Alaska Airlines Senior Attorney in Seattle, Washington


Alaska Airlines is one of the most respected names in aviation and flies throughout its namesake state and the Lower 48, as well as to Hawaii, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. Our roots date to 1932 and are symbolized by the Alaska Native painted on the tails of our aircraft. Guided by what we call the "Alaska Spirit", we pride ourselves on providing a lifeline to remote communities while delivering renowned service to everyone we fly. This commitment has brought us national and international recognition. We've been honored with a variety of awards by readers of Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today and others. Alaska, with Virgin America, is the premier airline for people on the West Coast, and together with its sister carrier Horizon Air, flies to more than 115 destinations. The two airlines are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE:ALK) with annual revenues exceeding $7 billion.


Role Summary The Senior Attorney provides legal services for Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, Horizon Air, and Alaska Air Group in a shared services environment. This role provides day-to-day advice and legal research on all aspects of the employee/employer relationship, in a shared services environment.

Scope & Complexity

  • This individual contributor position provides legal advice and support for Alaska Air Group (AAG) and its subsidiaries.

Key Duties

  • Provides day-to-day advice and legal research on all aspects of the employee/employer relationship on topics such as employment discrimination and harassment, at-will employment, various leaves of absence, benefits, drug testing, background checks, wage and hour matters, and employment law-related government contractor requirements.

  • Provides day-to-day litigation support on demand letters, administrative agency charges, and single-plaintiff lawsuits, including handling certain matters internally or choosing to work closely with outside counsel on case strategy, legal positions, discovery, budget, settlement, and decision-making from commencement to conclusion of matters.

  • Provides day-to-day legal advice and legal research on interpretation and administration of up to ten collective bargaining agreements at three airlines. Drafts or reviews and revises amendments, side letters, and letters of agreement.

  • Manages all aspects of labor arbitration under the Railway Labor Act (RLA) for assigned craft or classes of employees, including trying and briefing arbitrations or choosing to work closely with outside counsel on same.

  • Participates, as requested, as the legal team member in labor contract negotiations for assigned craft or classes of employees.

  • Reviews recommendations for terminations or reduction in force for non-union employees and reviews or drafts separation and/or severance documents.

  • Partners with HR, as requested, in the development and implementation of employment policies and practices.

  • Provides legal guidance to HR regarding compliance with all employment and labor regulations, such as leave laws and wage-hour laws.

  • Reviews course of action for discipline and termination of employees under labor contracts and provides related legal advice.

  • Designs and presents labor and employment law training programs for HR, labor relations, and employees in operational divisions, including programs on disciplinary practices, arbitration preparation, employee investigations, disability and discrimination laws, and leave laws.

  • Travels (minimally) in conjunction with representing internal clients.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job-Specific Skills & Education Required

  • A minimum of 6 years of employment law advice and counseling experience.

  • A minimum of 6 years of employment litigation experience.

  • A minimum of 2 years of traditional labor law experience.

  • Licensed attorney in good standing of at least one state bar.

  • Some experience as first chair attorney representing clients in labor arbitrations.

  • Past experience as the relationship partner and/or primary senior associate for clients.

  • Excellent delegation and planning skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with a diverse and large internal customer base and to seek out and collaborate with colleagues in the Legal department.

  • Detail oriented and highly organized, with the ability to execute on multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines and work independently with limited guidance in a fast-paced environment where flexibility is key.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

  • Juris Doctor Degree, with strong record of personal academic achievement.

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

  • Minimum age of 18.


  • Railway Labor Act (RLA) knowledge and experience.

  • First or second chair collective bargaining table experience.

  • Knowledge of the airline industry.

  • Knowledge of Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)

  • Experience with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Affirmative Action Programs (AAP).

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

  • Embody our values to own safety, do the right thing, be kind-hearted, deliver performance, and be remarkable.

The location for this position is in Seattle, Washington


For eligible employees, our company offers a unique total rewards package that few companies can match, including insurance coverage for medical, dental and vision care, 401(k) retirement savings plans, monthly and annual incentive bonus plans, time off and a generous employee travel program. Our values reflect who we are at work and in our communities: Own Safety, Do the Right Thing, Be Kind-Hearted, Deliver Performance, and Be Remarkable. Alaska Airlines also fosters a diverse and inclusive culture and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. Employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants are also protected by law.

Alaska Airlines y Horizon Air no toleran discriminacion o acoso en base a raza, color, credo, religion, origen nacional, estatus migratorio de residencia o ciudadania, edad, sexo, orientacion sexual, identidad de genero o expresion, estado civil, discapacidad, estado veterano protegido, informacion genetica o cualquier otra base protegida por la legislacion aplicable. Empleados o aspirantes que indaguen, discutan o revelen su compensacion o la remuneracion de otros empleados o aspirantes tambien estan protegidos por ley.

Job ID: 31929

Location: Seattle, WA

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular