Job Summary The Associate General Counsel reports to a Senior Director – Government Affairs and Public Policy in the company’s State Government Affairs organization, serving as CenturyLink’s attorney in matters before various state public utility commissions. This position works closely with CenturyLink’s Government Affairs Directors in multiple states, as well as with policy experts and other regulatory and legislative analysts to support the company’s regulatory, legislative, and business objectives.
Represent the company before state public utility commissions in both contested case matters and in rulemaking projects, and as an advocate in other matters; from time to time represent the company before other state administrative agencies and local authorities
Act as lead attorney in litigation before state public utility commissions involving complex technical, economic, legal, and policy issues, including (but not limited to) drafting of pleadings, motions, and legal briefs, presenting witnesses and conducting cross examination, and managing litigation-related tasks such as development of discovery requests, production of discovery responses, and development of witness testimony
Provide expert legal advice on complex matters regarding telecommunications regulation, including drafting of legal and regulatory analyses and risk assessments
Provide ongoing legal support to business units and the internal government affairs team to ensure compliance with both new and existing utility laws and regulations, and proactively monitor regulatory and legal developments that may impact the business of the company
Engage with and negotiate with other parties, such as litigants, complainants, business competitors, property owners and managers, other utilities such as railroads, and state and local authorities
Draft and edit letters, notices, policy statements, tariff provisions, rulemaking comments, and proposed legislation; may occasionally be required to interpret contracts and other commercial instruments and may draft or edit such documents
Work closely with other internal regulatory affairs, legislative affairs, and policy experts to develop proactive strategies for achieving the business objectives of the company
8-10 years of relevant legal experience, preferably with experience in state or federal administrative law or litigation related to the regulation and business of telecommunications and information services
Excellent writing and oral communication skills
Experience drafting relevant documents, particularly legal briefs, rulemaking comments and proposed legislation – including general familiarity with document development via Word and Excel.
In-depth knowledge or demonstrated ability to gain knowledge of complex technical and economic concepts related to a network-related industry, preferably involving telecommunications and/or information technology
Demonstrated leadership and teamwork skills achieving stated objectives while managing varied projects and a sometimes-heavy workload
Demonstrated client relationship skills to continuously coordinate with internal business units and other internal legal groups
Demonstrated self-starter requiring minimal supervision with the ability to gain required knowledge of new business and legal developments
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