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Senior Counsel - Regulatory in Harrisburg, PA at NiSource

Date Posted: 6/6/2018

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Job Description


  • Reports to the Assistant General Counsel  Regulatory.
  • Located in Canonsburg or Harrisburg, PA
  • Provides legal advice to clients on matters of varying complexity. 
  • Applies legal knowledge to business issues, while developing subject matter expertise and knowledge of the company/industry. 
  • Will typically work in conjunction with and may receive specific direction from more senior attorneys. 
  • Combines knowledge of one or more legal specialties with sound business acumen, and knowledge of business goals and objectives.  
  • Senior Counsel: licensed attorney with significant experience in the utility industry or other regulated industry with preference for familiarity with regulatory matters before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and/or the Maryland Public Service Commission and associated subject matter expertise. Will typically have at least 5 years of experience.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Resolves legal issues and provides proactive legal advice and counsel.
  • Drafts legal documents.
  • Researches and summarizes laws and cases.
  • Works with outside counsel on select matters.
  • Communicates with clients regarding status updates.

 Practice Area Specific Responsibilities:

  • Prosecute cases before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, the Maryland Public Service Commission, and other state regulatory commissions, as needed
  • Personally handle all aspects of administrative litigation, including trial preparation, discovery, and litigation
  • Works with and manages outside counsel on select matters
  • Prepare comments and responsive documents for rulemaking proceedings, or manage outside counsel in preparing comments
  • Prepare certificate filings
  • 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, including hearing, discovery, witness preparation, filing motions, etc.
  • Negotiate settlements and contracts 
  • Advise and counsel clients on regulated agreements and projects
  • Counsel clients on new regulatory rules and put processes in place to comply with new rules
  • Negotiate and draft contracts with customers for regulated tariff services
  • Defend the company against customer complaints before regulatorycommission
  • Represent company in connection with formal or informal complaint proceedings or investigations
  • Trains business partners
  • Conduct legal research in support of company initiatives.
  • Juris Doctor degree from accredited law school.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate and interact effectively at all levels of the organization.
  • Relevant legal experience within a governmental agency, reputable law firm, or in-house legal department of a mid to large size corporation is preferred.
  • Experience in the utility industry or other regulated industry is preferred.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in one or more jurisdictions; admission to Pennsylvania and/or Maryland bar strongly preferred; willingness/eligibility to join both required
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated application of sound logic with the ability to apply abstract concepts of law to make timely, well-reasoned and appropriate decisions to solve problems.
  • Knowledge and experience with financial principles and comfort with accounting practices is desirable.
  • Strong advocacy skills.
  • Ability to function autonomously, yet understands necessity of advising management of work progress and any unusual situations.
  • Skilled at managing multiple tasks simultaneously and effectively.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently under time pressures and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams.
  • Adaptable to changing environments.
  • Demonstrated application of sound judgment.
  • Strong 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.

Additional Information:

  • Overtime and some travel are required.
Inclusion & Diversity

Value inclusion within your day to day responsibilities by respecting others' perspectives/convictions, engaging others' opinions, creating a safe environment where people, ideas, and opinions are valued within your Team/Customers and external partners.

Respect and take into consideration diversity within your Team/Customers and external work partners by valuing different world views, challenges, and cultures that represent all walks of life and all backgrounds.

Treat others with respect and consideration.  Actively participate in creating and contributing to a positive work environment.

How To Apply

For immediate consideration, please apply on-line at on or before July 4th!

Equal Employment Opportunity

NiSource is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in each of its companies to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, disability, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any protected group status as defined by law. Each employee is expected to abide by this principle.

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