Senior Attorney

Location US-VA-Tysons (McLean)
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(05/18/2021 1:53 PM)
Job ID
Experience (Years)
Legal - Sr. Attorney

External Description

Senior Aviation Labor & Employment Attorney


The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), the largest airline pilot union in the world and the largest non-governmental aviation safety organization in the world (representing over 59,000 pilots at 35 U.S. and Canadian airlines) seeks a Senior Attorney for our Tysons (McLean), Virginia office.  Under minimal supervision, the Senior Attorney provides legal representation and advice to ALPA, its officers, committees, governing bodies, and members.  They represent the Association in federal and state court litigation at the trial and appellate levels, at administrative agencies, and in arbitration.  The position requires competence in the substantive and procedural aspects of such litigation.  


They provide legal advice and counsel to pilot leaders at all levels of the Association including National Officers, Master Executive Councils (MECs), ALPA Committees, and Governing Bodies.  This advice includes a wide range of legal matters in diverse areas of legal expertise including labor law, especially the Railway Labor Act (RLA) and the Landrum-Griffin Act; various employment discrimination laws; and, the federal aviation statutes.  They will also provide advice on questions of Association policy and governance.


At times, issues may be time-sensitive and of critical importance to the Association.  Working in coordination with other departments and committees, they will be relied upon to make recommendations regarding the actions that should be taken in each situation.  Travel, at times on short notice, is required.             


Travel (local, national, and international):  20 - 40%.


Minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) from an approved school of law required. A record of outstanding academic achievement reflected in law review or equivalent recognition strongly preferred.
  • Member in good standing of the Bar.
  • Twenty (20) years of related experience in labor and/or aviation law practice and litigation, with principal client responsibility, required. At management discretion, significant and in-depth, directly applicable, RLA, labor, and/or litigation experience may be substituted for some of the above requirements.  
  • Superior, demonstrated analytical and oral advocacy skills required.
  • Comprehensive, long-term, demonstrated knowledge of labor law, internal union dynamics, and/or aviation law required.
  • Current knowledge of and experience in federal and state court litigation and arbitration/mediation required.
  • Judicial clerkship and/or other relevant government experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated long-term labor law expertise, including and especially the Railway Labor Act and the Landrum-Griffin Act, required; long-term experience in airline labor law and relations strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of aviation statutes and administrative proceedings preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate multiple long-term endeavors.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with internal staff, external contacts, and pilots.
  • Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment to formulate decisions and/or solve problems, under time pressure and urgent conditions.
  • Consequential bar-related activities a plus.
  • Extensive experience using online legal research, Westlaw or the equivalent, preferred.
  • Software: Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred.
  • Able to work flexible schedule on short notice as needed.



Physical Demands:


Note: The physical demands described herein are characteristic of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential physical activities of this position described below.


Constantly operates a computer/smartphone/tablet.  Regularly required to maintain a stationary position; move about the office; determine what others have said or written; and, converse with others and exchange accurate information.


Regularly required to sit, stand, bend, reach, and move about the office and the local metropolitan area.  May also include occasional bending, stooping, squatting, and/or pushing and pulling or moving, e.g., to pack, unpack, and/or move cases. 


Occasionally required to move, raise, reach, and/or retrieve binders, boxes, and files up to ten (10) pounds (lbs.).  Sporadically and/or while on travel, could be responsible to move, raise, reach, and/or retrieve boxes and/or luggage weighing as much as 50 lbs.  (Assistance may not always be available.)


Relocation Not Provided.





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