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Employment Counsel


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At Instacart, we invite the world to share love through food because we believe everyone should have access to the food they love and more time to enjoy it together. Where others see a simple need for grocery delivery, we see exciting complexity and endless opportunity to serve the varied needs of our community. We work to deliver an essential service that customers rely on to get their groceries and household goods, while also offering safe and flexible earnings opportunities to Instacart Personal Shoppers.

Instacart has become a lifeline for millions of people, and we're building the team to help push our shopping cart forward. If you're ready to do the best work of your life, come join our table.

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Instacart is a Flex First team

There's no one-size fits all approach to how we do our best work. Our employees have the flexibility to choose where they do their best work-whether it's from home, an office, or your favorite coffee shop-while staying connected and building community through regular in-person events. Learn more about our flexible approach to where we work.


About the Role

Instacart is seeking an experienced and self-motivated Employment Counsel to handle a wide variety of employment matters that are core to the company's business and growth. You'll work closely with teams like human resources, communications, product, and operations to provide expert legal advice and help tackle novel and thorny cross-disciplinary issues related to worker classification and traditional employment laws. You must have the ability to operate independently in a fast-paced environment, prioritize a dynamic and varied workload, and possess excellent judgment. You'll also need to be proactive and engaged, able to work well cross-functionally both internally and externally, excited about technology and e-commerce, and ready to roll up your sleeves and dig into tough problems!

About the Team

Instacart's Legal Team provides top notch service and counseling to various parts of Instacart's business. You will be joining a proactive and deeply engaged legal team that values collaboration and innovative problem-solving. We take a practical, efficient, solution-oriented approach to everything we do and aim to build strong and trusting relationships with our team, leadership, and cross-functional partners. We are looking for highly motivated teammates who are ready to dig in and hit the ground running.

About The Job

  • Handling and resolving a wide variety of litigation and pre-litigation employment matters in state and federal courts and administrative forums, especially matters involving worker classification
  • Managing outside counsel, including providing tactical guidance to ensure alignment with Instacart's broader legal strategies
  • Ability to manage high volume portfolio that could encompass a variety of employment matters, including: litigation; unemployment claims; administrative audits; agency charges; and workers' compensation claims
  • Partnering closely with Human Resources and business partners to evaluate legal risks and provide subject matter knowledge on a broad range of employment issues, including wage and hour, recruiting and hiring, training, employee performance management, leaves of absence, disability accommodations, and HR best practices
  • Drafting and revising a variety of employment-related agreements and other written content such as offer letters, contractor agreements, vendor agreements, and more
  • Helping to develop and implement scalable self-service tools and processes for the HR and Operations teams as the company grows
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams to structure contractor and employment law compliance across multiple jurisdictions
  • Thinking ahead, seeing around corners, and helping to prepare for and address contractor and employment issues that may arise in the future

About You

Minimum Qualifications

  • J.D. from a top-tier law school.
  • Active membership with at least one state bar (preferably California but not required).
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of related experience in employment litigation and counseling at a leading law firm
  • Deep experience with employment laws in multiple states (including California) across a wide range of issues
  • Proven track record of providing pragmatic and reasoned advice to HR and business partners
  • Excellent writing and communication skill
  • Ability to efficiently handle and organize multiple projects at a time in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to make quick but informed decisions and to advocate for a position that mitigates risk while advances the business' goals
  • Willingness to roll up your sleeves, get into the legal nitty gritty, and the ability to exercise sound judgment when approaching novel problems without clear answers

Preferred Qualifications

  • Related experience working at an in-house legal department (especially at a tech company or retailer, a plus)
  • Demonstrated experience with worker classification laws
  • Demonstrated success in strategizing, handling and managing complex disputes to successful resolution
  • Experience developing legal strategies and solutions in novel contexts


Instacart provides highly market-competitive compensation and benefits in each location where our employees work. This role is remote and the base pay range for a successful candidate is dependent on their permanent work location. Please review our Flex First remote work policy here.

Offers may vary based on many factors, such as candidate experience and skills required for the role. Additionally, this role is eligible for a new hire equity grant as well as annual refresh grants. Please read more about our benefits offerings here.

For US based candidates, the base pay ranges for a successful candidate are listed below.


$221,000-$245,000 USD


$212,000-$235,000 USD


$203,000-$225,000 USD

All other states

$183,000-$203,000 USD

Job ID: Instacart-5941480
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • HSA
    • Health Reimbursement Account
    • Fitness Subsidies
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA
    • Mental Health Benefits
    • Virtual Fitness Classes
  • Parental Benefits

    • Fertility Benefits
    • Adoption Assistance Program
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
    • Work-From-Home Stipend
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Company Outings
    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
    • Happy Hours
    • Snacks
    • Some Meals Provided
    • Holiday Events
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Leave of Absence
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Unlimited Paid Time Off
    • Volunteer Time Off
    • Sabbatical
  • Financial and Retirement

    • Relocation Assistance
    • Company Equity
    • 401(K)
    • 401(K) With Company Matching
  • Professional Development

    • Learning and Development Stipend
    • Promote From Within
    • Shadowing Opportunities
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Associate or Rotational Training Program
    • Mentor Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Woman founded/led
    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)

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