Job Description

Company Description:

McDonald’s is proud to be one of the most recognized brands in the world, with restaurants in over 100 countries that serve 70 million customers daily. We continue to operate from a position of strength. Our updated growth strategy is focused on staying ahead of what our customers want and realizing further growth potential. Our relentless ambition is why McDonald’s remains one of the world’s leading corporations after almost 70 years. Joining McDonald's means thinking big and preparing for a career that can have influence around the world.

At McDonald’s, we see every day as a chance to create positive impact. We lead through our values centered on inclusivity, service, integrity, community and family. From support of Ronald McDonald House Charities to our Youth Opportunity project and sustainability initiatives, our values keep us dedicated to using our scale for good: good for our customers, people, industry and planet. We also offer a broad range of outstanding benefits including a sabbatical program, tuition assistance and flexible work arrangements.

We are enjoying the flexibility of a hybrid work model, in which employees spend part of their week connecting with co-workers in our state-of-the-art headquarters. Located in the booming West Loop of downtown Chicago, it's set up to be a global hub that cultivates collaboration:

  • Take a class at Hamburger University
  • Sample future items in our Test Kitchen
  • Utilize the latest technology to connect with your team around the globe

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to the diversity of our crew members, staff, operators, and suppliers. We promote an inclusive work environment that creates feel-good moments for everyone.

Job Description:

The Commercial Litigation team at McDonald’s is a multifaceted group of commercial litigators and legal professionals who serve as McDonald’s internal experts on litigation. The team handles a wide variety of commercial disputes, both in the US and across the globe. These include franchising disputes; consumer and employment class action cases; real estate disputes; IP claims; breach of contract, unfair business practices and other business tort litigation; and government investigations. The team’s primary objectives are to efficiently promote the Company’s interests in litigation and other disputes, to resolve disputes in areas where the Company may be able to avoid litigation, and to mitigate risk and potential damages in matters where the Company is unable to avoid litigation.

Attorneys on the Commercial Litigation team are expected to:

  • Handle a docket of diverse and high-profile commercial litigation matters;
  • Effectively engage in every aspect of the litigation process, including assessing risk, developing strategy, partnering with outside counsel, handling budgets, ensuring compliance with e-discovery requirements, preparing for trial, and devising appellate strategy;
  • Lead every aspect of litigation in which McDonald’s is a party, including corresponding with opposing counsel, drafting pleadings, preparing and responding to discovery, preparing witnesses for deposition and trial testimony, representing witnesses in depositions, and preparing for oral arguments;
  • Provide advice and counsel to Legal Department colleagues and business partners to reduce legal risk in business matters, avoid litigation, and protect the Brand;
  • Strategically respond to governmental investigations and Congressional inquiries on behalf of the Company; and
  • Provide advice and counsel in connection with the rollout of new policies, initiatives, equipment, products, and technologies.
  • You are licensed to practice law and in good standing with a state bar association.
  • You should have 6+ years of strong commercial litigation experience in a law firm or in-house litigation position, preferably including trial experience.
Additional Information:

McDonald’s is an equal opportunity employer committed to the diversity of our workforce. We promote an inclusive work environment that creates feel-good moments for everyone. McDonald’s provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities as part of the application or hiring process or to perform the essential functions of their job. If you need assistance accessing or reading this job posting or otherwise feel you need an accommodation during the application or hiring process, please contact Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

McDonald’s provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to sex, sex stereotyping, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, disability status, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, protected military or veteran status, citizenship status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Nothing in this job posting or description should be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment.

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