Head of Litigation

  • Oakland, CA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time

Company Description

Block is one company built from many blocks, all united by the same purpose of economic empowerment. The blocks that form our foundational teams — People, Finance, Counsel, Hardware, Information Security, Platform Infrastructure Engineering, and more — provide support and guidance at the corporate level. They work across business groups and around the globe, spanning time zones and disciplines to develop inclusive People policies, forecast finances, give legal counsel, safeguard systems, nurture new initiatives, and more. Every challenge creates possibilities, and we need different perspectives to see them all. Bring yours to Block.

Job Description

Block is hiring a new Head of Litigation! Do you care about empowering businesses, sellers, and individuals who have historically faced barriers to participation in the economy? Good, because our litigation team supports ALL of our current business units worldwide: Square, Cash App, TIDAL, Spiral, Afterpay, and TBD. As Head of Litigation at Block you will work on issues as diverse as payments, music streaming, Bitcoin, buy now pay later, and de-fi – perhaps all in the same day! You will manage and work side by side with your team of stellar litigators and legal professionals who anticipate, evaluate, strategize, fight, and resolve litigation and pre-litigation disputes of all flavors. This is the right job for a leader with significant managerial experience, strong executive communication skills, keen judgment, and the desire to become a subject matter expert by digging deep into new areas of the law. You will report into the Head of Litigation, Employment and IP. 

You will:

  • Oversee our portfolio of litigation matters worldwide, including regulatory investigations

  • Motivate and advocate for your team of attorneys and legal professionals

  • Establish policies and practices that ensure efficient resolution of litigation matters and allow the team to grow along with the company

  • Monitor litigation developments relevant to our varied products and business units

  • Manage outside counsel to ensure we receive expert legal advice within budget

  • Work with product teams to find and mitigate litigation risks and communicate practical advice to non-lawyers

  • Collaborate with and act as a resource to our Counsel colleagues on the Comms, Policy, Compliance, M&A, and Product teams

Qualifications

You have:

  • J.D. and admission to the bar

  • 12+ years of litigation experience at a law firm, in-house, or governmental agency

  • Experience managing attorneys and legal professionals, in-house preferred

  • Procedural experience including discovery, motion practice, oral arguments, trials, proactive litigation, mediation, and settlement negotiations

  • Broad litigation subject matter experience including for example, commercial class actions, IP, antitrust, privacy, securities, regulatory investigations/enforcement

  • Flexibility and ability to pivot and adapt to changing priorities in a constantly evolving company

  • Ability to evaluate risk and exposure, calibrate it to company needs, and communicate to peers and executives alike

  • Curiosity and desire to learn, learn, learn

  • Bias to action!

Additional Information

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Block is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class. 

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page

Additionally, we consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment on our team, assessing candidates in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Perks

We want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:

  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

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