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Caterpillar, Inc. Corporate Counsel – Commercial Litigation in Peoria, Illinois

Corporate Counsel – Commercial Litigation



There’s more to work at Caterpillar than just the work itself. We hire smart, friendly people and it shows in our culture. We hold ourselves to high standards and make sure our values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, commitment and sustainability come to life in the way we work. We make sure our employees feel continuously challenged while also supported. We provide professional growth opportunities, including leadership programs. We celebrate the diversity of our team, while also working together as one Caterpillar.

Our culture, like everything at our company, is made possible by each employee’s contribution. Person by person, we create the environment we work in, and we are proud of the Caterpillar we’ve built.

Caterpillar Inc. is seeking an attorney to join the litigation group of its in-house legal division. The successful candidate will provide legal support on litigated matters involving commercial litigation, with opportunities to expand into different litigated subject matter areas as team needs or caseloads dictate, such as environmental, dealer or franchise protection, competition, or privacy, for instance. The candidate is expected to be familiar with ediscovery, legal holds, case strategy, taking and responding to discovery, motions practice, trial experience, and/or appellate practice. The role will work directly with outside counsel on matters, including early case assessments, budgets, and review and management of outside counsel billings. The cases often require the attorney to work with Caterpillar attorneys in other practice areas or personnel in the Global Governmental and Corporate Affairs Division.

The attorney will be responsible to work internally with paralegals, engineers and witnesses in a variety of roles, and may be expected to participate on cross-functional teams with other members of the legal department. A successful candidate should be comfortable counseling business managers about risk management and commercial issues.

Duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Providing day-to-day legal counseling on commercial matters;

  • Drafting, reviewing and monitoring pleadings, briefs and discovery;

  • Working with paralegals and witnesses to develop cases for trial;

  • Counseling business clients on litigation risks, as necessary, and providing training;

  • Working with insurers and Caterpillar Risk Management personnel to establish insurance coverage and working with accounting teams on case reserves;

  • Working with outside counsel and leading teams of attorneys to develop case strategy; and

  • Maintaining excellent relationships with outside counsel and work to be a valued member of the Caterpillar litigation program.


We are seeking candidates with 5-7 years of active litigation experience, including significant leadership roles in litigated cases, who is a self starter used to handling cases with relative independence and have experience managing multi-party disputes. In terms of background and experience.

Top Candidates Will Also Have:

  • A J.D. from an accredited law school;

  • Strong academic credentials;

  • Membership in the State Bar of any U.S. State and qualifications for admission as in-house counsel under Illinois Rule 716, if not admitted in Illinois;

  • 5-7 years experience in legal practice at a top firm;

  • Solid work experience and a strong track record of success as litigator;

  • Superior research, writing and communication skills;

  • Superior analytical and problem-solving capabilities; and

  • The ability to work effectively and efficiently with outside counsel.

Travel is required, and the frequency varies according to the matters on the attorneys’ docket. The attorney would typically travel approximately 15% of the time over the course of a year.

Relocation is available for this position

EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals – including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities – are encouraged to apply.

Job Management / Professional

Primary Location United States-Illinois-Peoria

Unposting Date: May 28, 2019, 11:59:00 PM

EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals – including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities – are encouraged to apply.

Req ID: 19000436