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Counsel Franchise & Regulatory

Posted November 18, 2022

McLean, VA
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The Global Legal team is responsible for administering Hilton's legal activities to ensure maximum protection while engaging in global business and ensuring compliance with the company's legal obligations.

What will I be doing? As Counsel, Franchise & Regulatory, you will be a member of the Americas Development Legal team and will provide legal support to our Company’s franchised hotel development teams as they work to grow the Company’s hotel portfolio worldwide. The ideal candidate will have experience with the hospitality industry and franchise business model. Responsibilities include providing substantive legal advice in the areas of franchising, franchise regulation, negotiating and drafting related legal documentation, and managing outside counsel. More specifically, you will:

  • Write, review, and administer Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs), franchise registrations, and renewals for Hilton’s 17 hotel brands around the world.
  • Help ensure enterprise-wide compliance with local franchise relationship laws with respect to Hilton’s franchise agreement terms, brand standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Update and maintain form agreements for transactions including new hotel development, re-licensing, and transfers (change of ownership), lender agreements (comfort letters), guarantees, promissory notes, and other contracts related to Hilton’s franchise estate.
  • Provide legal advice and training to both business partners and fellow legal team members on franchise legal issues that arise in the course of day-to-day business, including with respect to the potential impact of proposed legislation.
  • Provide support and assistance for special projects that may arise, such as the launching of new brands and implementation of new brand standards, commercial programs, and new market entry projects.


What are we looking for? We believe the success in this role will demonstrate itself through the following attributes and skills:

  • Strong writing, communication, and leadership skills
  • Strong work ethic and a desire to consistently perform at the highest level
  • A creative, business-minded, and strategic method for problem-solving and performance improvement within the department
  • A highly developed desire to support an inclusive and diverse workforce
  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with people from different backgrounds and cultures
  • The drive to provide outstanding customer service, with consistent attention to detail and the initiative to ensure responsive support
  • The ability to prioritize and undertake multiple projects and critical tasks with contending pressures against deadlines

To fulfill this role successfully, you should demonstrate the following minimum qualifications:

  • Three (3) to five (5) years of relevant experience, which should include practicing law at a leading law firm or corporation as a regulatory compliance and/or transactional attorney
  • Substantive experience in franchise law, regulatory and/or transactional
  • Experience interacting with business partners and developing trust
  • Detailed understanding of key legal concepts and ability to seamlessly relay them to business partners and other Legal team members
  • Admitted to practice law, active and in good standing with the Virginia State Bar, or with another state bar and registered, or be eligible to register, as in-house counsel with Virginia State Bar

It would be useful in this position for you to demonstrate the following capabilities and distinctions:

  • Experience with drafting Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs) and managing the franchise registration process
  • Experience with the hospitality industry
  • Experience working with U.S. state regulators

What is it like working for Hilton?

The future of hospitality is bright at Hilton: a leading global hospitality company with a diverse portfolio of world-class brands. Dedicated to filling the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, we have welcomed more than 3 billion guests in our more than 100-year history. Hilton is proud to have an award-winning workplace culture, and we are consistently named among one of the World’s Best Workplaces.

We support the mental and physical wellbeing of all Team Members, so they can Thrive, thanks to innovative programs and benefits such as workplace flexibility, career growth and development, and our Go Hilton travel discount program. Hilton prioritizes understanding and integrating our Team Members’ unique perspectives and voices—along with those of our Guests, Owners, Suppliers, and Partners—to cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment for all. Check out the Hilton Careers blog and Instagram to learn more about what it’s like to be on Team Hilton! 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We will ensure that qualified individuals with protected disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions of their role, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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(703) 883-1000

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About Hilton

Hilton is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 4,900 properties with over 800,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time.

We believe Hospitality isn’t just a job; it’s a journey of self-discovery, growth, community and cultures. Our Team Members are extraordinary professionals who work together to deliver exceptional experiences for all who walk through our doors. As we continue to grow and innovate, our Vision “to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality” has never faltered. We are more than a room for the night. We create heartfelt experiences for Guests, meaningful opportunities for Team Members, and a positive impact in our Communities.

We’re always on the lookout for executives, management, hotel operations, call center/reservationists, and students and graduates interested in joining any of the Hilton brands:

  • Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
  • Conrad Hotels & Resorts
  • Canopy by Hilton
  • Curio – A Collection by Hilton
  • Doubletree by Hilton
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Hampton by Hilton
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton
  • Hilton Grand Vacations
  • Tru by Hilton
  • Tapestry Collection by Hilton

If you appreciate the impact global travel can have on the world and know how to offer an exceptional hospitality experience, you may be just the person we are looking for to work as a Hilton Team Member.