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13 Oct 2022

Full-Time Senior Counsel

Hovattera – Posted by Unitil Hampton, New Hampshire, United States

Job Description

Senior Counsel


 Position Title: Senior CounselReports to: Chief Regulatory Counsel
Company: Unitil Service Corp.Department: Financial Services
Starting Salary: $129,572 – $161,965 Annually


Our Company


More than a utility company, Unitil provides energy for life. Our work helps keep homes comfortable, businesses thriving and communities connected. Unitil is an investor-owned public utility proudly serving Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. We are dedicated to delivering energy to our customers safely and reliably.

Unitil is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our employees, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success of Unitil is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity and value our employees.

Take advantage of a comprehensive benefits package.

Unitil offers competitive salaries, a consumer-driven health plan, dental and vision coverage, flexible work, company-paid holidays, a, robust, highly competitive retirement plan and educational assistance.

*Note: Benefit offerings may differ between union and non-union employee groups

Position Purpose:

Assists in regulatory legal matters and strategy development across applicable utility regulatory jurisdictions (New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and relevant federal agencies). Provides legal counsel and guidance on business legal matters and associated litigation. Provides legal advice, reviews business documents, negotiates business agreements and assists in the understanding of business and regulatory laws. Oversees and represents the company in legal proceedings on an assortment of business and regulatory matters, including general liability claims and litigation. Manages programs and outside service providers to investigate, evaluate and resolve legal matters and associated litigation.

Principal Accountabilities:

Utility Regulation

Under the direction of and in consultation with the Chief Regulatory Counsel, conducts, oversees and manages electric and gas utility regulatory proceedings and associated legal matters, including, but not limited to:

  • Representation of the Company’s subsidiaries before jurisdictional regulatory agencies
  • Active participation in and responsibility for the development and implementation of regulatory strategy
  • Development and preparation of substantive legal and technical positions
  • Management and oversight, along with Regulatory Services, of regulatory filings and compliance reporting
  • Management and oversight of discovery processes
  • Management and oversight of hearings, witness preparation, cross- and direct examination of witnesses
  • Preparation of briefs, memoranda and position papers, as required
  • Manages and coordinates participation in settlement negotiations and related resolution of outstanding matters
  • Timely advises Senior Management of regulatory developments

At the direction of and in consultation with the Chief Regulatory Counsel:

  • Participates in business litigation matters from initiation to resolution, utilizing outside counsel and other service providers as appropriate.
  • Participates in the selection, retention and evaluation of outside counsel and other service providers representing the company on business legal matters and litigation activities.

Claims and Investigations:

  • Participates in the initial/ongoing investigations of claims and events that have, or potentially could, result in major general liability claims/litigation.
  • Advises executive management on the conduct and resolution of these major claims through the settlement or legal process.
  • Assists with the investigation, evaluation and resolution of general liability claims.

Business Affairs:

  • Participates in the development and drafting of business policies, procedures and programs.
  • Participates in the drafting, negotiation and review of contracts and contracting policies.
  • Provides legal advice and guidance on an assortment of business transactions
  • Advises and provides guidance on compliance with applicable federal and state corporation laws and regulations.
  • Advises and provides guidance on legal aspects of the company’s financings and business transactions.



A Juris Doctorate degree and bar admission in New Hampshire is required. The ideal candidate will also be admitted to the bars in Maine and Massachusetts.

At least seven years’ experience in a like position demonstrating strong supervisory, organizational, communication, investigative, writing, negotiation and litigation skills. Familiarity with gas and electric utility regulation and operating activities is a plus.


Unitil is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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How to Apply

To apply for this position, visit https://www.unitil.com/careers

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.


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