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Sr. Attorney (Transmission) - Portland, OR (Remote available) - #107667

Date: Jun 14, 2022

Location: PORTLAND, OR, US, 97232

Company: PacifiCorp


PacifiCorp is seeking customer-centric candidates to grow and sustain our commitment to a culture of customer service excellence, environmental sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion.

General Purpose

Provides legal assessments, interpretations, recommendations, and representation on corporate policies and issues in compliance with federal, state, county, and municipal statutes and other legal authority.  Represents the Company in courts, formal hearings, administrative hearings, and/or board/regulatory meetings.  Provides counsel and legal assistance in the interpretation of statutes, legal opinions, and obligations.  Reviews and recommends application of Company and department policies to protect the Company's interests and objectives.  Prepares and reviews legal documents and/or contracts.  Oversees, selects, and directs outside legal counsel as appropriate. This may include, but is not limited to all policy, legal and regulatory matters relating to transmission facilities, wholesale transmission and interconnection service, and energy markets, with emphasis on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) regulations, including regulatory or litigation proceedings.


  • Provide legal support for transmission services, policy and strategy, including advice on FERC and regional energy policy issues with minimal supervision. 
  • Advise on transmission and interconnection tariff issues (Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT)and pre-OATT).
  • Advise on participation in energy markets and associated issues.
  • Advise on regulatory compliance issues, including tariff, WECC/NERC reliability standards and standards of conduct and affiliate compliance, and assist with training for company personnel. 
  • Advise management regarding industry developments and trends in judicial, regulatory or legislative outcomes.
  • Provide legal support for federal transmission and ancillary services rate development. 
  • Negotiate transmission, interconnection, system impact and facilities studies, and other types of commercial agreements. 
  • Develop legal assessments, interpretations, recommendations and opinions on laws, policies and regulatory issues. Develop and present recommendations to senior management within the organizational unit and the Company regarding courses of action.
  • Oversee, select, and direct outside legal counsel.
  • Recommend application of Company and department policies to protect the company's interests and objectives.
  • Represent the Company in administrative proceedings at federal and state agencies.
  • Draft filings, pleadings, petitions, and other submissions to regulatory and/or governmental agencies in response to formal regulatory proposals. Develop all forms of legal documents including contracts, pleadings, data requests, data request responses, testimony, regulatory documents, reports, and presentations.
  • Deliver high quality work product and sufficient legal controls on a timely basis to the Company's business units. 


  • Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school as well as the successful completion of the Bar exam in one or more states in which the company conducts business, or capable of becoming licensed in such states.
  • A minimum of five years related experience in a law firm, government or corporate legal department. 
  • Experience with FERC transmission regulation and policy.
  • Experience in tariff interpretation and reliability standards
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to assess implications of proposed actions/arguments and respond appropriately in private and public forums.
  • Ability to work as a team member, to maintain project timelines, manage and prioritize multiple legal initiatives, and deliver commitments, and offer excellent, customer-focused legal services to clients, employees, senior management and others.
  • Knowledge of research and analysis techniques and application of federal, state, and local government laws and regulations.  


  • Prior experience in energy law is a plus.
  • A combination of law firm and corporate experience strongly preferred.
  • Prior litigation or administrative law experience is preferred

Additional Information

Req Id: 107667

Company Code:   PacifiCorp

Primary Location: PORTLAND

Department: Pacific Power

Schedule: Full-Time

Personnel Subarea: ​ Exempt  

​Hiring Range: $145,900 - $171,600

This position is eligible for an annual discretionary performance incentive bonus of up to 20.00% of salary.


Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.


At PacifiCorp, we encourage everyone to work together. We embrace diversity and value the distinct perspectives of all our employees. We strive to cultivate a workplace that connects each employee to the organization and enables all individuals to participate and contribute to their full potential. 


It is PacifiCorp's policy to provide and promote equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations governing personnel activities. In accordance with federal guidelines, PacifiCorp is committed to a program of affirmative action. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.


All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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