Location US-VA-Tysons (McLean)
Posted Date 2 months ago(04/11/2023 3:49 PM)
Job ID
# Positions
Experience (Years)
Legal - Attorney

External Description




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 69,000 pilots at 39 U.S. and Canadian airlines) seeks an Attorney for our Tysons (McLean), Virginia office.  This Attorney will serve as an integral member of the legal team providing legal representation and advice to ALPA, its officers, committees, governing bodies, and members.  Reporting to the Assistant Director, Legal and Deputy General Counsel, the successful candidate will represent the Association in federal and state court litigation at the trial and appellate levels, at administrative agencies, and in arbitration.  The position requires a significant degree of competence in the substantive and procedural aspects of such litigation.  


This attorney will also provide legal advice and counsel to pilot leaders at all levels of the Association including National Officers, Master Executive Councils (MECs), Local Executive Councils (LECs), ALPA Committees, and Governing Bodies.  This advice includes a wide range of legal matters in various areas of legal expertise:  labor law, especially the Railway Labor Act; the Landrum-Griffin Act; and, various other employment statutes and regulations.  The attorney may be called on to also provide advice on questions of Association policy.


Local, national, and international travel:  20 - 40%.


ALPA is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in a safe workplace.  We prohibit discrimination, harassment and harmful behavior of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or other protected characteristics as outlined in federal or provincial laws.  We highly value everyone and all are encouraged to apply, including minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities.

Minimum Requirements:


  • Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Law (LLM), or similar advanced degree from an approved school of law required. A record of excellent academic achievement reflected in law review or equivalent recognition strongly preferred.
  • Member in good standing of the Bar.
  • Judicial clerkship or other relevant government experience strongly preferred.
  • Five (5) years of related experience in labor relations practice, ten (10) or more years preferred.
  • Knowledge of labor law, especially the Railway Labor Act, required; comprehensive knowledge strongly preferred.
  • Current knowledge and experience in federal and state court litigation and arbitration/mediation required.
  • Strong, demonstrated analytical and oral advocacy skills required.
  • At management discretion, significant and in-depth, directly applicable, labor, litigation, or other relevant experience may be substituted for some of the above requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate long-term endeavors.
  • Excellent 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.
  • Experience using online legal research, Westlaw or the equivalent, preferred.
  • Software: Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred.


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 and the local metropolitan area, 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 travel (locally, nationally, and internationally).  Also includes 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, books, boxes, and files up to ten (10) pounds (lbs.).  While on travel, could be responsible to move, raise, reach, and/or retrieve luggage weighing as much as 50 lbs.  (Assistance may not always be available.)


ALPA offers competitive salaries with terrific benefits, including:

  • 401k Plan with Non-Elective Employer Contribution of 11% plus 2% into a Market-Based Cash Balance Plan after 180 days of employment.  No employee contribution required!  The 401k plan includes a Roth option and 4-year vesting schedule.
  • Generous health care benefits on day one – PPO, Kaiser (where available), and a High Deductible Health Plan which includes coverage for medical, dental, and vision benefits for employee, spouse, and/or dependent children;
  • 15 days paid vacation and 12 holidays per year plus 2 volunteer days per year;
  • Generous sick and bereavement leave;
  • Competitive parental leave;
  • Company-paid premiums for disability and life insurance;
  • Flexible Spending and Health Savings accounts;
  • Retiree health plan;
  • Education Assistance Program; and,
  • Optional benefits including pet insurance, excess life insurance, legal plan, and qualified transportation fringe benefits, where available.


Relocation not provided. 









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