Applied Materials Employment and Investigations Attorney - (B5) in Santa Clara, California

Applied Materials, Inc. is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world.

Applied has an exciting opportunity to join a world class global legal team. This attorney will be responsible for managing employee mobility and investigation matters, with a focus on trade secret protection. This position requires identifying and solving complex problems that impact the direction of a global business, including advising on risk management, employee mobility, privacy, and intellectual property protection issues. In addition, this role also requires expertise in electronic discovery, computer forensics, data and cybersecurity, and other regulatory and compliance issues.

The candidate will be expected to have a solid foundation of employment and litigation experience and possess strong investigation skills to manage diverse, complex, and global projects. The selected candidate will also play a critical role in internal and external coordination and project management between HR, Forensics & Data Security, IT, and business clients. This includes participating in corporate strategy as well as in shaping policy, programs, and training on issues related to employee mobility, intellectual property, privacy, data security, and information governance.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage and conduct offensive and defensive investigations, pre-litigation matters, while collaborating with internal stakeholders and outside counsel to cost effectively and timely resolve matters. This includes managing all aspects of these matters, including strategy, early case assessment, corrective action, and driving lessons learned into systemic policy and process changes.

  • Serve as an advisor to managers regarding legal and compliance matters.


  • Juris Doctorate Degree

  • 6+ years of experience (mixture of litigation or employment at top tier law firm and/or as in-house counsel)

  • Demonstrated thought leader and expert in intellectual property, with experience conducting complex investigations and partnering on litigation

  • Ability to assess risk, engage in early case assessment, and leverage strategies for cost reduction and timely and effective corrective action

  • Experience with multidisciplinary project teams or global initiatives

  • Ability to work both independently and within a team to manage and conduct global investigations, and ability to gain the trust of business stakeholders to achieve a desired objective

  • Proactively identifies and solves complex problems, thinking beyond existing solutions and frameworks

  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and communication skills; ability to clearly articulate and visually present complex legal advice to managers at all levels

  • Ability to travel periodically

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in-house at technology company

  • Familiarity with international data privacy and cybersecurity laws and regulations, particularly for APAC countries

  • Understanding of computer forensics

Applied Materials is committed to diversity in its workforce including Equal Employment Opportunity for Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

Primary Location: California-CA,Santa Clara

Job Title: Employment and Investigations Attorney - (B5)

Job: Legal

Requisition ID: 1801905

Shift: Day Job

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Posting Type: Internal / External

Relocation Package: No Relocation