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Alaska Airlines Attorney I - Litigation in Seattle, Washington


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Role Summary

The Attorney I - Litigation works as part of the in-house legal team in a shared services environment - employed by Alaska Airlines, Inc. and provides legal services for Alaska Airlines, Inc., Horizon Air Industries, Inc., and Alaska Air Group, Inc.

Scope & Complexity

The Attorney I - Litigation is an individual contributor who will help support the management of pre-litigation strategy, litigation and other legal disputes involving Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. This position will also oversee the records management and retention functions for the companies.

Key Duties

  • Manages uninsured litigation and pre-litigation matters in a variety of cases involving the airlines and works with paralegals and outside counsel handling the same.

  • With limited direction from senior attorneys, take initiative to develop solutions on complex litigation matters involving commercial and labor and employment disputes, including class actions and other collective actions.

  • Drafts, reviews, and edits pleadings and discovery requests in litigation and arbitration matters.

  • May be called upon to draft position statements in EEOC and state employment agency matters, take or defend depositions, to represent the companies at arbitration hearings, and/or appear in court.

  • Supports records management and retention functions for the companies.

  • Works with paralegals to issue litigation holds, to respond to discovery requests, and to handle other litigation-related tasks.

  • Advises and counsels on FOIA and Public Records Act matters.

  • Advises and counsels on responses to commercial and law enforcement subpoenas directed to the companies.

  • Advises and counsels business partners in consumer and third-party fraud investigations and passenger disputes.

  • Supports senior attorneys in providing legal advice and counseling during times of potential internal or public relations crises.

  • Makes recommendations to senior attorneys on developing scalable legal solutions to manage cost and reduce legal risk for the companies.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • Licensed attorney in good standing, preferably licensed in Washington State.

  • A minimum of 3 years of government, in-house, and/or law firm litigation experience.

  • thorough familiarity with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and litigation procedure and local rules in at least one state court.

  • Specialized knowledge or experience in one or more of the following areas: business and commercial disputes, labor and employment law, aviation-related litigation, and intellectual property law.

  • Must understand and know how to apply rules of privilege in a corporate setting.

  • Ability to think quickly on your feet, convey grace under pressure, and simultaneously manage workloads, multiple client demands and shifting priorities in a fast-paced, highly detailed environment where flexibility is key.

  • Excellent problem-solving capabilities, judgment, written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to collaborate with colleagues as needed regarding issues outside of primary practice area

  • Juris Doctor degree from leading law school, with strong personal academic credentials.

  • Demonstrate high standards for professional integrity.


  • Experience litigating labor and employment law matters, particularly in California state and federal courts.

  • Experience working with clients in the aviation industry or other highly regulated, technical or mechanical industries.

  • Experience with records management and retention policies and programs.

  • Trial and/or arbitration experience.

  • Preference will be given to candidates who are local to the Seattle metropolitan area or who have demonstrated geographic ties to the region.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

Embody our values to own safety, do the right thing, be kind-hearted, deliver performance, and be remarkable.


Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines are equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws.

Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines participate in E-Verify, a service of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA), where required.

Job ID 35126

Location Seattle, WA

FLSA Status Exempt

Full/Part Time Full-Time

Regular/Temporary Regular