Writers Guild of America, West

Writers Guild of America, West


Based in Los Angeles, CA


The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) is a dynamic, democratic, progressive labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels.

Under the direction and supervision of the Assistant General Counsel, Counsel is responsible for enforcement of the Guild’s collective bargaining agreements and writers’ contracts (including employment, purchase and/or option contracts) through arbitration, litigation, and proceedings before the NLRB or state administrative agencies.

This position is a full-time, exempt (salaried) position with excellent comprehensive benefits.

The WGAW is currently operating remotely, but the position is based in Los Angeles when in-office work is able to resume based on local public health guidelines. Return to in-office work will be based on a hybrid schedule of 3 days in-office and 2 days remote.


  1. Handle a large caseload including many cases of substantial complexity
  2. Investigate each case and prepare the case for hearing/trial by interviewing potential witnesses, preparing subpoenas, compiling and analyzing contracts, financial records, statistical information, bargaining history and other documentary evidence
  3. Conduct arbitration hearings, trials and other hearings on behalf of the Guild and writers
  4. Conduct bargaining history and legal research related to cases and potential cases
  5. Write briefs and other legal documents containing analysis of facts, legal and arbitral precedent, legal principles and argument
  6. Negotiate settlement of disputes when possible
  7. Prepare legal documents for court and other tribunals
  8. Perform other duties as required


  1. Advise and assist other Guild departments regarding legal issues and assist executive staff as required by the Senior Director of Legal Services
  2. Prepare reports for appropriate persons and entities, such as Executive Director, Assistant Executive Directors, Enforcement Task Force and Board of Directors as required by the Senior Director of Legal Services


  1. Graduation from law school with a J.D. degree and admission to California State Bar required
  2. Two – six years of experience required
  3. 2nd chair trial and/or binding arbitration helpful
  4. NLRB and wage & hour law experience a plus
  5. Excellent analytical, advocacy and writing skills required
  6. Must be computer literate
  7. Good math skills also helpful

To Apply:
Email résumé with writing sample and salary requirements to the Human Resources Department of the Writers Guild at recruitment[at]wga.org.

WGAW is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage qualified people with diverse backgrounds to apply.

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