Golden State Foods

Corporate Counsel

Location US-CA-Irvine
Job ID


GSF seeks an experienced employment attorney with the personality and ownership attitude to serve our business. Prior employment and labor law experience is necessary; however, GSF places a very high value on intelligence, drive and willingness to learn and grow, making this an excellent opportunity for the up-and-comer who is willing to work hard to become an indispensable member of our team.

As Corporate Employment Counsel, you will join our outstanding legal/risk/corporate social responsibility team and serve as a front-line resource for our business on aspects of employment law.

This role will report to the Chief Legal Officer.


Salary is competitive and range starts at 125K plus bonus and other benefits.


  • Serve as the front line of defense in all pre-litigation employment matters, including demand letter response and communication with opposing counsel
  • Manage employment litigation and strategize with outside counsel in relation to same
  • Prepare and conduct employment law training programs for human resources and leadership teams
  • Advise HR department and operations team in a broad range of employment matters, including recruiting, hiring, benefits, compensation, employee relations, discipline, terminations, harassment, discrimination, disability, wage and hour compliance, and strategies for managing risk around employment matters
  • Perform all aspects of federal and state administrative agency (e.g., DFEH, EEOC, DOL, etc.) dispute process from start to finish, including investigation, drafting position statements, and attending mediations
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and professionally with all levels of management regarding complex employment legal issues
  • Work in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple priorities
  • Other duties as assigned to include areas outside employment law
  • Travel as needed, currently estimated as 20% or less


Professional Qualifications:

  • Law degree with a license to practice
  • A minimum of three years of employment law experience required  (law firm setting preferred)
  • Experience in managing and responding to employment claims, including but not limited to allegations filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (and state equivalents), Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program, and other similar agencies
  • Expert knowledge of US labor and employment laws and legal issues, including but not limited to Title VII, ADA, ADEA, NLRA, FMLA, and FLSA compliance
  • Proficient in writing and training

Personal Characteristics:

  • A servant-leader who thrives on a high-energy and high-accountability environment
  • A multi-tasker, who exhibits a high degree of initiative and the ability to cut through complex problems to craft creative, pragmatic, business-friendly, effective, risk-balanced and compliant solutions
  • A disciplined and self-motivated professional with solid work habits, a driving commitment to timeliness, a strong sense of pride in a job well-done, and an interest in expanding scope of expertise beyond employment law
  • An all-around team player who views no task as too large or too small, and who is passionate about the organization, its creed and values and the people it serves
  • A natural leader, who displays good judgment, inspires confidence and handles confidential matters with absolute discretion
  • A positive and energetic person with a great sense of humor and a strong desire to help others perform and grow


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