Chicago, Illinois

Job Title

Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment

Job Description Summary

Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment will be located in Chicago, IL and will provide practical L&E legal advice and strategic L&E litigation management across all of Cushman's global operations. The position, located in Chicago, will work closely with Cushman's HR partners to accomplish our global workforce objectives while minimizing risk across various personnel matters, including performance management; reductions in force; talent acquisition; union relations; leaves of absence and accommodations; EEO/affirmative action; employee benefits; compensation and rewards; and learning and development, among other areas. The position will be responsible for managing outside counsel on L&E litigation matters and providing L&E support on key business initiatives and HR projects. The position is expected to manage two direct reports.

Job Description


  • Support global HR in compliance with state, federal and international employment laws and workforce objectives, including with respect to performance management, reductions in force, talent acquisition, union relations, leaves of absence and accommodations, EEO/affirmative action, employee benefits, compensation and rewards, and learning and development
  • Review and update global employment policies and plans, including employee handbooks, bonus plans, compensation guidelines, summary plan descriptions and severance programs
  • Draft and negotiate employee/partner employment agreements, offer letters and separation agreements
  • Train and advise HR on recent developments in employment laws
  • Manage outside counsel on L&E litigation matters; develop and implement L&E litigation strategy
  • Performs other related duties as required or requested.


  • Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school and a member in good standing of a U.S. state bar.
  • 12+ years of labor and employment experience; at least 6 years of which obtained at a major law firm and at least 3 years of which obtained at a major corporation
  • Excellent business judgment with the ability to provide sound legal advice which reflects an understanding of Cushman's overall business objectives
  • Ability to effectively manage outside counsel
  • Exceptional organization and time management skills with the ability to prioritize, coordinate and satisfy numerous competing demands
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to professionalism and integrity
  • Self-motivated and ability to complete matters without supervision; must be able to work independently and be execution-oriented
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
Cushman & Wakefield provides equal employment opportunity. Discrimination of any type will not be tolerated. Cushman & Wakefield is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative​ Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without  regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.

Chicago, Illinois

Veterans at Cushman & Wakefield will find challenging and rewarding work directly related to their skills and talents. Just as importantly, they will find a camaraderie among the brothers and sisters, peers and leaders who support their distinct needs as well as a culture that honors and respects their contributions in the military and in our organization. Veterans hold positions throughout our organization, from our executive leadership to the front line. Our Veterans Initiative Program infuses leadership into our efforts to attract, engage and recognize our nation’s men and women who bear the honor of service in our Armed Forces.

We’re a world-class commercial real estate services company who puts our customers at the center of everything we do.  But to you, the veteran or transitioning service member, this means that we have amazing opportunities in project and property management, through facility engineering and skilled trades, to corporate services – and quite possibly everything in between.


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