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Vice President, Senior Employment Counsel

New York, NY

Here at Shake Shack, we take care of each other first and foremost so that we can make raves for our guests, community, suppliers, and investors. After all, teamwork makes the dream work. We work our buns off, but we play hard too, with a Team Appreciation Day, unlimited meal discounts, volunteer opportunities, and so much more. If you’re looking for a deeply fulfilling, financially rewarding, and really fun career, you’re in the right place. 

Shake Shack is looking for an accomplished attorney to strengthen its Legal function and support the company in its growth plans, while ensuring ongoing risk management and compliance. This role will lead the employment law function at Shake Shack, providing counsel and advice in support of the company’s operations. This senior attorney will be a key strategic advisor to People Resources and other business leaders, and serve as a critical link between the Shacks, People Resources and the Legal department.

Other Requirements: A cover letter is required with your application.

This position will be based out of our NYC office on either a full time or hybrid (working from home 1-2 days per week) basis. 


  • Manage all aspects of dispute resolution, pre-litigation investigations, and litigation, including assessing new employment related charges, complaints, and attorney demand letters; developing strategy to resolve them; engaging and supervising outside counsel as applicable; and providing clear, concise, and accurate guidance
  • Draft responses and position statements, respond to information requests, and participate in fact-finding conferences and mediations
  • Assist or lead internal investigations
  • Provide counsel and advice to management, Human Resources, Operations, and the Shacks on all employment related issues, including but not limited to wage & hour compliance, performance management, discipline and terminations, internal investigations, reasonable accommodations, leave of absence, work permits, and discrimination
  • Assist People Resources in developing and implementing policies, procedures and training programs to drive compliance with employment laws
  • Actively participate in a collaborative manner in cross-functional business teams to identify, evaluate, and resolve complex business issues and risks
  • Coordinate with Risk Management on insurance for litigation matters


  • Broad subject matter expertise in federal and state employment laws and regulations
  • Excellent judgment, discretion, and risk assessment
  • Strong and effective drafting skills
  • Exceptional communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships
  • Practical business acumen, driving pragmatic business-oriented solutions
  • A highly approachable, collegial, and collaborative approach
  • Accountable and proactive self-starter, comfortable working independently
  • Superb organizational skills and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects at once


  • 12-15+ years of related employment law experience
  • Must have law firm and in house experience
  • Retail or hospitality experience preferred
  • Experience in a fast-paced and dynamic organization preferred
  • Member in good standing of the New York Bar or another bar association with the ability to register as in-house counsel in New York

Benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Transit Discount Program
  • 401K Plan
  • Paid Time Off Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Dining Program
  • Referral Bonus
  • Online Training Program
  • Career Development
  • Corporate Fitness Discount Programs
  • Choice of Global Cash Card or Direct Deposit

Pay Range - $221,085.00 - $300,035.00About Us

Beginning as a hot dog cart in New York City’s Madison Square Park, Shake Shack was created by Danny Meyer, Founder and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and best-selling author of Setting the Table. Shack Fans lined up daily, making the cart a resounding success, and donating all proceeds back to the park beautification efforts. 

A permanent stand was eventually built…and the rest is Shack history! With our roots in fine dining and giving back to the community, we are committed to high quality food served with a high level of hospitality. Our team members enjoy a positive work environment that is deeply committed to the philosophy that we "Stand for Something Good."

We are expanding across the U.S. and around the world! Join our #ShackFam 

Shake Shack is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age (over 40), disability (mental and physical), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital, military and veteran status.

Our company will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable laws.

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