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Legal Specialist - Litigation and Investigations



Mountain View, CA, USA · San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with the mission to be the most trusted driver. Since its start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has focused on building the Waymo Driver—The World's Most Experienced Driver™—to improve access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes. The Waymo Driver powers Waymo One, a fully autonomous ride-hailing service, and can also be applied to a range of vehicle platforms and product use cases. The Waymo Driver has provided over one million rider-only trips, enabled by its experience autonomously driving tens of millions of miles on public roads and tens of billions in simulation across 13+ U.S. states.

As part of Waymo's Legal team, you will work on the exciting legal issues surrounding our transformational autonomous driving technology and help drive our business lines forward from technology ideation through scaled commercial deployment. We partner with our public policy, safety, security and privacy experts to define transportation policy for the autonomous driving world to come, advising on regulatory changes that support and protect our users around the world. We collaborate with our engineering, product, strategy and operations teams to develop and protect our intellectual property portfolio and drive our corporate and commercial transactions. We ensure compliance with an increasingly complex and dynamic range of global regulations. And we anticipate, mitigate, and litigate high-profile and precedent-setting legal matters.

This role will be hybrid on-site in the Bay area and report into our Assistant General Counsel.

In this role you'll:

  • Lead the organization, collection and management of information related to product litigation matters, internal investigations, pre-litigation claims, and third-party requests including warrants and subpoenas, including all aspects of discovery and governmental requests for information, including preparing and drafting submissions. Potential to expand to commercial, employment and IP related matters.
  • Partner with counsel to guide team members and custodians on the litigation and investigations process, and help with preparation for pre-trial and trial testimony, and oversee the development of exhibits.
  • Develop and improve processes and dashboards, keeping the team's litigation, investigations, and claims efforts organized, taking ownership of case files, vendor management, and preparation of documents and letters to bring matters to conclusion.
  • Improve internal processes across the legal team related to knowledge management, document and data storage, and coordinate with client teams to improve document practices and guide legal reviews.
  • Flex to the Legal Operations team to support billing, vendor management and tooling projects, including potentially managing complex projects that support the legal department's continuous improvement efforts.
  • Remain current on trends to support the adaption and the implementation of record retention and other best practices.
  • Coordinate and develop content / arrange speakers for knowledge sharing meetings with outside counsel and experts, and internal legal and technical staff.

At a minimum, we'd like you to have:

  • Detailed and in-depth understanding of the litigation life-cycle, experience managing offensive and defensive litigation team efforts, overseeing outside counsel updates, and coordinating all aspects of ediscovery processes, workflows and best practices, including experience with the latest ediscovery technology.
  • 7+ years of prior litigation experience with a law firm and/or in-house legal department.
  • Experience partnering with a wide variety of teams, including executives and technical staff.
  • High level of enthusiasm for winning together as a team, driving achievement while being business-focused, and working collaboratively with legal and non-legal stakeholders.

It's preferred if you have:

  • Experience working with or at an automotive or technology company.
  • Experience supporting and partnering with product counsel and regulatory teams.
  • Experience supporting product litigation and investigation matters, with focus on product liability.
  • In-house or trial experience.
  • Experience responding to governmental requests for information, or other torts, commercial, employment, or IP litigation experience.


The expected base salary range for this full-time position across US locations is listed below. Actual starting pay will be based on job-related factors, including exact work location, experience, relevant training and education, and skill level. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for the role location or, if the role can be performed remote, the specific salary range for your preferred location, during the hiring process.

Waymo employees are also eligible to participate in Waymo’s discretionary annual bonus program, equity incentive plan, and generous Company benefits program, subject to eligibility requirements.

Salary Range
$180,000—$227,000 USD