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Legal Counsel II

Primary Location Eagan, Minnesota Job ID 2021-12492 Apply


Partnering with business leaders, this position is responsible for supporting and advising on employment legal issues related to the company’s primary dental, animal health, and corporate business units. The objective of the role is to assist internal stakeholders in advancing business priorities while balancing and minimizing potential legal considerations and liabilities.


This position will focus on legal research, legal drafting, advice giving and some litigation management in multiple jurisdictions in assigned employment areas of responsibility. Independently leads and manages comprehensive and timely set of projects, responsibilities, or legal requests directly from internal stakeholders. Analyzes issues, proposes solutions, and engages senior legal advisors as appropriate.  Prepares reports, summaries, or guidance in assigned areas of responsibility.

Key Responsibilities

  • Draft, analyze, interpret and enforce a variety of employment-related contracts and agreements, including employment, separation, non-competition, no solicitation, confidentiality and consulting agreements and corresponding obilgations
  • Develop and maintain related forms and templates for multiple jurisdictions
  • Advise internal stakeholders related to obligations, enforceability and violations of employment agreement provisions as well as misappropriation of trade secrets. Explain impacted risks and practical solutions
  • Maintain files, spreadsheets and reports
  • Create and partner with stakeholders to implement processes and process improvements
  • Conduct extensive fact research
  • Oversee litigation, arbitrations, grievances, mediation and negotiations related to areas of responsibility
  • Manage outside counsel and related professional services


Strong interpersonal skills, ability to prioritize effectively and process a high volume of work in a timely fashion. Good drafting and analytical skills and an ability to advise a diverse range of clients.  Self starter with proven ability to make independent and sound decisions with great communication skills, reliable judgment on when to seek guidance or subject matter expertise and a strong ability to build rapport and deal effectively with disagreements.

Law Degree required from an accredited law school. Admitted to a state bar. Minimum 5-8 years legal experience, with in-house experience preferred.  Proficiency with Windows applications and electronic discovery required.

What's In It For You:

We provide competitive benefits, unique incentive programs and rewards for our eligible employees:

  • Full Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits and an integrated Wellness Program.
  • 401(k) Match Retirement Savings Plan.
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP).
  • Paid Time Off (PTO).
  • Holiday Pay & Floating Holidays.
  • Volunteer Time Off (VTO).
  • Educational Assistance Program (Tuition Reimbursement).
  • Full Paid Parental and Adoption Leave.
  • LifeWorks (Employee Assistance Program).
  • Patterson Perks Program.

Why Join Patterson?

Click here  to see what it’s like to be a part of our winning team! Patterson isn’t just a place to work, it’s a partner that cares about your success.

As a people-first company, Patterson promotes a culture that embodies and celebrates diversity and inclusivity. We believe our employees’ unique experiences and differences are what strengthen us and drive our success. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

We are Patterson. We welcome you.


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