Company: Walmart, Inc.
Position: Intellectual Property Litigation – Lead Counsel
Location: Bentonville, AR
Manage the company’s intellectual property litigation in the United States, including a docket of patent, trade secret, copyright and trademark litigation cases; manage and strategize with in-house and outside counsel; strategize with other commercial litigation teams on complex issues; develop, strategize and manage potential affirmative intellectual property litigation.
Provide legal advice to the company by providing clients with an informed understanding of the client’s legal rights, obligations and risks to allow the client to make informed decisions; develop strategies to respond to the client’s legal issues; identify the need for and direct training; review legislative trends and significant legal decisions; represent company, along with outside counsel, in intellectual property litigation matters.
Manage risk to the company by engaging, directing and supervising outside counsel and consultants; collaborate with clients to develop mitigation strategies; direct, oversee and participate in negotiations; participate in the review of company policies, practices and procedures relating to intellectual property litigation and appeals; collaborate with officer-level clients on significant risks; seek authority and obtain informed consent to proceed with intellectual property litigation matters; develop strategy for insurance and indemnification for intellectual property matters.
Oversee budgets and participate in budgeting process for intellectual property litigation matters; identify risks and opportunities associated with meeting budgets based on current trends and financial performance; share plan and budget updates with senior management; review and update budgets for intellectual property litigation spend on outside counsel and other vendors; regularly review performance to plan, identifying gaps, updating forecasts and recommending actions to correct performance.
May require travel domestically to meet with counsel or attend court hearings, trials or oral arguments, potentially requiring extended overnight stays.
- At least eight years of intellectual property litigation experience, including trials.
- Experience with patent, trade secrets, trademark and copyright litigation and related issues.
- Willingness to be based either in or near Bentonville, Arkansas or San Bruno, California.
- License to practice law in at least one state.
- Law degree from an accredited law school and 6 years’ experience in law.
- 2 years’ experience leading cross-functional teams.