Lead Counsel, Litigation

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What Airbnb is looking for in applicants

Airbnb is a mission-driven company dedicated to helping create a world where anyone can belong anywhere. It takes a unified team committed to our core values to achieve this goal. Airbnb's various functions embody the company's innovative spirit and our fast-moving team is committed to leading as a 21st century company.

Airbnb is seeking a highly qualified, experienced litigator for our risk and regulatory group. The Lead Counsel, Litigation, will report to Airbnb’s Associate General Counsel, Global Risk and Regulatory. This role will include litigation, investigations, and counseling on important, strategic matters. This job is for you if you work well with business people, have an upbeat and positive attitude, embrace adventure, and thrive in collaborative environments. Where some see obstacles, you see opportunities to find creative, practical solutions that advance Airbnb’s global mission.  You enjoy serving as a key contributor on high-stakes disputes and interacting with regulatory and administrative bodies. 

As Lead Counsel, Litigation you will: 

  • Provide oversight of and strategic leadership for a diverse range of complex litigation and pre-litigation matters in numerous jurisdictions.. 
  • Proactively address and resolve potential disputes while providing risk mitigation advice to business clients and supporting business objectives. 
  • Collaborate with compliance personnel, public policy experts, and other attorneys inside and outside Airbnb to help solve complex problems. 
  • Review and analyze legal risks for Airbnb, including on development of products and services. 
  • Devise processes and procedures to help support a rapidly growing, global business. 


  • J.D. from an accredited law school and strong academic credentials. 
  • Licensed attorney with 8-12+ years of significant litigation experience. 
  • Commercial tort, regulatory, antitrust, class action dispute, and trial experience preferred.
  • Experience at or representing technology companies strongly preferred.
  • Licensed attorney in good standing of the bar of at least one U.S. state or territory; California bar admission preferred.
  • Demonstrated record of successfully managing significant aspects of complex legal or regulatory matters. 
  • Highly motivated, efficient, and organized.
  • Able to juggle multiple projects at a time in a fast-paced environment, both collaborating as part of a team and working independently. 
  • Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal. 
  • Ability to advocate for a position while maintaining an open-minded approach. 
  • Interest in expanding the scope of your practice, attention to details, and comfort with ambiguity. 
  • Passion for travel and home sharing and deep appreciation for the Airbnb community. 
  • Good sense of humor, disdain for drama, and desire to get things done.

The starting base pay for this role is between $225,000 and $280,000. The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as: education, experience, and skills. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. This role may also be eligible for bonus, equity, benefits, and Employee Travel Credits.

Airbnb is committed to working with the best and brightest people from the broadest talent pool possible. We believe a diversity of ideas fosters innovation and engagement, and allows us to attract the best people and to develop the best products, services and solutions. Qualified individuals from all walks of life are encouraged to apply.

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