Associate General Counsel (Investigations)

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CoreCivic - Facility Support Center
Nashville, TN US
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The Associate General Counsel (Investigations) is responsible for providing legal advice and guidance to senior management in all business units. Leads tactical and strategic legal projects as established by the General Counsel. Manages litigation involving the company, its employees and contractors, and provides legal advice impacting the operations of the facilities. Responsible for developing and directing the General Counsel Office of Investigations (GCOI), including but not limited to corporate investigations, staff misconduct investigations, various inmate-related investigations, post-incident investigations, and investigations requested by the Ethics and Compliance Office.


The successful applicant should be able to perform ALL of the following functions at a pace and level of performance consistent with the actual job performance requirements.

Ensures prompt and consistent legal guidance is provided to key operations managers on inmate rights issues such as use of force, discipline, classification, drug testing, privacy, visitation, religious rights, access to courts, due process, and custodial abuse.

Oversees company-wide inmate access to courts programs, ensuring their overall effectiveness.

Advises learning and development team leaders regarding use of force parameters, firearms regulations, emergency management and other correctional legal issues.

Provides legal assistance and guidance to company's partnership development managers in responding to requests for proposals.

Provides training to company leaders on legal topics.

Establishes parameters for health services programs on legally significant issues such as HIPAA/the Privacy Rule; informed consent; care-related liability; involuntary medication and treatment; and hunger strikes.

Sets official policy on company responses to state and federal public records laws. Ensures appropriate and accurate responses to public records requests consistent with applicable law.

Manages short- and long-term continuous improvement and enterprise risk management goals established in consultation with the general counsel. Sets and implements broad goals for the strategic management of company litigation. Evaluates successes and setbacks in pursuit of continuous improvement.

Develops legal theory and strategy in delivery of company-wide multi-state correctional operations.

Analyzes and reports legislative developments in consultation with company decision makers in support of the company's long range strategic planning as regards siting and operating or leasing facilities.

Monitors and evaluates corrections-related legislation, collaborating with partnership and government relations teams to educate legislators and others on the impact of legislative activities on the company and industry.

Evaluates facility management agreements for legal and operational impact, advising company leaders on opportunities to develop key terms to enhance company position.

Serves as a legal department team member on the company's public affairs response team, guiding public affairs and communication personnel in the development and dissemination of public statements that enhance or protect the company's positions in litigated and potentially litigated matters.

Monitors significant inmate grievances, incident reporting and other company sources to identify, manage, and respond to incidents likely to give rise to future litigation. Advises key managers on the significance of such incidents and, where appropriate, oversees investigatory activity in preparation of litigation defense.

Selects, hires and manages outside counsel for company litigation matters. Establishes legal and operational strategy for outside counsel in company litigation matters, ensuring adherence to overall company strategy.

Analyzes company exposure and risk, establishing reserves for litigated and potentially litigated claims in consultation with the senior director, litigation and risk management.

Reviews, edits and approves all bills from outside counsel. Analyzes outside counsel invoices for patterns of significant spend in pursuit of cost efficiencies and economies of scale.

Works with outside counsel on strategic and tactical litigation decisions. Attends trials as appropriate if the case is high profile or high risk.

Sets strategic goals for cases where settlement is deemed appropriate; attends settlement conferences and participates in settlement negotiations as the company official with authority to resolve those matters and bind the company in settlement.

Monitors all significant pending cases, advising company leadership regarding developments that could increase company exposure. Incorporates information from negative outcomes in ongoing guidance and advice to company leaders.

Ensures the provision of advice to corporate and facility leadership on litigation matters such as subpoenas, discovery requests and responses and witness appearances.

Oversees the GCOI, insuring that the company has a robust and meaningful investigative function. Establishes company investigative policy and procedures. Advises on appropriate actions in light of investigative findings. Coordinates efforts with law enforcement agencies and government investigative agencies.

Provides direct supervision of all significant company investigations, including those conducted by company investigators, outside contract investigators, and outside attorneys.

Analyzes and reports trends from investigation efforts, with the goal of improving operations and managing risk.

Advises quality assurance team leadership on significant legal and enterprise risk management concerns that should be addressed through the company's ongoing auditing and quality control programs.

Evaluates and selects company investigative and data management hardware and software. Continuously reviews and evaluates significant capital purchases to ensure appropriate selections and renewals.

Advises the technology department leadership on data governance and cyber-law issues as well as the impact of data security procedures on company exposure and litigation risk.

Domestic U.S travel may be required.


    Graduate from an accredited college or university with a Juris Doctorate degree and admission to practice law before the Courts of the State of Tennessee. Eight years of legal experience required including at least five years managing significant litigation as an in-house counsel or equivalent, including supervising outside legal counsel handling litigated matters. Proven experience in conducting and supervising complex investigations is required. Must demonstrate ability to analyze complex legal issues and documents. Must be able to interpret and apply local, state and federal laws, as well as institutional policies and procedures. Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to effectively explain, advocate or defend legal positions to constituent groups at all levels of the organization. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications is required. A valid driver's license is required.  CoreCivic is a Drug Free Workplace & an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran).

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