Senior Corporate Counsel- Employment

Date: Jul 18, 2024

Location: LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 60045-5202

Company: Grainger Businesses


Work Location Type: Hybrid 


As a leading industrial distributor with operations primarily in North America, Japan and the United Kingdom, We Keep The World Working® by serving more than 4.5 million customers worldwide with products delivered through innovative technology and deep customer relationships. With 2023 sales of $16.5 billion, we’re dedicated to providing value for customers, fostering an engaging culture for team members and driving strong financial results.


Our welcoming workplace enables you to learn, grow and make a difference by keeping businesses running and their people safe. As a 2024 Glassdoor Best Place to Work and a Great Place to Work-Certified™ company, we’re looking for passionate people to join our team as we continue leading the industry over our next 100 years.



Position Details:

Senior Corporate Counsel, Employment (U.S.) serves as an employment law expert for Grainger’s Legal, Human Resources, and business teams. You will provide practical employment law advice in a dynamic environment and report to the Assistant General Counsel, Labor & Employment. The work location is hybrid in Lake Forest with 3 days per week required in the Lake Forest office.

You Will:

  • Be a subject matter expert in all areas of federal and state employment laws and provide proactive, strategic, and practical counseling and legal advice on a range of employment law issues such as hiring, performance management, disciplinary action, terminations, discrimination and harassment allegations, internal investigations, contingent worker issues, reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, employee benefits, incentive compensation programs, and general employee risk management.
  • Partner with Human Resources and manage responses to administrative charges, demand letters, and other potential disputes through negotiation or mediation. This includes reviewing and responding to regulatory claims, including EEOC and state/local FEPA actions, and managing outside counsel on these matters and other employment issues.
  • Provide advice to Human Resources, key functional partners, and business clients on employment law compliance issues (e.g., Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA) and help develop strategic plans and practices for employment-related matters, including but not limited to, policies, procedures, litigation and pre-litigation matters.
  • Establish positive relationships and work collaboratively with others to achieve desired objectives across Grainger’s multiple businesses, and be positioned to spot trends, opportunities for better practices, and provide insights and suggested solutions with key stakeholders.

You Have:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree and admitted to a state bar
  • 8+ years of experience post J.D. in employment law in a corporate role and/or law firm with an emphasis on prior experience counseling business clients/in-house counsel experience and managing/defending litigation and government agency charges.
  • Experience successfully building and maintaining strong working relationships with clients and other key stakeholders; ethical with a high degree of personal integrity; highly accountable; transparent.
  • Excellent communication skills, and ability to leverage resources and influence or lead teams and work streams without direct reporting authority.
  • Ability to function in a fast-paced environment and adjust to business needs while appropriately balancing legal risk to enable strategic decisions and outcomes.

Rewards and Benefits:

With benefits starting day one, our programs provide choice and flexibility to meet team members' individual needs. Check out the highlights below and review all our benefits at

  • Medical, dental, vision, life, and pet insurance plans and 6 free sessions each year with a licensed therapist to support your emotional wellbeing 

  • Paid time off (PTO) and 6 company holidays per year 

  • 6% company contribution to a 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan each pay period, no match required 

  • Employee discounts, tuition reimbursement, student loan refinancing and free access to financial counseling, education and tools 

  • Maternity support programs, nursing benefits, and up to 14 weeks paid leave for birth parents and up to 4 weeks paid leave for non-birth parents 


We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.


We are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment that includes both providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities during the application and hiring process as well as throughout the course of one’s employment.  With this in mind, should you need a reasonable accommodation during the application and selection process, please advise us so that we can provide appropriate assistance.