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Director Corporate Counsel
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Director Corporate Counsel The candidate responsibilities will include: Provide solutions oriented, proactive, high quality, legal advice and counsel on a wide variety of matters, with a particular focus on utility regulatory matters, business development and corporate and commercial matters, including rates and other regulatory filings and hearings, and business development deal structure, document drafting, due diligence, and negotiations. These duties extend to real estate transactions (purchase, sale, and easements), engineering projects and environmental matters. Direct, participate in and assist in judicial and administrative proceedings, with responsibility for specific items or entire proceedings as appropriate. Such matters include: utility commission and environmental protection proceedings, general litigation, mediations, arbitrations, administrative hearings, customer complaint proceedings, and other dispute resolution proceedings. Provide legislative/regulatory evaluations and advice, including the drafting of proposed legislation or changes thereto and providing explanation of the organizations position on such matters for legislators and governmental stakeholders. Lead governance of PAC s. Represent the organization in making presentations before internal and external committees, boards, commissions, and/or other governmental organizations. Assist in the maximization of quality, cost and efficiency of acquired external legal services. Manage state legal budgets and spend. Report to Divisional General Counsel while providing services to state subsidiaries in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan. Perform other projects as assigned by the American Water Vice President and Deputy General Counsel or Executive Vice President and General Counsel and state Presidents. Must have expertise in one or more practice areas relevant to the business; i.e., public utility laws and regulations, corporate and commercial transactions such as mergers and acquisitions and other business development transactions, litigation, real estate transactions, environmental, and administrative law. Should have excellent written and oral communication, analytical and drafting skills. Must have Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school. Should have 7-10 years of experience as a licensed, practicing attorney with strong corporate and commercial experience desired (may have a combination of law firm and corporate experience). Licensed to practice in the state of Illinois or Missouri, with ability to obtain professional licensing reciprocity or corporate in-house attorney status in other divisional states, if available.
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