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ProfileDirector, Legal and Regulatory Affairs Duties: Act as in house subject matter expert on all regulatory legal issues impacting lines of business in a dynamic and changing industry. Handle complex legal issues and provide advice and counsel related to utility regulation including litigation, tariff review, proposed legislation, compliance requirements and customer complaints; provide research and writing as to regulatory requirements; assist in the preparation of filings and assist in the preparation of testimony in proceedings, including rate cases, while developing close relationships and representing the Company at the state utilities commission’s. Review decisions of courts, other states and the federal government to determine precedent in regulatory legal matters. Draft and revise legal opinions, rules and regulations, including explaining and defending company goals and objectives. Advise superiors on the probable legal or other impact of proposed changes in rules, regulations, and applicable laws. Revew files, records and briefs and perform research on legal questions. Complete accurate and timely reports required for regulatory filings. Act as in house expert on regulatory issues including: state, local, federal regulations; and commissions. Represent the company at industry workshops at the commission’s or other organizations. Gather, analyze, and ensure consistency of all financial filings with key regulators. Ensure that all filings are consistent with proper financial reporting. Perform impact analysis of new regulations from a quantitative perspective. Identify financial risks associated therewith. Assist in execution of deferred energy and rate cases, including preparing witnesses before and during proceedings and hearing, before the commissioners, FERC and legislators. Support corporate governance functions for affiliates in multiple US jurisdictions, assist with due diligence relating to Mergers and Acquisitions, finance transactions and provide commercial advice and assistance to the regulatory team. Assist in preparation of financial and cost-based analyses to support future rate cases. Provide, upon request and contingent of availability of time, assistance to other similar utilities owned or controlled by Liberty Utilities. React and respond to external queries and requests relating to various legal issues. Assist in corporate initiatives in the creating and implementing of governance and corporate policies.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: JD Degree from a Accredited Law Schools with 5 years of experience in general corporate law with an emphasis and knowledge of regulatory law, contract review, drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements required. Licensed attorney to practice law and in good standing in all jurisdictions. Prior experience in government and/or regulatory environment required. Understanding of key business issues and requirements of the utility and resulting implications of specific legal issues. Proficient with computer applications including Microsoft Office Suite and the Internet. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
The Empire District Electric Company
602 Joplin Street
Joplin, MO 64801