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The Walt Disney Company Deputy Chief Counsel, Head of Legal, Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California

The Disneyland Resort Legal Department is seeking qualified candidates for a Deputy Chief Counsel, Head of Legal, Disneyland Resort.


  • Develop strategic direction for the Disneyland Resort legal team, in coordination with legal leadership and demonstrate knowledge of the business and legal issues affecting the Disneyland Resort.

  • Is the primary legal interface with the business unit leadership and is a member of, and actively advises, the business unit steering committee.

  • Provide legal and business advice to the business unit leaders – is a thought partner who is solution oriented and demonstrates sound legal and business judgement.

  • Directly provide legal services to the Disneyland Resort on a wide variety of transactional matters.

  • Demonstrate sound judgement regarding when and how to consult with others, including when to elevate issues to senior legal and business leadership.

  • Supervise the legal work performed by 1 Assistant Chief Counsel, 1 Principal Counsel, 2 Associate Principal Counsels and 2 paralegals.

  • Supervise the Resort Risk Management teams (Guest Claims and Worker’s Compensation).

  • Supervise the Environmental Compliance team.

  • Mentor and develop team members.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 15 years of commercial transactional experience

  • Subject matter expert relating to a wide variety of commercial law practice areas

  • Demonstrated business acumen and ability to creatively develop business-oriented solutions to complex legal problems in a fast paced, customer facing environment

  • Excellent negotiation, contract drafting and written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate risk, to advise various business units of the risks and to exercise sound legal judgment

  • Proven leadership experience managing teams of attorneys and paralegals

  • Proven client relationship skills

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex concepts and issues effectively with all levels of management

  • Demonstrated ability to manage outside counsel and financial budgets

  • Demonstrated capacity to stay abreast of relevant, emerging trends in the law

  • Understanding of the theme park, resort and entertainment industry is a plus

Required Education:

  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school

  • Admission to the State Bar of California or willingness and qualification to be Registered In-House Counsel in the State of California

Additional Information:


The hiring range for this position in California is $277,300 to $371,900 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

Job ID: 10069980

Location: Anaheim,California

Job Posting Company: The Walt Disney Company (Corporate)

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