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Litigation Counsel

Date: Feb 4, 2019

Location: Broomfield, CO, US

Company: Vail Resorts

Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts. You're someone who pushes boundaries and challenges the status quo. You're brave, ambitious and passionate in everything you do. And we want you on our team. Pursue your fullest potential and never settle in the quest to deliver extraordinary guest service. Join one of the world's most innovative companies and re-imagine a mountain resort experience with us. Welcome to Vail Resorts. Reach Your Peak.

Welcome to Vail Resorts. Reach Your Peak.


At Vail Resorts, we’re looking for 4-6 year litigators who want to continue honing their skills, but in an in-house setting.   We’re looking for someone to handle all aspects of a case from initial investigation, pleadings, written discovery, depositions, motion practice, and, yes, even trial work.   In the last several years, we have handled nearly a dozen trials and arbitrations, in which our in-house litigators played a significant role. 

Vail Resorts has a full service legal department that handles all aspects of the varied and complex legal issues faced by a publicly traded company. The legal department is made up of numerous specialized teams, including a Litigation Team that handles and oversees litigation and claims ranging from guest liability matters associated with year-round recreational activities to a broad range of commercial disputes, as well as regulatory and governmental matters.

As part of the Vail Resorts Litigation Team, Litigation Counsel will be primarily responsible for handling claims and lawsuits involving all companies in the Vail Resorts organization. While we do work with many outside lawyers in the multitude of domestic and international jurisdictions in which we do business, we feel strongly that the both our company and our individual lawyers benefit from our litigation team developing and maintaining the skills necessary to be effective litigators as well as strong business advocates.  Accordingly, your role will include a mixture of overseeing outside counsel and being lead counsel yourself on numerous matters that are handled internally:

  • Handle guest liability / personal injury and commercial matters, which includes investigating claims; interviewing witnesses; drafting answers; drafting briefs/motions; drafting/responding to discovery; taking/defending depositions; conducting hearings and trial; handling settlement conferences and mediations; and handling appeals;
  • Manage outside counsel handling all types of litigation, including development and management of budgets and alternative fee arrangements; provision of guidance on strategy and tactics of defense; and direct involvement in cases, as advisable;
  • Become deeply involved and engaged with the business, supporting the Litigation Team, and business leaders on litigation issues;
  • Proactively consider lessons learned for each matter and monitor trends in claims and litigation both inside and outside of the Company and advise and communicate regarding same within the Legal Department and with the business unit leaders;
  • Provide advice and counsel with respect to Company activities, processes, and documentation, as requested;
  • Conduct other litigation related tasks including effectively managing electronic discovery and legal holds, responding to subpoenas, and defending depositions of employees in third-party cases.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Hands-on experience handling the initial aspects of litigation, including the initial investigation, legal research, pleadings, motions practice, and some discovery. 
  • Law degree from top-tier accredited law school and bar admission in good standing, with no disciplinary record
  • 4-6 years litigation experience, including experience with written discovery, depositions, motions, and hearings
  • Strong presence and interpersonal skills, with the ability to quickly gain the confidence of clients and employees at all levels of the company
  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively and tactfully, in person, in writing, and by telephone, at all levels of the organization


Preferred Skills

  • Ability to ski or ride
  • Deposition experience
  • Experience supervising paralegals, outside vendors, and other attorneys
  • Experience managing outside counsel and budgets
  • Successful track record in written and oral advocacy, including in dispositive motions
  • Experience resolving disputes through ADR, including mediation and arbitration
  • First or second-chair trial experience

We offer a variety of career opportunities at our world-class resorts and corporate headquarters near Boulder, Colorado in fields like Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Public Affairs & Sustainability, Marketing, Sales & Communications and more. Our corporate team shares both a passion for the outdoors and a drive to re-imagine the mountain resort experience around the world. Learn more at
Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.


Requisition ID 164651

Nearest Major Market: Denver