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Senior Counsel - Employment

Location Johnston, Rhode Island Req. Number210317-1 Category Legal, Corporate Full/Part Time F Shift 1st Shift


The successful candidate will be a member of the Employment Law group. The group provides legal advice and guidance to Citizens Bank’s HR and business leaders related to all employment law related matters, directs internal employment investigations, conducts due diligence for M&A, etc. The group also handles employment related litigation before state and federal agencies and courts and various arbitration forums.

This position will report to the Managing Counsel, Employment who reports to the Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Employment. The incumbent will primarily provide employment law advice and counsel.

As needed the role may include employment law litigation and arbitrations; e.g., claims of harassment, discrimination, wage and hour matters, restrictive covenant and other contractual disputes, and workplace safety issues. With the assistance of a paralegal, the litigator will draft pleadings, draft and argue motions, promulgate and respond to written discovery, take and defend depositions, and represent the Bank before courts and arbitrators.

The successful incumbent will also represent the Bank before federal and state EEO agencies, including drafting position statements and handling fact findings, mediations and hearings. In addition, the incumbent will provide pragmatic and innovative counseling to reduce legal risk.


  • A minimum of seven years experience representing and advising clients in a law firm or in house

  • Experience counseling corporate clients on varying aspects of employment law matters

  • Experience in litigation, including conducting witness interviews, written discovery, taking and defending depositions, drafting and responding to written discovery, drafting and arguing motions

  • Experience in settling litigation matters in mediation, conciliation and one-on-one negotiations with opposing counsel and pro se plaintiffs

  • Highly responsive, with strong communication skills to deal with internal and external constituents, including senior business leaders; external counsel; regulatory officials; risk, compliance and audit counterparts at the organization; counterparts at other companies; and industry representatives

  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Strong time management, prioritizations and organizational skills.

  • JD from an accredited law school and bar admission in a state within Bank’s primary footprint or ability to waive in

Why Work for Us

At Citizens, you'll find a customer-centric culture built around helping our customers and giving back to our local communities. When you join our team, you are part of a supportive and collaborative workforce, with access to training and tools to accelerate your potential and maximize your career growth.

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of Citizens to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all colleagues and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, pregnancy/childbirth, colleague or a dependent’s reproductive health decision making, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability or perceived disability, genetic information, genetic characteristic, citizenship, veteran or military status, marital or domestic partner status, family status/parenthood, victim of domestic violence, or any other category protected by federal, state and/or local laws.

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