Litigation Attorney - The New York Times

Full Time
1 year ago

About the Role

The New York Times Company is looking for an attorney in its legal department, to be lead litigation counsel on commercial matters with support from our in-house team and to play a key role in corporate compliance. The attorney will also assist our in-house litigation team on libel, copyright, and related matters. Because the department handles much of its litigation in-house, the position requires someone with the ability to do hands-on litigation work. The position also requires outstanding research and writing skills.

The legal department of The New York Times works throughout the entire organization and partners closely with teams on the widest range of legal and compliance matters. This newly created position represents the opportunity to join a mission-critical legal team of approximately 18 attorneys and 10 legal staff members, and will report directly to the Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.

With nearly 1,500 newsroom employees and journalists reporting from more than 150 countries every year, The New York Times remains the gold standard of quality journalism. We're built around a mission of helping readers understand a fast-changing world and providing the original reporting that provides the bedrock of a healthy, informed, engaged society. Our unwavering commitment to our profession's highest ideals and our leadership in creating new ways to tell digital stories has made The Times the most read, most awarded and most innovative news organization in the United States.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as lead litigation counsel on commercial matters.

  • Oversee outside counsel in litigation, including consumer class actions, patents, and commercial matters.

  • Design, coordinate, implement, and track compliance initiatives required under federal, state, and local statutes (e.g., OFAC, ADA, FARA, FCPA and UK Bribery Act, FTC and other advertising regulations).

  • Provide general compliance advice and training; remain current on legal decisions, statutory changes and other developments.

  • Supervise and coordinate responses to discovery requests and commercial subpoenas and handle responses to violations of the company's IP rights.

  • Assist in-house team on media law litigation, including libel and copyright.

  • Contribute to discussions of general business issues and advise business teams on legal and regulatory matters.

Desired Qualifications

  • 6 to 8 years, with preference for law firm experience in commercial and antitrust litigation, judicial clerkship, expertise in e-discovery, and background in digital media law.

  • Undergraduate and J.D. degrees from recognized institutions.

  • Must be a member of the New York bar.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

  • Excellent research skills.

  • Proven experience working independently and in collaboration with legal and business colleagues.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.