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Counsel, Franchise Law & Dealer Relations

Date: Jan 10, 2023

Location: Fountain Valley, CA, US, 92708

Company: Hyundai Motor America

At Hyundai, we’ve rethought our business and created cars that combine performance, quality, design and innovation into a complete package.

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At Hyundai, we understand you're not just building a career – you're building a life. We believe in our people and realize that our success is a direct result of our commitment in offering you great opportunities for your career. If you would enjoy working in a dynamic environment and are looking for a chance to become part of a stellar team of professionals, we invite you to apply online today.




~ Provide legal advice and counsel to various Hyundai business units as it relates to their interaction with HMA’s dealer network.

~ Provide support and guidance to members of the Hyundai business units in connection with rollout of programs or corporate initiatives. 

~ Handle and/or provide assistance in the management of dealer litigation and issues affecting the manufacturer/dealer relationship.

~ Manage the discovery processes for manufacturer/dealer litigation and provide counsel on legal issues affecting the manufacturer/dealer relationship.

~ Conduct legal research as needed. 


Major Responsibilities:

~ Render, on a timely basis, advice and counsel to the business units as it relates to general market representation issues affecting the manufacturer.

~ Provide training to the field in connection with the manufacturer’s sales evaluation program.

~ Work on the construction of various dealer-facing manufacturer initiatives introduced by the company from time to time.

~ Manage and assist with manufacturer/dealer litigation across the country.  This includes supervising the matter, formulating case strategies and tactics, marshaling the company resources for prosecution of the case, and handling discovery.

~ Oversee the franchise team’s discovery processes.

~ Prepare detailed responses to discovery requests including interrogatories, requests for production of documents and requests for admissions on behalf of Hyundai.

~ Coordinate the preparation of document productions in response to requests for production of documents and subpoenas.

~ Assist Internal Audit and Finance on legal issues relating to dealer incentive and warranty audit matters; manage related dealer disputes and litigation.

~ Maintain current knowledge of and provide regular updates to National Sales and the Regions on recent developments in state dealer franchise laws, federal regulations and case law.

~ Conduct, as needed, research into various state law franchise affairs.  Prepare memoranda regarding the same.

~ Provide counsel to National Sales and HMA’s Regions on legal issues affecting the manufacturer/dealer relationship, including interpretation of HMA’s dealer agreement, distribution, and incentive and pricing issues.

~ Draft and/or review documents relating to market representation actions and dealer transactions with HMA, including letters of intent, relocation commitment letters, default notices, termination notices, asset purchase agreements, dealer appointment notices to state agencies, dealer financial assistance requests and internal market studies.

~ Some travel required. 




~ Bachelor’s degree required.

~ Juris Doctorate required.


Related Experience:

~ Four or more years of experience in business litigation required; automotive franchise law or automotive franchise affairs experience highly preferred and suggested.


Skill / Knowledge:

~ Strong analytical skills, strong drafting and negotiation skills, strong oral and written communication skills.

~ A strong understanding of automotive dealer operations and networks.

~ Excellent people skills.

~ Team-oriented and willing to work collectively.

~ Strong work ethic essential. 

~ Self-motivated and innovative.


Certification Required:

~ Member California State Bar Association


Work Model




$95,850.00 - $142,000.00 Annual



​​​​​​Actual pay will be based on skills, experience and education. Our total rewards package includes base salary, bonus and benefits. Benefits include healthcare insurance (medical/prescription, dental, vision), 401(k) company match, a quarterly employer enhanced contribution, basic life insurance, short- and long-term disability, employee assistance program (work/life balance programs and confidential counseling), expert medical services (provider referrals, second opinion), business travel accident insurance, health advocacy (coordinate care and services, assistance with claim and billing issues, understanding Hyundai benefits), annual discretionary bonus, accrued vacation pay, company provided sick pay, vehicle lease program (monthly fee includes insurance and maintenance).


Our Company adheres to the equal employment opportunity guidelines set forth by federal, state and local laws.  The information requested on this form is sought in good faith and will not be used to discriminate against the applicant based on race, religion or creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, marital status, sex or gender (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, or related circumstances), gender identity, gender expression, age, citizenship, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, military and veteran status, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state and local laws.

Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles