Associate Corporate Attorney

At Panda, we all share a common mission: "Deliver exceptional Asian dining experiences by building an organization where people are inspired to better their lives." We invest in our people because great people run great operations that will exceed our guests' expectations. Talk to any of our associates and you will experience a culture dedicated to its mission and our five fundamental values- Proactive, Respect/Win-Win, Growth, Great Operations, and Giving.

Panda Restaurant Group includes the original Panda Inn fine dining restaurants, Panda Express, our Gourmet Chinese food concept served in a fast casual environment, and Hibachi San, our Japanese grill concept. The family owned and operated company is still run by founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng.

Panda offers competitive benefits and rewarding opportunities, from entry-level positions to management. We have restaurant positions available nationwide and support center positions in Rosemead, CA. Come join the nation's largest and fastest growing Asian restaurant company.

The Associate Corporate Counsel is responsible for supporting the Executive Director, Corporate Legal and other members of the Corporate Legal team with a variety of legal work, including commercial contracts, corporate compliance, litigation, and transactions. This position prepares responses to litigation requests using legal software, and drafts, negotiates, and reviews various contracts. The Associate Corporate Counsel also supports other departments on legal issues.

Essential functions:

The essential functions in this job description are not all-inclusive of this job's duties and responsibilities. Reliable and dependable attendance is required.

  • Reviews, drafts, and negotiates a broad range of legal work, including commercial contracts, corporate compliance, litigation, and transactions, for review by a more senior attorney.
  • Prepares responses to litigation requests using legal software. Provides broad support to all litigation (discovery, legal research, etc.). Manages and works on litigation support efforts related to discovery, document review, production requests, and case management.
  • Reviews, negotiates and prepares contracts (commercial, supply, non-disclosure, etc.) for review by more senior attorney.
  • Monitors the contract process to ensure contracts are in compliance with legal, regulatory, and organization policy and assesses their commercial risk.
  • Assists in corporate transactions, such as international franchise arrangements and joint ventures. Drafts and coordinates policy and procedure review and compliance projects.
  • Supports other departments on legal issues. Educates associates about emerging and developing areas of the law and legislation affecting the restaurant industry.
  • Researches and advises on potential legal challenges and solutions involving business strategies.
  • May serve as liaison between the organization and customers/vendors, including outside counsel.
  • JD degree and licensed to practice law
  • Zero - three years of relevant experience
  • Successful completion of annual store training.

Panda Restaurant Group's culture is strongly guided by our Mission and Values, highlighted on the Panda websites. We recommend all interested candidates become familiar with our Mission and Values, as well as the principles of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey.

Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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