Reports to the Assistant General Counsel - Regulatory.
Located in Columbus, OH.
Provides legal advice to clients on matters of varying complexity.
Combines knowledge of one or more legal specialties with sound business acumen, and knowledge of business goals and objectives.
Senior Counsel: Has significant experience and subject matter expertise. Will typically have at least 5 - 10 years of regulatory experience.
Counsel: Will typically work in conjunction with and receive direction from more senior attorneys.
Resolves legal issues and provides proactive, business-savvy legal advice and counsel.
Manages complex matters.
Works with outside counsel on select matters.
Anticipates internal/external business and regulatory issues and provides applicable legal advice.
Drafts, reviews and revises legal documents.
Negotiates with outside parties on regulatory, contractual issues and legal disputes.
Assists in training clients on legal issues.
Communicates with clients regarding status updates.
Practice Area Specific Responsibilities
Prosecute cases before the Ohio and Kentucky utility commissions
Personally handle all aspects of administrative litigation, including settlement negotiations, trial preparation, discovery, and litigation
Prepare comments and responsive documents for rulemaking proceedings, or manage outside counsel in preparing comments
Assist with the review and drafting of legislation
Prepare applications to perform new services or amend existing tariffs
Prepare, draft and review applications for various filings such as financing approvals, tracker requests, waivers, etc.
Prepare rate case filings and participate in all aspects of rate case hearing, including discovery, witness preparation, filing motions, etc.
Advise and counsel clients on regulated agreements and projects
Counsel clients on new regulatory rules and put processes in place to ensure compliance with new rules
Negotiate and draft contracts with customers for regulated tariff services as well as special contracts.
Prepare and prosecute facility siting applications
Represent the company in investigations and customer complaints before regulatory commissions
Work closely with the compliance and customer services teams to resolve informal customer complaints and inquiries
Conducts legal research
Member in good standing of Ohio bar required; member in good standing in Kentucky bar or willingness to become licensed in Kentucky
Experience in the utility industry or other regulated industry is strongly preferred.
Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate and interact effectively at all levels of the organization.
Experience with independent case handling responsibility
Demonstrated ability to balance the legal issues of a project with the goals of the business through the demonstration of strong, pragmatic business acumen and the ability to recognize the business consequences of legal advice.
Strong, logical critical thinking skills with the ability to apply abstract concepts of law to make timely, well-reasoned and appropriate decisions to solve problems.
Excellent negotiation and mediation skills.
Strong advocacy skills.
Skilled at managing multiple tasks simultaneously and effectively.
Ability to function autonomously, yet understands necessity of advising management of work progress and any unusual situations.
Ability to work independently and efficiently under time pressures and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Adaptable to changing environments.
Ability to work with and lead cross functional teams.
Demonstrated sound judgment.
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills including ability to engender trust, respect and confidence.
Exemplary personal and professional integrity and business ethics.
Commitment to diversity and a respect for others.
Overtime and some travel are required.
For immediate consideration, please apply on-line at careers.nisource.com before May 29th!
We're a leading natural gas and electric utility company. Our over 8,000 employees ensure Columbia Gas and NIPSCO customers have the energy they need across seven states.
Focused on strategically investing in our energy infrastructure – between $1.8 billion - $1.9 billion annually through 2020 – we will be able to meet our customer commitments for the next 100 years.
It’s all about our customers. By investing at record levels, we’re:
Improving reliability and safety for our customers and our communities
Making it easier for customers to do business with us
Providing additional access to natural gas and electric service
Reducing emissions and preserving our natural resources
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