University Counsel (Senior Counsel), General and Healthcare Litigation
Who We Are:
The University of Southern California is an internationally recognized private research institution, known for its innovation and professional/social impact, and unprecedented in the scope of its graduate and undergraduate programs.Â Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, USC is the largest private employer in the City.Â Since 2009, the University has operated an academic health system known as Keck Medicine of USC.Â This includes 3 university-owned hospitals and numerous outpatient and satellite clinics.Â As an employee of USC, you will be part of a world-class research university and a member of the Trojan Family, comprised of faculty, students, and staff.
The University of Southern Californiaâs Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is seeking a full time Senior Counsel to serve as a critical member of the OGCâs healthcare litigation team. Comprised of 15 attorneys, including the General Counsel, each with different areas of expertise, the Office provides legal services to USC, its subsidiaries, and certain affiliates.Â The mission of the Office of the General Counsel is to assist USC, through its various schools and departments, with legal issues and transactions, to educate administrators and faculty with regard to the laws applicable to the universityâs operations, to defend the university against litigation, and to provide advice to administration and faculty to pursue their objectives and goals, with an overall objective of protecting USC from liability. The Office of the General Counsel is responsible for addressing all the legal issues arising out of the activities of USC, its various schools and departments, and Keck Medicine of USC.
In this Senior Counsel role, you will:
Manage, with support from outside counsel, high-profile, single plaintiff and multi-plaintiff litigation matters.
Collaborate with various stakeholders, provide legal advice, assist in creating overall litigation strategy, and manage a variety of healthcare litigation including mass torts, medical and dental malpractice, personal injury, and employment matters.Â The position will also manage pre- and post-litigation compliance and health care issues.Â Actively supervise outside counsel.
Proactively advise senior leadership on how to accomplish business objectives without undue risk.Â Keep leadership and stakeholders apprised of developments.
Assist in management of risk incidents and oversight.
Act as a trusted advisor and establish rapport and working relationships with employees at all levels.Â Encourage the use of in-house legal counsel as a preventative measure.
Collaborate with senior leadership to review and develop university policies.
We are looking to add an accomplished Senior Counsel with the following background:
Minimum education: JD degree and active member of the California bar
Minimum professional experience:Â 7 years; 8+ years highly preferred
Strong preference for mass tort, class action, medical malpractice, multi-district litigation, and general healthcare litigation experience in a firm and/or in-house setting; experience working with insurance carriers is a plus
Minimum Education: J.D.Minimum Experience: 7 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: J.D. and member of California Bar. General business law with extensive litigation experience
USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering has been one of the economic engines in Southern California and a vital hub in the California economy. The technical innovations and ideas generated by the Viterbi faculty and research community have resulted in countless innovations, many becoming the foundations for new companies, products and services. The thousands of students graduating each year bring new ideas and vitality to companies in California and beyond. With an annual research budget exceeding $205M each year, more than 46 research centers and institutes, more than 180 faculty members, 7,800 students and over 60,000 impassioned alumni world-wide, the Viterbi School is addressing some of the world’s great challenges.