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Warby Parker is looking for a Principal Counsel to join our close-knit Legal team, report to our Head of Legal, & own a variety of legal matters. In this role, youll advise the People team on a broad range of employment law & compliance issues that may arise across Warby Parkers offices & stores. Youll also assist the Head of Legal in managing litigation, enhancing our compliance program, advising business clients on regulatory matters, driving regulatory strategy, drafting & negotiating commercial contracts, & researching applicable laws & regulations. While our ideal candidate is able to serve as an in-house generalist, a strong background in labor & employment will set you up for success in this role. Well also count on you to work on dozens of assignments simultaneously & provide practical, clear, & concise advice to each department at Warby Parker. Think youve got the goods? Read on!

 What youll do:

  • Provide day-to-day counseling & advice to the People team across a variety of areas, such as employee relations, dispute resolution, leaves of absence & accommodations, wage & hour issues, internal investigations, & compensation & benefits
  • Partner with the People & Retail teams on store openings and, if needed, closings & reductions in force
  • Track legal & regulatory developments & provide proactive counsel to business partners
  • Assist the Head of Legal in managing litigation, investigations, & other matters
  • Assist the Legal team in enhancing Warby Parkers compliance program, including policy & training documents in the areas of healthcare compliance & commercial transactions, data privacy, HIPAA, FDA compliance, & records retention
  • Counsel colleagues on a host of legal questions about contract interpretation, regulatory compliance, tariffs & trade, & more
  • Review, draft, & negotiate a wide variety of contracts (e.g., technology vendors, marketing vendors, supply chain agreements)
  • Partner with the Head of Legal in government affairs
  • Improve internal forms

 Who you are:

  • An attorney with a JD, admission to a state bar, & at least 5 years of relevant in-house or top-firm experience, preferably with a labor & employment group, practice, or focus
  • Equipped with extensive knowledge of labor & employment law
  • Experienced with litigating employment matters before state & federal agencies/court systems
  • Experienced in compliance matters, particularly in the context of overlapping state & federal regulations
  • Able to draft & negotiate complex commercial agreements
  • Confident in handling tasks & answering questions that youve never faced
  • Capable of assessing both legal & business risks
  • A skillful drafter & issue-spotter
  • A clear communicator whos extremely organized & detail-oriented
  • Not on the Office of Inspector Generals List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE)

 Extra credit:

  • Experience representing retail and/or emerging-growth companies
  • Experience in developing compliance policies & programs
  • An interest in lobbying & industry & government affairs

Some benefits of working at Warby Parker for full-time employees:

  • Health, vision, & dental insurance
  • Life & AD&D Insurance
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Paid Holidays
  • Retirement savings plan with a company match
  • Parental leave (non-birthing parents included)
  • Short-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Bereavement Support
  • Optical Education Reimbursement
  • Free eyewear
  • And more (just ask!)

Warby Parker requires all newly hired in-person or hybrid employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date. Warby Parker is an equal opportunity employer & will provide reasonable accommodation, as necessary with federal, state, or local law, to those individuals who are unable to be vaccinated.

Warby Parker, in good faith, believes that the posted salary range is accurate for this role in New York City at the time of posting. Warby Parker may pay more or less than the posted range based on factors such as relevant experience & skills, qualifications & location, among others. This range may be modified in the future. In addition to base salary, this role is also eligible to receive an equity bonus as part of the total compensation package. Details & eligibility will be discussed during the application process.
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