Bridgestone Americas, Inc Senior Counsel - ERISA/Benefits in Nashville, Tennessee


Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company.

Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.

The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.

Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

Position Summary

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is seeking an attorney experienced in Employee Benefits and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act(ERISA) to fill a Senior Counsel position in the Company’s Law Department. This position will report to the General Counsel Labor & Employment and will provide critical legal support to our Human Resources-Total Rewards Team and Corporate Shared Services group.


The primary responsibilities of this position include:

  • Working with BSAM Human Resources on Benefits design and strategy

  • Working with BSAM Shared Services on Benefits compliance and administration

  • Supporting Vice President of Labor Relations in benefits matters involving manufacturing plants, including Union Contract negotiations

  • Monitoring legal developments to ensure compliance in all areas of Benefits law

  • Drafting and reviewing Benefit Plan language, monitoring Plan filings, and ensuring appropriate government reporting

  • Advising on Plan interpretation to respond to questions and claims

  • Managing ERISA litigation, including making decisions on litigation strategy and supervising outside counsel

  • Engaging outside benefits counsel in an effective and cost-effective manner

  • Advising on third-party Benefits matters such as QDROs

  • Advising on executive compensation issues

  • Managing internal Benefits claims/appeals and providing legal advice

  • Assessing legal risk and making recommendations to senior management

  • Partnering with Corporate Services group in Law Department to review vendor contracts in the Benefits area

  • Serving as counsel to the Benefits Appeals Board, Pension Investment Committee, and other committees as the need arises


  • J.D. from an accredited law school

  • License to practice law and in good standing in any U.S. state

  • A minimum of five years of professional law practice experience (law firm and/or in house) with primary focus in employee benefits, ERISA, and executive compensation

  • Demonstrated knowledge of, experience in, and interest in employee benefits

  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written, with the ability to synthesize complex legal issues to their essential elements

  • Demonstrated experience, comfort and confidence to interact and relate well within a legal department, and build trusting relationships with HR and the senior leadership of BSAM’s operating units and subsidiaries

  • The ability to work well in a team environment

  • The self-confidence to work autonomously

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex Benefits issues, measure legal risk, and communicate guidance to management

  • The ability to supervise and manage outside counsel

  • The ability to prioritize responsibilities, to work efficiently, to manage and to conclude, in a timely manner, many projects, issues, and cases

  • A measured sense of humor and diplomatic skills, each to be used appropriately

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with union facilities is a plus but not required

  • A team player and business partner who is open, communicative and committed to the overall success of the Company

  • A highly intelligent, self-starting individual

  • An individual with unquestionable integrity who can act as a resource for the Law Department and the Company.

  • A poised professional with a high level of self-confidence and the ability to work with all levels of management

  • An individual who is flexible and able to operate in a changing environment

  • An individual who has the judgment and intelligence to know when to ask for assistance and additional direction

Employee Type Regular Full-Time

Degree Preferred Doctorate

Requisition ID 2018-132129

Posted Date 4/17/2018

Location US-TN-Nashville

Zip Code 37201

Functional Area Legal

Category Legal

As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action employer, it is the policy of Bridgestone to consider for employment all individuals regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.