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Litigation Attorney in Irvine, CA at Kia Motors America

Date Posted: 3/26/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Irvine, CA
  • Job Type:
    Legal
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    3/26/2018

Job Description

SUMMARY
Primarily responsible for providing Company with in-house legal advice and services relating to product liability, class actions, regulatory/governmental inquiries, and warranty law  (lemon law).  Also responsible for supervising litigation paralegal and legal support staff in providing in-house legal services on warranty laws (lemon law claims, lawsuits, subrogation matters) and related consumer affairs and service issues.  May also provide legal services on related legal matters involving consumer affairs, service, and other Company-related  legal  matters.  This role may also provide in-house legal services relating to class actions, product liability issues (early warning, product liability claims and lawsuits, subrogation claims and lawsuits) and regulatory/governmental compliance issues. This role is also responsible for coordinating with Legal department management and outside legal counsel to manage and resolve warranty-related litigation, proceedings and claims.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY
  • In coordination with Assistant General Counsel/Director, Legal Affairs and Director, Product Litigation and Regulatory Compliance, to help manage and provide legal advice and services relating to the following legal areas:  1) Company's Product Liability issues (including but not limited to early warning matters, product liability claims and lawsuits and subrogation matters); 2) Governmental/Regulatory compliance issues; and  3) Service/Consumer Affairs issues (including but not limited to quality assurance issues, warranty reimbursement issues, warranty claims audit and consumer claims/consumer goodwill.)
  • Provides Company with legal advice and legal services relating to warranty law (lemon law) and various related activities as assigned, including Owner’s Manual Reviews. 
  • In coordination with Managing Corporate Counsel, assist in the Legal Department’s   workload, including but not limited to providing in-house legal services relating to general litigation, corporate litigation, and Legal Department Assistance requests.
  • Work with Assistant General Counsel/Director, Legal Affairs and Director, Product Litigation and Regulatory Compliance, and General Counsel/VP Legal & HRA, Legal Department staff, and outside legal counsel to coordinate resolution of all pending Company-related corporate and general litigation.
  • Supervise and train paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries, and other support staff in lemon law or product liability litigation and related legal work.

JOB REQUIREMENTS 
Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S.
  • California State Bar Admission 

Overall Related Experience:
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in product liability or warranty litigation experience required.
  • Prior experience in automotive-related litigation other than lemon law (such as product liability) preferred.
  • Prior in-house attorney experience helpful.
  • Technical or engineering background and training helpful.                               

SKILLS
  • Requires prior demonstrated managerial, organizational and interpersonal communications (verbal and written) skills.             

PROBLEM SOLVING/DECISION MAKING
  • Whenever required, must make independent managerial decisions, taking into account Company’s maximum legal benefits and Company’s minimum legal exposures.
  • Must provide Company with reasoned and consistent legal advice to protect Company’s legal interests.

Kia Motors America offers an environment where we place a strong focus on our customer, embrace challenges and work collaboratively.  If you’re looking for this type of a dynamic company, then Kia Motors America should be in your consideration for employment opportunities. Based in one of the nation's most desirable communities in Southern California. Our outstanding benefits package includes 100% paid health insurance, 401(k) plan, plus much more. EOE M/F/D/V. For more information about Kia, please visit our website at www.kia.com/ or kiajobs.com.

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