Tradesmen International, Inc. Associate Counsel - Labor, Employment & ERISA in Macedonia, Ohio


Associate Counsel – Labor, Employment & ERISA

Tradesmen International is seeking a highly self-motivated attorney to join its legal team. This position will provide legal support to Tradesmen International’s management, human resources, safety, workers’ compensation, and operations groups for all aspects of labor, employment and ERISA matters. This is a broad role in support of key business objectives of the company.


  • Advise and represent Tradesmen International on variety of issues surrounding ERISA, executive compensation, labor relations, workplace safety, wage and hour, prevailing wage, drug screens and background checks, privacy rights, disability leave, employee discrimination, workplace harassment, retirement plans, employee relations, affirmative action plans, and workers’ compensation,.

  • Anticipate and mitigate potential legal problems within the organization and develop strategies to avoid costly litigation and reduce potential areas of risk.

  • Support procurement activities on a wide variety of transactions related to human resources, safety and workers’ compensation consistent within safety, legal, and regulatory requirements as well as

  • Company values, standards, culture and business practices.

  • Assist in the design and implementation of preventative strategies that avoid workplace risks.

  • Independently lead and execute all phases of labor, employment or ERISA matters, from managing investigations; managing litigation and agency claims; providing preliminary advice; reviewing and designing human resources plans and policies; leading and participating in company-wide employee or safety projects that may including designing compliance programs and negotiating vendor agreements; and acting as liaison with outside counsel.

  • Collaborate with cross functional teams to support Tradesmen International’s management, human resources, safety, workers’ compensation, and operations groups.

  • Support initiatives of General Counsel, as assigned.



  • 3-5 years of relevant employment and ERISA legal experience at a law firm and/or in a corporate legal department, with an emphasis on health and welfare plans, qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, design and negotiation of employment and other executive related arrangements, ERISA fiduciary, labor and employment related matters including wage and hour, non-competition agreements and other human resources issues. Experience with mergers & acquisitions, litigation and labor relations is a plus.

  • Must be well-organized and detail-oriented and have a strong work ethic.

  • Desire to have significant client interaction.

  • Ability to work independently or with supervision from other senior attorneys.

  • Ability to identify, evaluate and provide risk-appropriate solutions to the business based on excellent legal judgment.

  • Proven ability to think clearly and succinctly to cogently articulate a negotiating position as well as draft contracts in clear, concise language.

  • Ability to communicate effectively through both written and verbal expression with all levels of staff inside and outside the organization.

  • Ability to handle multiple and complex matters simultaneously and independently without supervision.

  • Be self-sufficient and know when to ask questions versus when to take the initiative to find solutions without input or assistance from others.

  • Strong written and verbal communication, drafting, negotiating and problem-solving skills -- with proven ability to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders.

  • Business-focused mindset with ability to balance legal risk and business impact.

  • Strong interpersonal and team work skills.

  • Effective at resolving differences of opinion through consensus building.

  • Open to learning new skills.

  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced environment and successfully manage aggressive deadlines.

  • Experience working in a cross-department, cross-functional role requiring good client relationship skills.

  • Proficiency with general office software, computer functions and able to perform legal research.

  • Bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctorate degree from a U.S. accredited law school.

  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio.

Company Details

About Tradesmen International

Tradesmen International, LLC, headquartered in Macedonia, Ohio, and owned by affiliates of The Blackstone Group L.P., provides skilled craftsmen staffing serving to the commercial, heavy industrial, manufacturing and marine construction industries in North America (mostly United States).

With more than 170 office locations, Tradesmen International employs a team of over 25,000 office, service and craft professionals.

This position is located at the corporate headquarters in Macedonia, OH, which is a suburb of Cleveland.

Tradesmen International is an equal opportunity employer that embraces diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, experience, and skills. We offer a collaborative, innovative, achievement focused culture with unique opportunities for growth in a global company and we evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

About The Blackstone Group:

The Blackstone Group is a leading global alternative asset manager and provider of financial advisory services. It is one of the largest independent alternative asset managers in the world. Its alternative asset management businesses include the management of corporate private equity funds, real estate opportunity funds, funds of hedge funds, senior debt funds, proprietary hedge funds and closed-end mutual funds.

Recruiter Name

Diana Krizanic



Req ID 2019-212217

Category Other

Location US-OH-Macedonia