HIWU Litigation Counsel

Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit (HIWU)

Position Focus:    The HIWU Litigation Counsel is a key contributor to the Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit’s (HIWU) legal team, a division of Drug Free Sport International/International Doping Tests & Management (DFSI-IDTM).  This individual will operate in a fast-paced work environment, manage the prosecution of asserted violations, and effectively communicate with team members and relevant constituents to achieve first-class program management.  Contributions include the oversight of the processing of the Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC) Program’s asserted violations; lead arbitration matters, and provide legal advice and support to HIWU’s investigative function, as necessary.

Summary of Qualifications:   To successfully perform this role, the individual must be a critical thinker, effective communicator, organized, attentive to details, self-directed, and have sound legal knowledge.  The HIWU Litigation Counsel must uphold the company’s core values and mission, demonstrate integrity at the highest degree, and have a high desire to serve the company and its relevant constituents.  Essential requirements include:

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school and a member in good standing of a state bar association.
  • Minimum of five years of criminal or anti-doping litigation experience including before courts, arbitral bodies, or other forums.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent research, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
  • Knowledge of statutes, rules and regulations pertaining to relevant businesses.
  • Highly credible, ethical, and persuasive interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient understanding of business sensitivities and confidentiality.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and computer systems.
  • Passing a pre-employment screening including drug test, background check, confidentiality agreement, degree(s) verification, and professional reference checks.
  • Experience in and around the equine industry is a plus.
  • Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Handle the prosecution of asserted violations under the ADMC Program on behalf of HIWU.
  • Review documentation and other evidence underlying asserted violations under the ADMC Program.
  • Draft written submissions required under the ADMC Program including charge letters and briefs supporting the prosecution of asserted violations.
  • Prepare and present evidence, witnesses and arguments for hearings before the Arbitral Body and the Independent Adjudication Panel.
  • Handle appeals before Administrative Law Judges and the Federal Trade Commission in connection with the ADMC Program.
  • Collaborate with the HIWU General Counsel in connection with other litigation matters.
  • Provide legal advice and support to HIWU’s investigative function, as necessary.
  • Maintain knowledge of scientific, technological, and legal developments.
  • Liaise with outside counsel, as needed.
  • Ability to travel nationally, as needed.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned.


DescriptionCritical Success Factors
Planning and Organizational Development Ability to efficiently organize and prioritize multiple tasks. Effective at planning ahead, yet flexible with unexpected changes. Listens well and orientates quickly.Self-confident and self-starting; focused, resourceful, and adaptable; makes timely decisions; at ease working within deadlines; delivers objectives with meticulous attention to detail; displays critical thinking abilities.
Effective Communication Proficient in all forms of communication. Ability to connect with colleagues, relevant constituents, consultants and vendors. Create positive relationships at the organizational, contractor and vendor levels.Passionate about daily interaction with relevant constituents and colleagues; listens well, interprets accurately, and responds appropriately; chooses the right way to say the right things.
Service OrientationHas a propensity for serving the needs of relevant constituents.Attentive and decisive; follows up and follows through; first focus is to enhance business relationships.
Integrity and Reliability Takes personal responsibility for job performance; strict adherence to company and other relevant policies and procedures. Maintains high level of professionalism and confidentiality.Positively responds to direction and constructive feedback; exhibits integrity and trustworthiness; makes informed decisions based on what is best for the company.
Motivation for AchievementStrong initiative; displays energy and enthusiasm in approaching the job. Generates ideas for improvement; initiates opportunities and recommends innovations. Goes above requirements; continually working toward exceeding expectations.Stays on target for 90-day and annual goals, with motivation to exceed objectives. Contributes to company success through continuous improvement.  Seeks additional responsibilities and grows within the position.


All external applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Andrayana Estes, Director of Human Resources at gro.u1675052300wih@r1675052300h1675052300.  All requested materials must be submitted for consideration.  This position is desired to be filled as soon as possible and application materials will be reviewed on an on-gong basis until filled.

Drug Free Sport, LLC does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, military status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.