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Associate Legal Counsel - Franchise

Date: May 2, 2021

Location: Irvine, California, US

Company: KIA Motors America

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.




Your primary focus will be providing advice to the company to improve all aspects of the performance and operation of the dealer network.  In particular, you will develop policies and provide advice related to dealer establishment and transfer, dealer termination and wind-down, and dealership operations, including sales operations, distribution, service operations, dealership facility improvement and branding, and marketing.  


You will work collaboratively with a group of in-house lawyers on projects and cases that influence multiple aspects of the business.  You will interact with and advise team members in all levels of the Company.  As an integral part of the team, you will proactively assess legal risks and advise on decisions that will provide years of benefit to the overall organization.    

Major Responsibilities

Priority Major Responsibility %
1st Work extensively with executives and managers in the Retail Development function to obtain objectives related to the dealer network.  This includes providing advice on dealer franchise law and review and development of company policies related to network planning, dealer sales performance, dealer financial performance, dealer establishment, dealership transfers, dealership facility requirements, sales incentives, marketing, service and warranty operations, distribution, and customer service. 30%
2nd You will assist with the drafting of policy documents, letters, dealer agreements, and dealership performance reviews. 30%
3rd You will handle litigation, including risk assessment, case strategy, settlement, budgeting, discovery and other case management activities. This includes claims and defenses related to dealer add points, protests, terminations, and bankruptcies, etc. 20%
4th You will advise and train managers in virtually all departments of the company related to dealer operations and legal issues. 10%
5th You will proactively address other legal matters as needed and work to make your colleagues successful. 10%



  • Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school 
  • Admitted to California State Bar 

Overall Experience

  • 4-6 years top-tier law firm or in-house experience preferred
  • Top-tier nationally ranked law school and top-tier law firm experience preferred
  • Experience in automotive industry is helpful 
  • Both transactional and litigation background is helpful 

Directly Related Experience



Demonstrate managerial, organizational, and interpersonal communication (verbal and written) skills.
Ability to create timely and insightful executive reports and analysis
Outstanding writing and editing skills.
Mastery of standard office software (Microsoft Office) and ability to learn other company software systems
Work collaboratively and cross-functionally with other in-house counsel team members in other legal areas to identify and resolve legal issues


Adapting to Change
CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
Championing Customer Needs
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
Communicating Effectively
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
Delivering High Quality Work
Entrepreneurial Thinking
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels

Equal Employment Opportunities

KUS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KUS complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KUS has offices.  The KUS EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.


Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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