Spire Energy Counsel, Regulatory in St Louis, Missouri
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Date: Jul 31, 2020
St Louis, MO, US, 63101
Company: Spire Inc.
At Spire, we believe energy exists to help people. To enrich their lives, grow their businesses, advance their communities. It’s a simple idea, but one that’s at the heart of our business. We’re dedicated to understanding our customers’ needs and goals to better serve them today and tomorrow. That’s why we’re always looking for driven, collaborative people to join our team. Because we believe that offering our customers the best service means bringing together the best people.
We value safety, inclusion, and integrity. We connect to people, get the job done, and leave a memory and everything about our culture comes back to one thing: a handshake at the front door. We have 4 essential behaviors that show how the Spire culture comes to life:
Living Spire Behaviors
We Collaborate: We reach across boundaries to connect with each other and deliver on our promises. We put teamwork first, knowing that our collective energy makes us stronger.
We Care: We create good memories by treating people how we want to be treated: We are inclusive, respectful and kind. We actively create a caring culture that feels like a handshake at the front door.
We Advance: We are active learners who never stop looking for ways to innovate and improve ourselves, and our company. We embrace ongoing development and process improvement with passion and tenacity.
We Have Perspective: We strive to gain additional perspective about Spire’s business and the ever-changing energy industry. We know that every employee plays an important role in Spire’s success, and we give our best to better understand how to help move the company forward.
This position is primarily responsible for providing legal representation of Spire Missouri Inc. in regulatory matters before the Missouri Public Service Commission. This position will also provide legal representation of Spire Alabama Inc., Spire Gulf Inc. and Spire Mississippi Inc. in regulatory matters before their respective public service commissions. Work may also include management and litigation of regulatory appeals before the appellate and Supreme Court of Missouri or other state and federal tribunals. This position will also provide, as requested, representation of the gas utilities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Finally, this position will assist in the defense and prosecution of civil litigation, and negotiation of real estate interests.
Duties and Responsibilities
Providing direct legal representation of Spire’s gas utilities regarding state regulatory matters, including legal representation of Spire’s gas utilities before the Missouri Public Service Commission, the Alabama Public Service Commission, and the Mississippi Public Service Commission; developing and implementing litigation strategy and tactics; preparing or reviewing preparation of pleadings, protests, comments and other filings; drafting discovery and preparing responses to discovery requests; researching statutory and case law as necessary, supervising witness and expert testimony preparation; developing settlement strategy and negotiating settlements when appropriate; representing Spire entities or supervising the representation of Spire entities at evidentiary hearings and settlement conferences; preparing or supervising the preparation of post-hearing briefs; and preparing or supervising preparation of appellate briefs and oral arguments on appeal. This position will be primarily responsible for the litigation of customer complaints filed with the state regulatory commissions.
Providing direct legal representation of Spire entities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including providing legal advice and counsel to the management of Spire’s gas utilities regarding FERC matters, including representing Spire entities at the FERC, directly, or through outside counsel, in matters involving the gas utilities’ interstate pipeline suppliers, including preparation and/or review of interventions in and protests of pipeline rate, tariff and certificate matters, developing and implementing litigation and settlement strategy and tactics, supervising witness and expert testimony preparation; representing Spire entities or supervising the representation of Spire entities at evidentiary hearings, settlement conferences and technical conferences; preparing/supervising preparation of post-hearing briefs; preparing/filing rehearing requests and appeals of FERC orders; preparing/supervising preparation of appellate briefs and oral arguments on appeal.
Keeping Legal Department management and, as appropriate, utility senior management and the Spire Leadership Council, advised on all material activities.
Provide legal advice and counsel to all departments with regard to compliance with regulations, Commission orders, statutory and case law as it applies to regulatory requirements
Develop, supervise, consult, direct and/or perform legal services in other aspects of the corporation’s legal needs. This shall include assisting in the defense and prosecution of civil litigation involving the gas utilities. Such matters may include defense of personal injury and property damage claims, gas incident litigation, and disputes with customers and suppliers.
Provide quality legal advice and counsel in a timely manner to senior management and all departments as requested
Regular attendance is considered an essential job functions
Keep abreast of federal and state regulatory policies affecting the gas and energy industry
Participation, as time permits, in trade association committee and bar association activities related to FERC and state public utility commission regulation
Consult with and advise on corporate and goals regarding the corporation’s strategy, as necessary
Perform research and continue legal education to stay current with statutes, case law and regulatory policies governing the energy industry.
Responsible for project management of other employees in the context of regulatory and court proceedings.
Ability to supervise more junior attorneys and non-attorney staff
Required Education (certifications, licenses)
A law degree from an American Bar Association-accredited law school
License to practice law in the State of Missouri or Alabama or an ability and willingness to become a member (or limited member) of the Missouri Bar
Required knowledge, skill and abilities
Experience working in the regulated energy business, and in particular working with regulated public utilities, is preferred
Either at least three years’ experience practicing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or at least three years’ experience practicing before a state public service commission, including significant (senior associate level) responsibility of litigated regulatory matters
Strong legal advocacy and writing skills
Knowledge of public utility law
Knowledge of energy law
Knowledge of administrative law
Strong writing and advocacy skills
Ability to present and conduct contested cases (first chair)
Ability to analyze the value of positions taken in administrative proceedings
Ability to negotiate favorable settlements for the companies
Ability to select appropriate expert witnesses
Ability to prepare witnesses for deposition or hearing in an administrative setting
Ability to analyze legal questions and produce legal documents, including trial and appellate briefs
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
Strong problem solving and decision-making skills
Ability to establish effective interpersonal business relationships with business partners, counter-parties, commission staff personnel and co-workers
Ability to cooperate and foster an atmosphere of cooperation and teamwork
Strong leadership skills
Ability to think strategically, with strong business acumen
Strong project management skills would be a plus
Experience with personal injury, Workers’ Compensation, or commercial litigation a plus
Experience drafting and negotiating easements, leases, or similar property interests a plus
Knowledge of natural gas distribution or transmission systems a plus
Physical demands, environment and schedule
Typically 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
May be required to work late one or two evenings per week
May be required to work one weekend per month
May be required to work on holidays several times a year
Some additional night and weekend work may be required during periods of litigation, negotiation, or during the performance of other large projects
Travel to Washington, DC, Jefferson City, MO, Montgomery, AL and Jackson, MS, will be required
We Have Perspective
Spire accepts online applications through our career site at jobs.spireenergy.com
The above posting description is intended to describe the general nature of the level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Spire, Inc., and its subsidiaries are Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all areas, including but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, selection, training, education, compensation, benefits, promotion, job transfer, upgrading, separation and recall regardless of the individual’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, and/or other protected categories under all Federal, State, and local laws. For more information, please view our Integrity and Inclusion pages of our career site.
Job Location: St Louis
Job Segment: Regulatory Affairs, Law, Compliance, Pipeline, Legal, Customer Service, Energy
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