Litigation & Employment Counsel (R5319)


At Elastic, we see endless possibility in a world of endless data. And we use the power of search to help people and organizations turn that possibility into results. Elastic is the leading platform for search-powered solutions. With solutions in Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security, we help improve customer and employee search experiences, keep critical applications running smoothly, and protect against cyber threats. Elastic enables organizations worldwide to use the power of Elastic, including Netflix, Uber, BBC, Microsoft, and thousands of others.

Elastic was built on a foundation of being free and open, which trickles down to how we work. We’re a distributed organization and have been from the beginning. Being distributed isn’t just a way of doing business—it’s a mentality that is at the core of our culture.

Reporting to the Head of Litigation & Employment, we are hiring a Litigation & Employment Counsel to join our Legal Department in this fast growing, truly globally distributed company! This position is ideal for a self-sufficient and resourceful attorney located anywhere in the United States. This is a growth position in a fast-paced technology company covering SaaS, Licensing and Managed Packages.

What You Will Be Doing:

  • Handle all facets of pre-litigation and litigation matters across our Americas region (and other regional activities from time to time as needed), including disputes related to employment, commercial contracts, and intellectual property, with support from and in close partnership with the intellectual property team.
  • Enhance Elastic’s eDiscovery program, including maintaining discovery guidelines and processes, and working closely with the Legal Operations Team.
  • Provide advice and strategic support to the Elastic HR Team and business leaders across Elastic on a range of employment law issues including those relating to recruiting, hiring, performance management, mergers and acquisitions, re-organizations, compensation and benefits, leaves of absence, accommodations, diversity programs, contingent workforces, HR investigations, and other employment-related matters.
  • Draft and negotiate employment-related agreements, guidelines, contracts, and policies.
  • Partner with colleagues on the Litigation & Employment Team, our HR Team, and managers across Elastic to build efficient processes to maintain compliance with employment laws and regulations.
  • Coordinate and drive completion of employment-related projects, including internal process reviews, new policy roll-outs and implementation, and training programs.
  • Provide pragmatic day-to-day employment advice and counseling to members of the HR Team and other leaders in order to unblock business needs and appropriately balance achievement of business objectives against legal risk.
  • Track important developments in employment law in the relevant jurisdictions, flagging trends in their infancy.
  • Manage outside counsel strategy and spend on litigation and employment-related projects.

What You Bring Along:

  • Demonstrated ability to manage litigation and provide pragmatic employment-related counsel to clients, either in house or at a law firm (7+ years).
  • Experience conducting employment-related investigations.
  • Excellent judgment and the ability to balance legal risks with business strategy, including scaling quickly in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to flexibly prioritize and handle ambiguity.
  • Attention to detail and excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for cross-functional collaboration and teamwork.
  • Ability to participate in some travel as needed.

Additional Information - We Take Care of Our People

As a distributed company, diversity drives our identity. Whether you’re looking to launch a new career or grow an existing one, Elastic is the type of company where you can balance great work with great life. Your age is only a number. It doesn’t matter if you’re just out of college or your children are; we need you for what you can do.

We strive to have parity of benefits across regions and while regulations differ from place to place, we believe taking care of our people is the right thing to do.

  • Competitive pay based on the work you do here and not your previous salary
  • Health coverage for you and your family in many locations
  • Ability to craft your calendar with flexible locations and schedules for many roles
  • Generous number of vacation days each year
  • Double your charitable giving - We match donations 1:1 up to $1500 USD (or local currency equivalent)
  • Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love.
  • Embracing parenthood with minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave

The typical starting Total Cash Compensation range for new hires in this role is between $150,000 and $211,000, which consists of a Base Salary or a Base Salary plus a Target Commission, depending on the specific role. The Base Salary offered may vary depending on factors including skills and experience.

Additionally, this role is currently eligible to participate in Elastic’s equity plan as well as a range of health & wellbeing, retirement savings, and other benefits within a holistic total rewards offering.

Different people approach problems differently. We need that. Elastic is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.

We welcome individuals with disabilities and strive to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all individuals. To request an accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please email We will reply to your request within 24 business hours of submission.

Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws, view posters linked below:
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