Attorney / Senior Legal Manager

  • Location: US - Watsonville, California
  • Job Family: Legal
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0005951
  • Experience Years: 5-10 Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Regular
  • Remote Type: Onsite

About the Opportunity

This position’s responsibilities include providing legal counsel, analyzing legal risk through legal research and dispute/claim analysis, leading contract structuring and negotiation, and directing, managing, and supporting legal counsel across North America, South America, Europe, China, and Australia. This is an expert generalist role, ideal for a strategic and business-minded attorney, experienced paralegal, or contracts professional with strong legal research, negotiation, and project leadership experience.


  • Provide solution focused legal guidance to a multitude of business groups at Driscoll’s including communicating complex ideas, anticipating potential objections, and persuading people at all levels to a different point of view.
  • Contribute to the development of functional strategy and lead legal projects.
  • Provide expert legal counsel in the following areas of law: commercial transactions, agriculture, customs, employment, finance, food safety, information technology, intellectual property, labelling, licensing, nursery, PACA, procurement, real estate, sales/marketing, supply chain, traceability, international trade/trade remedy, transportation, UCC, etc.
  • Draft and negotiate a broad variety of contracts in accordance with legal policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate and manage disputes, claims, and litigation.
  • Collaborate with other members of Legal Affairs on cross-functional initiatives.
  • Oversee, hire, evaluate, and support effective working relationships with domestic and international outside legal counsel to provide required expertise and support for transactional and legal matters.
  • Ensure the security of Driscoll’s confidential and proprietary information.
  • Represents Driscoll’s in an ethical and business-like manner in all interactions with growers, suppliers, customers and the business community at large.
  • Mentor and learn from employees at all levels.
  • Domestic and international travel required up to 10%.

Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor’s required. JD preferred, however we are very interested in experienced paralegals and contracts professionals.
  • 12+ years of experience for attorneys.
  • 15+ years of experience for paralegals and contract professionals.
  • Experience structuring, negotiating, and closing complex legal transactions.
  • Legal research and regulatory analysis experience required.
  • Litigation and dispute management and Intellectual property licensing experience required.
  • Experience in Agribusiness strongly preferred.
  • Ability to review, analyze and negotiate broad assortment of legal agreements.
  • Outstanding legal research, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Not required, Spanish is a plus.

Preferred (other) Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills; ability to develop close working relationships and to work, collaborate, and finalize projects, contracts and transactions effectively across diverse groups, teams, and cultures.
  • Prior experience as an attorney, paralegal, or contracts professional in a firm or corporate legal environment.
  • Experience with Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. 
  • Experience working in the agriculture industry and/or in a global organization.
  • Spanish is a plus, but not required.
  • California driver’s license and a valid passport with the ability to travel internationally without restrictions.

NOTE: Please include a Cover Letter with your resume submission.

Compensation & Benefits

The following information is provided in good faith as a general description of the salary range and benefits for the position posted.  The actual compensation offered to the successful candidate is dependent upon experience, skills, education, work location, internal pay equity, and other objective job-related factors. 

Salary Range estimated for Attorney/Senior Legal Manager: $150,000.00 to $174,000.00 USD.

Driscoll’s is committed to a culture of care and offers an attractive benefits package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, and disability coverage for positions working more than 30 hours per week. Other benefits include:  401(k) with employer match, profit-sharing participation, paid sick time, paid vacation, paid personal and family care leave, and a free Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  More detailed information regarding the benefits package, will be shared during the application process.

About Driscolls

Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.

Driscoll's es el proveedor líder en la comercialización de Fresas, Frambuesas, Zarzamoras y Arándanos Azules en el mundo. Con más de 100 años de herencia en agricultura y cientos de productores independiente alrededor del mundo, Driscoll's es una compañía apasionada por cultivar Berries frescas, hermosas y deliciosas. Nuestros valores de humildad, pasión y confianza han guiado nuestra misión de deleitar a los consumidores en el mundo.

Las variedades exclusivas de Driscoll's han sido desarrolladas a través de años de investigación usando sólo métodos de mejoramiento natural. De la granja a la mesa, nos enfocamos en ofrecer una experiencia de alta calidad con apoyo de nuestros socios de la cadena de suministro.

Driscoll's es la marca de confianza de sólo las mejores Berries.