Senior Counsel - Litigation & Employment

Neiman Marcus
Irving, Texas, United States
29 Aug 2022
01 Oct 2022

Neiman Marcus Group (NMG) has been the premier destination for luxury fashion and goods, superior service, and an elevated retail experience for more than a century. Today, 9,000 associates contribute to the success of NMG's brands: Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call, and Horchow. There are 38 full-line Neiman Marcus stores in cosmopolitan markets across the United States and a sophisticated digital platform that attracts shoppers worldwide. Bergdorf Goodman operates two stores in landmark locations on Fifth Avenue in New York City and, catering to loyal luxury customers globally. NMG also owns five Last Call stores and, an e-commerce site that offers premium furniture and home decor.

As an organization, NMG is on a transformational journey to become the preeminent luxury customer platform. NMG continues to deliver the best integrated customer experience and has evolved the business to succeed in the ever-changing retail landscape. NMG is a relationship business. What differentiates the organization from other luxury retailers are its unique assets: a strong store footprint, the most knowledgeable associates, an engaging online experience, solid brand partnerships, innovative digital and in-store experiences, the most loyal luxury customer base, and a strong balance sheet.

Our customers will always be at the center of everything NMG does. The company continues to reinvest in new technologies that enhance the customer experience. NMG meets customers where they are. NMG's goal is to offer customers a seamless experience across its stores, online, and remote digital selling.

NMG's priority is to develop a highly engaged and high-performing team where everyone belongs. The business attracts and retains best-in-class talent through unique offerings provided to associates in addition to standard employer benefits. These include an innovative way of working, associate discounts on merchandise, tuition reimbursement, associate hardship fund, and paid time off to volunteer, to name a few.

As part of NMG's Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) work, the organization is focused on driving its core value of being "All Heart." NMG is also assessing its current environmental and social impact while developing a three-year plan to lead the luxury industry in its commitment and transparency to environmental and social sustainability. NMG strives to become an employer of choice, driven by a culture of Belonging. A dedicated team focuses on this journey, directly impacting how NMG conducts business throughout the workforce, workplace, and marketplace dimensions.

NMG has incredibly passionate and committed corporate and store associates. NMG offers associates an environment where everyone feels welcomed, nurtured, and empowered. Our associates are the heart of NMG. As an organization, NMG leads with love - love for customers, love for associates, and love for brand partners.

About this Role

In this function, you will enable business leaders to achieve business results through strategic counsel, problem solving, and risk mitigation. You will need to be a strong business partner and have an in-depth understanding of the business. You'll need to understand NMG's big picture strategy when working with cross-functional teams and external partners to drive business solutions and in accordance with the law. Your passion for learning our business and building relationships with senior leaders and key business partners will be essential to tackling the ever-changing legal challenges we face in a dynamic and fast-paced retail landscape.

As a member of the leadership team of the Legal Department at NMG reporting to the Vice President, Assistant General Counsel - General Litigation & Employment, you will be responsible for providing strategic legal advice and technical expertise to People Services, management, and other cross-functional stakeholders on a broad range of complex employment matters and employment law trends.


  • Proactively identify and assess potential legal and/or reputational risk in support of business partners and recommend practical, creative solutions that balance legal risk with business impact.
  • Provide subject matter advice and guidance on a variety of employment law matters, such as the development and implementation of employee policies and trainings (including sexual harassment training), organizational restructures, leaves of absence and accommodations, and other HR practices.
  • Monitor legislation, regulations, case law and government enforcement activities relating to the above substantive legal areas, and provide proactive, strategic advice to relevant business partners.
  • Support and collaborate with cross-functional business partners on complex legal matters and special projects to drive and sustain employment law compliance and further the long-term interests of NMG.
  • Support collective bargaining and labor contract drafting, administration, and interpretation.
  • Advise on employee benefits matters, including incentive plans, welfare plans, retirement plans, benefits documentation, and claims.


  • Ability to effectively influence business leaders and resolve differences of opinion amongst stakeholders, while navigating relationships and decision rights
  • Ability to effectively negotiate with other professionals - strong personal skills
  • Ability to take ownership of projects and solutions, and drive to successful and timely completion
  • Open-minded; comfortable with ambiguity; ability to extrapolate potential solutions from prior experiences
  • Ability to prioritize and juggle multiple competing tasks
  • Adept at and comfortable making complex risk reward assessments
  • Able to create, explain and execute pragmatic/creative legal and business solutions
  • Self-motivated team player with the ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • Experience and judgment necessary to operate with significant autonomy in advising leaders at all levels from first-line managers to senior executives
  • Experience advising retail businesses
  • Demonstrated commitment to integrity, respect, and ethical conduct


  • Juris Doctor or LLM from an accredited law school
  • A minimum of 7 years of employment law and related litigation experience, preferably including an in-house corporate legal environment or large corporate environment
  • Licensed to practice law in at least one U.S. state or other applicable jurisdiction
  • In house retail experience preferred

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