Assistant General Counsel - Labor, Employment & Benefits - Military Veterans

at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Livermore, California

Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!


Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States' security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.


We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory's mission.

Job Description

We have an opening for an Assistant General Counsel - Labor, Employment & Benefits. This attorney's primary areas of practice will include employment law counseling and litigation management, employee benefits and traditional labor law. We are looking for a bright, collegial attorney with a flexible mindset, sound judgment, and an enthusiasm for addressing unique legal issues in an intellectually stimulating environment. The successful candidate will be one who enjoys working in a collaborative office and building good working relationships with diverse internal groups. You will be ultimately responsible for a wide-ranging legal portfolio and will have the opportunity to learn the business of operating and managing a US Department of Energy laboratory with a national security mission. This role will sit in the Office of the General Counsel, which is part of the Director's Office.


This position will be filled at the level depending on the applicant's qualifications. Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is selected at the higher level.


In this role you will


  • Provide a broad range of legal services related to the operation of a national laboratory with a focus on employment law counseling and litigation management, employee benefits and traditional labor law.
  • Assume responsibility for a substantive employment, benefits and labor law portfolio that will be tailored to both internal need and an applicant's strengths and interests. Support the continued and critical operations of a premier research laboratory.
  • Serve as a trusted advisor by providing practical advice and developing alternative solutions and strategies in complex situations. Specifically, advise on sensitive matters of law, policy, sponsor engagement, and risk management, and assume a leadership role in working with management, peers, and other professional staff on multi-disciplinary teams in order to address diverse and multi-faceted legal and business matters that may significantly impact the Laboratory's operations, mission success, employees, and reputation.
  • Under guidance from the General Counsel, represent the Laboratory in complex legal matters to include providing legal advice to management in developing Laboratory policy, planning legal strategies for assigned matters, supervising outside law firms and solving problems with potential institutional significance.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Additional job responsibilities, at the D01.4 level


  • Give advice and recommendations to all levels of management on issues of moderate risk, address legal issues that are diverse and multi-faceted in scope implicating the interests of multiple stakeholders.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship
  • Juris doctor from an ABA accredited law school and either admission to practice in California or eligibility for a limited practice license as registered in-house counsel in California.
  • Five or more years of experience actively practicing law in a law firm; as government counsel in an agency of the federal, state or local government; as a military lawyer; or as in-house counsel for a company, an academic institution or a non-profit.
  • Experience providing practical legal advice in the context of a complex regulatory environment; expert-level knowledge of some combination of employment counseling and litigation management, benefits, and traditional labor law and demonstrated ability to master new areas of law quickly.
  • Ability to act as a team player in collaborating and building productive working relationships with other individuals and groups as defined by collegiality, contributing to the successful outcome of initiatives, information sharing, being fully accountable, and respecting others.
  • Have a record of acting with integrity and high ethical standards.
  • Ability to make and communicate difficult decisions, sometimes under time pressure and with incomplete information, and to influence and build consensus.
  • Have a track record of exercising sound, independent judgment in advising all levels of staff and management about legal and reputational risk and tradeoffs among possible courses of action. Experience maintaining confidentiality with regards to sensitive issues.


Additional qualifications at the D01.4 level


  • Experience advising all levels of management, and handling matters of the highest urgency and complexity, implicating the interests of multiple stakeholders


Qualifications We Desire


  • Experience working at or with a DOE national laboratory or other federally funded research and development center (FFRDC)
  • Experience practicing labor and employment law in California.
  • Prior interaction with and knowledge with some or all of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and/or the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
  • Experience with managing, litigation, and compliance risk in the context of a governmental entity or publicly traded corporation

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?
  • Included in 2022 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site .

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance. If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2 .

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form .

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here .

Livermore, California

Science and technology on a mission

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

Livermore’s defining responsibility is ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. Yet LLNL’s mission is broader than stockpile stewardship, as dangers ranging from nuclear proliferation and terrorism to energy shortages and climate change threaten national security and global stability. The Laboratory’s science and engineering are being applied to achieve breakthroughs for counterterrorism and nonproliferation, defense and intelligence, energy and environmental security.

Our Mission

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a mission of strengthening the United States’ security through development and application of world-class science and technology to:

  • Enhance the nation’s defense.
  • Reduce the global threat from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
  • And respond with vision, quality, integrity and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.
Our Vision
  • Lead the nation in stockpile science, innovation and sustainment.
  • Be the foremost national security laboratory, anticipating, innovating and delivering solutions for the nation’s most challenging security problems.
  • Be the premier destination for our nation’s very best scientists and engineers.
Our Values
  • Ideas. Livermore is the “new ideas” laboratory, and we continue to aspire to intellectual leadership, originality, and audacity. We support an environment that encourages open exchange and critique. Ideas also improve operations and lead to new, better ways of doing business.
  • Impact. Innovation happens when new ideas have impact—on our mission, on people’s lives. Ultimately, our success depends on applying frontier science and technology, through disciplined engineering, to deliver solutions for—have impact on—our mission.
  • Integrity. We serve the public interest and act to sustain the public trust through transparency, honesty, and objectivity. We act ethically in our research activities, our business practices, and our interactions with each other. We are dedicated to collective success, and committed to safety and security as an integral part of the mission.
  • Inclusiveness. The challenges of our mission demand that we draw on the widest possible diversity of talents, thought, and experiences. To capitalize on the range of individual and diverse talents needed for mission success, we form and work in teams, characterized by mutual respect and support.
  • Zeal. It’s good to love what you do. We value enthusiasm for and commitment to the Lab’s mission. We have a “fire in the belly” to excel, lead, and change the world. And as an institution, the Lab will aspire to be a place where people can find fulfillment and love their work.  Our Priorities
    • Deliver on our stockpile stewardship mission.
    • Enhance and expand our mission in the broad national security space.
    • Sustain and ensure that we are at the cutting edge in the science, engineering and technology capabilities our sponsors need.
    • Ensure excellence in execution: deliver results of the highest quality, on schedule and on budget.
    • Ensure excellence in operations: safety, security, environment and state of the art business practices and processes.
    • Improve our cost effectiveness.
    • Provide a first-class workplace environment to our employees.
    • Expand our contributions to the local and national economy through partnerships with academia and industry.

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