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Corporate Counsel - Employment / HR Law


Zurich North America has an outstanding opportunity for a talented attorney to serve as Corporate Counsel in the Corporate, Transactions and ESG Team of our prestigious Corporate Law department located out of our headquarters in Schaumburg, IL. 


The Corporate Counsel will provide legal advice on a variety of HR-related business, legal, and regulatory issues and address corporate policy and compliance issues.  Specifically, the candidate will provide advice and counsel to internal business clients on issues spanning the entire employment life cycle, including recruitment, hiring, discipline, terminations, reductions in force, employment issues involving outsourcing, wage/hour, misclassification, investigations, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, drafting of various employment related/benefits contracts, non-competition/ non-solicitation matters, and drafting of employment separation agreements.


The Corporate Counsel will be asked to assist in handling a wide range of employment matters, responding to legal inquiries from business and human resources personnel at all levels, advise on employment policies and procedures, investigate discrimination claims, support outside counsel in litigation, and provide other legal services as needed, including legal research. 


This is a very fast-paced and hands-on position, requiring a high degree of self-motivation and ability to interface with various groups of business stakeholders and leaders. 


  • Must be able to work independently and have own areas of responsibility under general supervision

  • Must have solid analytical skills and ability to juggle multiple priorities

  • Must be business-oriented, flexible, and open-minded.

  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills


Basic Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor and 4 or more years of experience in the Legal area

  • Member of the Bar


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in employee benefits, including ERISA and COBRA, Title VII, ADA, FMLA, OFCCP, FLSA, NLRA, whistleblower regulations, , HIPAA, and state employment laws

  • Workforce restructuring experience

  • Excellent communication skills

  • PC literate with working knowledge of Microsoft Office software and Lexis or Westlaw

  • Insurance industry experience

  • Previous in-house experience

  • Strong organizational and analytical skills

  • Familiarity with Office 365 suite of applications

A future with Zurich

Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 148 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. Today, Zurich North America is a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. We serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology, and we insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, we strive to provide ongoing career development opportunities, and we foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please click here to learn more.


As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers’ expectations. Zurich does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. EOE disability/vet 


Zurich does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Zurich American Insurance. If you are a preferred vendor, please use our Recruiting Agency Portal for resume submission. 


Location(s): AM - Schaumburg

Remote Working: No

Schedule: Full Time


Linkedin Recruiter Tag: #LI-DR1 

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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