Director of Legal Services

Houston, TX 77058

Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Function: Legal Job ID:: 131854 Pay Range: $150,000-160,000 / year

Job Description

Director of Legal Services
Under the direction of the General Manager, the Director of Legal Services provides legal counsel to the General Manager, Board of Directors, and staff. In addition to serving as the  legal counsel, this position requires a highly experienced attorney with experience in a variety of legal matters including but not limited to governmental and open meetings act; real estate law; contract; litigation; purchasing, procurement, and surplus; records management and public information act; master engineering agreements and other professional services agreements; and employment law. The Director of Legal Services is responsible for expert guidance and sound legal advice to the organization and reports to the General Manager/CEO.

General Duties & Responsibilities

 
  • Serve as the first line of legal counsel as a strategic partner and provides support and consultation to the leadership team.
  • Oversee the daily operations of legal services, including, but not limited to, governmental and open meetings act; real estate law; contract; litigation; purchasing, procurement, and surplus; records management and public information act; master engineering agreements and other professional services agreements; and employment law.
  • Manage all disputes and litigation on behalf of the organization in consultation with the General
  • Manager/CEO and with appropriate support from external counsel, as needed.
  • Oversee negotiation of all legal contractions in preparation for General Manager or Board approval and signature.
  • Maintain working knowledge of acting and proposed state and federal legislation and requirements 
  • Prepare all legal documentation (e.g., contracts, real estate documents, briefs, opinions, ·etc.) while utilizing effective legal research and interpretation in their preparation.
  • Prepare and present oral and written legal opinions to the General Manager/CEO.
  • Prepare, review, and provide Board reports and attend regular and committee meetings
  • Assist with records management and requests for information.
  • Supervise in-house legal staff, as applicable, and outside counsel, as needed.

 

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws as well as regulatory agency provisions, that govern and may impact the organization.
  • Knowledge of TCEQ/EPA regulations and permits.
  • Knowledge of supervisory and management principles and practices.
  •  Knowledge of contracts, negotiations, real estate, employment, and litigation law.
  • Knowledge of local government law, including governmental immunity and tort liability principles.
  • Knowledge of Texas Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act.
  • Present information effectively and concisely in a public forum.

 

 

Education, certification, and experience required



 
  • Must possess a Juris Doctor from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • Significant experience of a minimum of ten (10) years practicing law in a variety of legal matters including but not limited to governmental and open meetings act; real estate law; contract; litigation; purchasing, procurement, and surplus; records management and public information act; master engineering agreements and other professional services agreements; and employment law.
  • Must have membership in the Texas State Bar or be able to obtain within six (6) months of employment and maintain membership as a condition of continued employment.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver's license and an insurable driving record

 



 

 

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