Who we are and what we do
Do you want to be a part of something that really matters? Team BNSF includes professionals focused on safety and service that play a vital role in delivering the nation’s freight. Together, we help move goods and materials that sustain life and support local, national and global economies. Our rail network is one of the largest freight railroads, spanning 28 western states and serving three Canadian provinces.
What we believe
At BNSF, our Vision and Values drive who we are, not only in our words, but also our actions. BNSF is committed to our foundational values of equality and inclusion. As members of the BNSF community, our employees are entitled to:
be treated with dignity and respect.
have equal access to tools, resources, training and development opportunities.
have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.
We model the way through our leadership, our BNSF Diversity Councils, our eclectic Business Resource Groups, our deep involvement and investment in the communities we serve and through training programs. Our actions create an inclusive, open and collaborative workplace that encourages diverse perspectives in all interactions.
This position is located at our Fort Worth, Texas corporate office and has the potential to be a hybrid position with up to 50% remote work.
This is a litigation-focused position requiring an attorney with strong litigation skills, including oral advocacy, legal research, legal writing, discovery, and alternative-dispute resolution. A solid background in U.S. employment law is preferred, with some familiarity or interest related to the Federal employment and labor laws of Canada helpful. This role will assist with internal investigations, conciliation procedures, and client counseling related to OFCCP audits, EEOC charges, OSHA claims, and actions by other government agencies. This position conducts and oversees BNSF internal investigations and prepares BNSF formal responses to retaliation complaints filed with the United States Department of Labor (DOL)/OSHA in cases arising under the Federal Railroad Safety Act, 49 U.S.C. § 20109. Additionally, this position will be expected to handle first-chair defense of any such claims that progress to a formal hearing before a DOL Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) or in Federal district court. Other duties for this position include responding to written discovery, defending and taking depositions, drafting pleadings and motions, presenting all advocacy required before the ALJ, and handling all facets of appeals before the DOL’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) or a United States Court of Appeals. Responsibilities also include helping with internal interviews, reviewing supporting documentation, and drafting BNSF’s formal response for all Section 20109 complaints filed with OSHA. Provide research, written legal advice, and counsel as appropriate to a broad array of internal BNSF business managers and supervisors regarding risk avoidance and appropriate action options associated with the duties set out above. This person will also perform other litigation-related duties as assigned and may also be responsible for supervising outside counsel. Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as this person must interact with personnel from all levels of the Company.
Qualified candidate must have:
a bachelor’s degree or higher, along with a Juris Doctorate and strong academic background;
an active law license in at least one state and, if that state is not Texas, be licensed by the Texas State Bar within one year of hire;
at least six years’ experience as a litigator; and
ability and willingness to travel (typically about 25% of the year).
A strong preference will be given to candidates who:
are licensed by the State Bar of Texas;
are local residents;
have experience in employment litigation and/or railroad litigation;
have experience drafting pleadings and appeal briefs, motions, and written discovery;
have experience with Federal agency litigation, including the DOL’s Office of Administrative Law Judges; and
have experience litigating cases in federal courts
Salary range: $115,000-$158,800