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Senior Attorney

Job Requisition ID:  43688

Eastman’s current hiring policy encourages and prefers new hires be fully vaccinated before reporting to work in this role when possible. 

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,000 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2021 revenues of approximately $10.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


Employment Law:

Provides day to day counseling in all areas of state and federal employment law, including counseling on discipline, terminations, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment, disability law leaves, and reductions-in-force
Provides assistance with Global Business Conduct cases regarding employee investigations and discipline arising out of violations of company policy
Creates and delivers employment law-based training programs to management and general employee audiences 
Manages litigation arising out of employment law claims
Manages statistical analyses for pay equity, compensation review, variable compensation and reductions-in-force 
Advises on use of temporary and contract employees and prepares/negotiates service agreements with temporary labor providers
Addresses all employment law issues in divestitures and acquisition
Advises on employment contracts, non-competition agreements, confidentiality clauses (in collaboration with Intellectual Property attorneys) and enforcement of the same    
Advises on workers compensation cases 
Advises on Human Resource workplace policies (drug/alcohol, security/workplace violence)
Advises on workplace closing, staffing reductions, redeployments, severances issue, and required WARN notifications 
Advises on HIPAA and state-based privacy issues 
Provides legal support for Department of Labor reviews of plans, information requests, and correction procedures 


Labor Law:

Provides day to day counseling in areas of U.S. labor law    
Provides counsel in the interpretation and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements; assist in interim bargaining
Defends charges under the National Labor Relations Act: unfair labor practices, grievances, and arbitrations
Provides training for management on union-free workplaces, and defense of charges under the National Labor Relations Act
Drafts workplace policies consistent with labor law and “protected activities”


Employees Benefits Law (preferred, but not required):

Provides day-to-day counsel regarding the administration and interpretation of Eastman’s ERISA welfare and tax qualified plans
Provides support to Compensation/Benefits organization and to Treasury organization (when applicable) regarding plan amendments, new plan features, annuity lift-outs, discontinuation of  benefits and plan terminations 
Collaborates on and reviews all communications to plan participants, including year-end election materials
Serves as counsel to Eastman’s fiduciary committees assisting in agenda preparation, parliamentary conduct of meetings, composition of minutes, decisions regarding adequacy of fiduciary review
Provides training and periodic legal updates to Eastman’s fiduciary committees
Manages benefits-based litigation and plan appeal process
Drafts, reviews and assists in negotiation of administrative services agreements  
Advises Company employee service center regarding employee and participant requests 
Advises on benefit interpretations and benefits offered in collective bargaining agreements 


The Senior Attorney in the Eastman Chemical Company Labor and Employment practice will report to the Senior Counsel in the Labor and Employment practice. The Senior Attorney in this practice is responsible for providing legal advice and services in the areas of employment law and litigation and traditional labor law. The ability to provide legal advice concerning employee benefits matters is desirable, but not required. This position also plays a key role in managing outside counsel and their costs.


  • Juris Doctor from accredited law school
  • Bar admission 
  • At least six years of relevant law firm and/or corporate law department experience 
  • Collaborative style, accustomed to working on teams, excellent communication and writing skills, pragmatic approach, and problem-solving skills 

Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.

Eastman is committed to creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive workplace, where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential each day.

Nearest Major Market: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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