Counsel/Senior Counsel

08 Jan, 2022


Counsel/Senior Counsel

American Petroleum Institute
Washington, DC

JOB PURPOSE Provide legal services, advice and counsel in assigned subject matter areas. Work product shall display imagination, accuracy and completeness, while meeting applicable deadlines and client needs.


  • Provide integral legal counsel and strategic advice on assigned legislative, regulatory and corporate issues as requested by the General Counsel, Assistant General Counsel and assigned client groups.
  • Provide legal services in support of API Law Committee and its subcommittees: Subcommittee on Environmental, Health and Safety Law, Subcommittee on Exploration and Production Law and Marketing Law Subcommittee.
  • Independently work with other API departments, offices, committees and member companies on a portfolio of issues affecting the industry to identify needs and opportunities for legal counsel, services and advice, and deliver such advice and counsel efficiently and effectively.  Identify legal issues presented by proposed government regulation, legislation or policy and manage such issues with appropriate client groups.  This includes the drafting of legal memoranda and briefs, review of client committee agendas and minutes, attendance at client committee meetings, and if appropriate, the preparation and review of testimony, industry comments for administrative rulemakings, agency submissions, policy papers, and talking points on issues important to the industry, the Institute or its members.
  • Participate in legislative and regulatory proceedings within assigned subject matter areas. The attorney will work with designated API staff and committees on issue and strategy development, consensus gathering, conflict resolution, and coalition-building with other organizations, etc.
  • Identify issues appropriate for litigation; manage, direct and engage in litigation or other judicial proceedings (in-house or through use of outside counsel as appropriate) within assigned subject matter areas.



  • Law degree from ABA accredited law school.
  • 5 – 10 years of experience required for Counsel. 10+ years required for Senior Counsel, with relevant legal experience in oil and natural gas subject matter a plus.
  • Must have knowledge and experience in litigation, with experience in environmental or natural resources law, and federal administrative law preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and consensus-building skills, and the ability to project credibility to clients, government officials, the media and the public, required.

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Job posted: 2022-01-08