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Senior Counsel, Litigation



Multiple locations
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024

Job Description

About Rivian

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract.

As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations.


  • Manage all aspects of Rivian’s litigation matters, including fact investigation, case analysis, fact and expert discovery, motion practice, mediation and potential settlement, trial/arbitration and appeal. This role will oversee a broad range of commercial litigation matters.
  • Advise internal clients regarding potential and ongoing disputes and risk management.
  • Communicate with leadership and business stakeholders regarding litigation risks and status of pre-litigation disputes and ongoing litigation matters.
  • Evaluate, select and oversee outside counsel; negotiate standard and alternative fee arrangements.
  • Work with outside counsel to manage litigation matters to budget.
  • Conduct legal research on procedural and substantive topics.
  • Assist with subpoena responses and other third-party requests for information.
  • Assist with periodic financial, executive, Board and Legal team reporting on litigation matters.
  • Develop and present training sessions to internal clients.
  • Manage special projects, as assigned.


  • J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school.
  • An active membership in good standing in the State Bar of California or Michigan (or eligible to practice as Registered In House Counsel)
  • 6+ years of litigation experience, with a strong preference for both law firm and in-house experience and experience working on a variety of commercial litigation matters.
  • 3+ years experience working on IP litigation matters, including substantial patent litigation experience.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment; no sharp elbows.
  • Demonstrated experience as a solutions-oriented self-starter who provides practical advice in a manner that is understandable by non-lawyers.
  • Willingness to roll up your sleeves and work on any matter, no matter how big or small.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced and rapidly-changing environment.
  • Ability to work independently and with cross-functional clients.
  • Bonus, nice to have: experience working on supply chain litigation.
  • Bonus, nice to have: in house legal experience at an automotive OEM.
  • Bonus, nice to have: undergraduate or advanced degree in an engineering discipline.

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range for Palo Alto, CA based applicants: $186,000 - $232,000 annually (Actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location and other factors permitted by law).

Salary Range for Irvine, CA based applicants: $171,000 - $213,000 annually (Actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location and other factors permitted by law).

Benefits Summary: Rivian provides robust medical/Rx, dental and vision insurance packages for full-time employees, their spouse or domestic partner, and children up to age 26. Coverage is effective on the first day of employment, and Rivian covers most of the premiums.

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at candidateaccommodations@rivian.com.

Candidate Data Privacy

Rivian may collect, use and disclose your personal information or personal data (within the meaning of the applicable data protection laws) when you apply for employment and/or participate in our recruitment processes (“Candidate Personal Data”). This data includes contact, demographic, communications, educational, professional, employment, social media/website, network/device, recruiting system usage/interaction, security and preference information. Rivian may use your Candidate Personal Data for the purposes of (i) tracking interactions with our recruiting system; (ii) carrying out, analyzing and improving our application and recruitment process, including assessing you and your application and conducting employment, background and reference checks; (iii) establishing an employment relationship or entering into an employment contract with you; (iv) complying with our legal, regulatory and corporate governance obligations; (v) recordkeeping; (vi) ensuring network and information security and preventing fraud; and (vii) as otherwise required or permitted by applicable law.

Rivian may share your Candidate Personal Data with (i) internal personnel who have a need to know such information in order to perform their duties, including individuals on our People Team, Finance, Legal, and the team(s) with the position(s) for which you are applying; (ii) Rivian affiliates; and (iii) Rivian’s service providers, including providers of background checks, staffing services, and cloud services.

Rivian may transfer or store internationally your Candidate Personal Data, including to or in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union and in the cloud, and this data may be subject to the laws and accessible to the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities of such jurisdictions.

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