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Senior Legal Counsel

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JR03775 - JOB_POSTING-3-3049

Posted on 8 September, 2023

Dallas, Texas (United States of America)

Full time

Legal

About us:

The $1.6 billion North Tarrant Express 35W project spans 10.1 miles from I-30 in downtown Fort Worth to just south of the North Tarrant Parkway. The project is operated and maintained by a Cintra-led consortium. This project has improved mobility by adding additional road capacity through a combination of general highway lanes and continuous frontage roads, along with tolled express lanes that use variable pricing to keep traffic moving.

What makes us different? Our people come first. We want every single employee to develop both professionally and personally. With a strong focus on growth potential, we look to our internal employees as potential candidates for both national and international opportunities. We aim to achieve greatness by promoting from within every chance we get. We work hard and play hard and strive every day for success and achievement. With a diverse group of professionals working in a fast-paced environment, we achieve milestones constantly. And if that weren’t enough, we also offer our employees highly competitive insurance benefits, Paid Time Off, and a matching 401(k) program.

Job Description:

The Senior Legal Counsel will be responsible for reviewing, drafting, and negotiating extensive contracts related to the design, construction, and business operations in the transportation industry.  The individual will also perform a wide variety of legal functions relating to eminent domain, contracts, corporate governance, compliance, and claims management while directly reporting to the General Counsel, Dallas Highways, and Secretary to the Board of Directors.

As a Senior Legal Counsel this person should be able to work directly with commercial teams to review contracts and create resolutions while protecting the company from exposure to risk.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Negotiate and draft contracts pertaining to the company’s operations (e.g., construction and professional service contracts, supply agreements, license agreements, employment agreements, lease agreements).

  • Draft and review internal company policies and procedures.

  • Assist with Corporate Governance, including company organizational matters, filings, shareholder agreements, Board appointments.

  • Assist in the preparation and maintenance of Board documents, including surveys, resolutions, and written consents.

  • Manage insurance claims, asset recovery claims, and litigation, including management of outside counsel.

  • Assist with Corporate Compliance, including PIA/FOIA, lender obligations, audits, DOT compliance, FHWA compliance Management of Insurance (PI/PD) Claims.

  • Management of litigation, including the corporate insurance/risk management program and management of outside counsel

  • Research, draft, and maintain company records.

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities):

A successful candidate will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, interacting with senior level management, and functioning within an open-door team.  A successful attorney in this role will have an adaptable and organized personality. To perform this job successfully, an individual must have project management ability and be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to fulfill those duties.

Education & Experience:

  • Law Degree (J.D.) required

  • Bar License in Texas

  • 7-10+ years of substantive experience in business and commercial practice areas of law, including corporate commercial practice, business litigation, and ideally with experience in construction and transportation

  •  The successful candidate may have started off as a corporate attorney, a litigator and/or have prior in-house experience, but must have strong experience with construction contracts and compliance, be able to assess risks, and possess contract drafting and negotiation experience

Professional Qualities:

A successful candidate needs to be detail-oriented, engaging, and reliable. Construction industry familiarity would be ideal, and a large firm background and strong credentials are sought as well. An understanding and true interest in the infrastructure and construction industry will be key. 

  • Must be a self-starter

  • Ability to interact with colleagues in a self-managed team structure

  • Superior interpersonal communication, decision-making, project management, and negotiating skills

  • Must be able to assess risks and possess contract drafting and negotiation experience

  • Ability to interact with colleagues in a self-managed team structure

  • Must have legal research and writing skills and demonstrated communication skills

  • Must have interpersonal communication, decision-making, project management, and negotiating skills

Computer Skills:

  • Must be able to demonstrate computer proficiency, especially within Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet

  • Some travel required, may include occasional air travel

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include ability to adjust focus, as necessary to use a computer

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear

  • The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and sit

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