Universal Creative is the planning and development division of Universal Parks and Resorts™, which is one of the many businesses within NBCUniversal™. We are ideally situated in Orlando, Florida, which has become widely known as the theme park and resort capital of the world. We are responsible for the design, development, and delivery of all resort and theme park concepts for all of Universal vacation destinations worldwide – Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan, Universal Studios Singapore, as well as a new destination coming in Beijing, China. Join us if you want to collaborate, innovate, develop, and deliver the most compelling entertainment experiences imaginable that drive growth for the Universal brand around the world.
What sets Universal Creative apart?
We rarely wear suits. We think pop culture is fascinating and newsworthy. We are aware that possibilities are not limited by today’s realities. We know that everyone has good ideas (and the occasional bad one as well). We know that the world is large and varied, and that we touch all of it. We know that most high school guidance counselors don’t know our jobs exist. We know that if this were easy, everyone would be doing it. We know that there is an eclectic assortment of talented people from various professional backgrounds at the heart of Universal Creative. In addition, we embrace the power of cultural diversity and inclusion and continuously strive to maintain a team that is a reflection of our global audience. We are a diverse group, but united by a common goal: to dream and deliver the best possible out-of-home entertainment for people from every walk of life. In order to make that happen, Universal Creative relies on collaboration, hard work, synchronicity, a bit of luck, and a bunch of talented, experienced people who do not let ego and turf stand in the way of brilliance. We depend on a team of people who understand the task, the business implications, and refuse to be defeated by the challenge to fuse fantasy with physics. Universal Creative embraces ‘The Universal Way’ by not just meeting guest expectations, but exceeding them, every time.
JOB SUMMARY: Under general direction of the Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Universal Creative, the Associate Attorney - Litigation is responsible for advising internal business clients, handling and resolving disputes, and - both independently and in collaboration with other in-house lawyers - managing, overseeing, and assisting with cases handled by outside counsel. The Associate Attorney - Litigation will work on a wide range of matters, including design and construction disputes, development-related commercial disputes, insurance matters, third-party subpoenas and other dispute resolution matters related to Universal Creative, the division of Universal Parks & Resorts responsible for the design and development of all Universal resorts, theme parks, attractions and hotels.
Independently and/or collaboratively with other in-house attorneys, resolve disputes with architects, engineers, ride and show vendors, contractors, and subcontractors that arise during and after the design, development, and construction of projects, and manage and work collaboratively with external counsel (as needed).
In connection with disputes and claims, identify, investigate, and analyze strength of factual and legal claims and defenses, contract interpretation issues, dispute avoidance, and dispute resolution options in order to formulate litigation and case resolution strategies for review and approval by UPR Legal senior management and to provide regular status updates on pending matters.
Draft and respond to demand letters, claims of lien, and other pre-litigation documents. Review and prepare or assist in the preparation of other legal papers, including pleadings, declarations, discovery demands, and third-party subpoenas, and assist, manage, and oversee external counsel handling court and other dispute resolution proceedings (including federal and state court appearances), arbitrations, mediations, and depositions. Participation in and attendance at such proceedings will be as directed and as appropriate for the matter and the current workload.
Advise business clients on best practices for project development, project management, risk management, dispute avoidance, and dispute resolution, provide legal advice on various project-related issues, and assist with negotiating, drafting and interpreting sophisticated commercial agreements and reviewing and editing associated technical specifications, including matters related to project development, procurement, construction, engineering and intellectual property rights.
Proven capability to lead and drive change in a corporate environment.
Strong written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills
Strong prioritization and time management skills
Must be a self-starter capable of working with various elements within a diverse organization to provide the highest level of service
The ability to work independently with minimal supervision is required.
Integrity, honesty and trust and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality are also imperative to this role
EDUCATION: Juris Doctor or LLM required from an accredited law school
At least 5 years’ litigation experience, preferably with top-tier law firm or corporate legal department.
Substantial experience with mechanics liens, construction and design transactions and disputes, suretyship, and insurance is required.
Board Certification in Construction Law (or similar level of experience) strongly preferred.
Engineering background is preferred.
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Member of State Bar (Florida or California preferred).
Sound business judgment, and flexibility/adaptability to manage multiple wide-ranging matters, conflicting deadlines, and new areas of expertise as business needs change.
Proven ability and commitment to work both independently and collaboratively with numerous people at all levels throughout the company.
Demonstrated ability, in a positive, commercial and practical manner, to identify, prioritize and resolve issues quickly and effectively.
Must be highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as Internet and web-based training tools.
Intermittent periods of frequent travel may be required to California, Northeast U.S., and international locations (including Asia).
Your talent, skills and experience will be rewarded with a competitive compensation package. Universal is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Universal Parks & Resorts via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from Universal Parks & Resorts HR/Recruitment will be deemed the sole property of Universal Parks & Resorts. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Universal Parks & Resorts as a result of the referral or through other means.
Universal Parks & Resorts is comprised of Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan, Universal Studios Singapore, as well as a new destination coming in Beijing, China. We are a universe of opportunities for people who have a lot to offer. It takes a special kind of person to work at all of our destinations. An individual who knows how to be part of a team. Someone with a sense of fun who’s serious about their work. A person who knows it doesn’t take magic to put a smile on a guest’s face… it takes hard work, dedication, knowledge and just the right amount of Universal attitude. Universal’s theme parks offer exactly the kind of vacation families crave – bringing together popular culture’s most compelling stories, characters and adventures to create some of the world’s most innovative and entertaining attraction experiences. These are immersive, next-level, adventures such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, outrageously fun attractions such as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and highly themed, authentic experiences based on cutting-edge television, such as Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. We embrace the power of cultural diversity a...nd inclusion and continuously strive to maintain a team that is a reflection of our global audience. Universal Parks & Resorts adheres to ‘The Universal Way’ by not just meeting guest expectations, but exceeding them, every time. Join us if you want to collaborate, innovate, develop, and deliver the most compelling entertainment experiences imaginable that drive growth for the Universal brand around the world. Universal Parks & Resorts provides world-class entertainment destinations with signature theme parks that create unparalleled entertainment.
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