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Established in 1806 as a small soap and candle business in New York City, Colgate-Palmolive is now a truly global company with products sold in over 200 countries and territories under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, Haci Sakir, Suavitel, PCA SKIN, EltaMD, Filorga and Hello as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading consumer products company that serves hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide with brands and products across four core businesses – Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. We are committed to offering products that make lives healthier and more enjoyable, and programs that enrich communities around the world.

Every day millions of people trust our products to care for themselves and the ones they love. Our goal is to use our technology to create products that will continue to improve the quality of life for our consumers wherever they live.

A career at Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Litigation/Senior Litigation Counsel

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 18, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 155014 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day consists of working in a global organization, continually learning and collaborating, having stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions!


If this is how you see your career, Colgate is the place to be!


Our dependable household brands, dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments make us a company passionate about building a future to smile about for our employees, consumers, and surrounding communities. The pride in our brand fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, champions experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success.


If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile...every single day.


We are looking for two experienced litigators to help manage the Company's talc product liability cases, consumer class actions, and general commercial litigation matters. Reporting into the Chief Litigation Counsel, these roles are based in our Piscataway, NJ office and operate on a hybrid model. 


What you will do

  • Litigate matters under the supervision of the Chief Litigation Counsel, with responsibility for management, coordination, and strategy of portions of the Company’s talc product liability litigation, consumer class actions and general commercial litigation, as well as the evaluation and resolution of pre-litigation demands.

  • Defend the Company in civil litigation, arbitrations, mediations and government agency hearings, and in response to pre-litigation demands. Coordinate communications between outside counsel and the Company’s in-house legal organization and Company senior management.

  • Conduct internal fact investigations and early evaluation and assessments relating to case-specific legal and factual issues. Participate in the preparation or depositions of corporate representatives and current/former Company employees.  Oversee the Company’s relationships with its retained experts and third party vendors for Litigation matters. Collect and review documents as part of the Company’s litigation risk assessment. Liaise with opposing counsel on litigation matters, including settlement negotiations. Coordinate the Company’s response, along with Consumer Affairs, to significant consumer product complaints.  Attend court conferences and hearings as needed.  Review and edit pleadings, including motions, statements, memoranda, legal briefs, and affidavits. Assist with the preparation of responses to interrogatories, subpoenas, documents requests, and requests for admission. Counsel the business and assist with risk assessments relating to marketing and advertising campaigns. Conduct legal research. Assist with Litigation Hold and Document Management Program oversight. Assist with the preparation of quarterly and year-end Auditor reports, SEC filings and updates to the Company’s Board of Directors.


Required qualifications

  • Undergraduate and JD degrees
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of litigation experience within a major law firm or large company


Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with talcum powder or asbestos litigation, marketing and false advertising litigation, class action litigiation, and/or general commercial litigation
  • Experience with intellectual property litigation and/or conducting internal investigations 



Salary Range $142,400 - $207,900 USD
Pay is based on several non discriminatory factors including but not limited to experience, education, skills and office location. In addition to your salary, Colgate-Palmolive offers a performance based bonus and competitive benefits package.


Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status (United States positions), or any other characteristic protected by law.

Are you interested in working for Colgate-Palmolive? You can apply online and attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process. Become part of our team. We look forward to your application!


Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, Elta MD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. 


For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit To learn more about Hill's and the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program please visit To learn more about Tom’s of Maine  please visit


Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

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