media presence, and book and magazine publishing.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5+ years’ experience as a paralegal, legal assistant or legal analyst maintaining legal records in a company, law firm or government agency.
  • 2+ years of direct entertainment/media business, contracts, or production experience, at a law firm, network, studio, production company, or event management firm; experience with scripted and unscripted programming, a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Paralegal certificate required or other credential evidencing satisfactory completion of paralegal studies program.
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following substantive areas of law is a plus: events contracts; intellectual property; media and entertainment; marketing and communications; advertising or talent agency.

Preferred Qualification

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, which will enable the candidate to foster relationships with people at various levels (including attorneys, networks executives, content creators, producers, and in-house client divisions) in a fast-paced business environment.
  • Excellent attention to detail; must be skilled in reading, proofing and interpreting contracts.
  • Understand the material implications of agreements and demonstrate the ability to explain these implications.
  • Must be willing to take “ownership” of projects and think proactively.
  • Ability to identify and analyze complex issues and devise solutions and strategies with minimal supervision.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize numerous assignments with a service-oriented attitude coupled with a team approach.
  • Strong desire to learn the business and function integrally as part of an interdisciplinary team with an uncompromising focus on both minimizing legal risk while driving business growth and delivering a high level of customer service.
  • Positive demeanor, with a willingness to tackle matters outside of areas of expertise.
  • Self-starter with ability to multi-task, excellent work ethic and commitment to managing assignments with professionalism and integrity.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook; DocuSign, Adobe Acrobat skills, experience with SalesForce and contract management systems a plus.
  • Fluent in English.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • ABA-approved Paralegal Certification or equivalent experience

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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: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. 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 Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., which is part of a business we call The Walt Disney Company (Corporate).

Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. 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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