Sr Regulatory Affairs Attorney

22 Aug, 2023


Sr Regulatory Affairs Attorney

Southwest Airlines
Arlington, VA


Governmental Affairs

Our Company Promise

We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for improving the effectiveness of Southwest Airlines. Above all, Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest Customer.

Job Description:

The People of Southwest Airlines come together to deliver on our Purpose, which is to connect People to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel. The Senior Regulatory Affairs Attorney invests in the future of Southwest’s People by providing regulatory counsel across the Company on federal regulations, rulemaking, and legislation concerning aviation competition, commercial issues, safety, security, and operations. This role engages in written and oral advocacy with federal agencies and offices, as well as working with aviation industry colleagues and interest groups, and other relevant parties on significant issues facing the Company. The Senior Regulatory Affairs Attorney is detail-oriented and has strong interpersonal and communication skills to support the Governmental Affairs Federal Team at Southwest.

 Additional details:

  • The culture of Southwest Airlines means we embrace a flexible workplace and value the camaraderie, collaboration, and innovation that occurs when we come together and interact face-to-face at our vibrant Corporate Campus. This role is a hybrid position based out of our Washington D.C. office, which requires Employees to work onsite on our DC office at least three days a week. The Department designates the specific three days of the week Employees must work on-site.
  • U.S. citizenship or current authorization to work in the U.S. is required, and no current or future work authorization sponsorship available.

Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We continue to look for opportunities to reflect the communities we serve, and welcome applicants with diverse thoughts, backgrounds, and experiences.


  • Exhibits an expertise in aviation-related regulatory, legislative, administrative, and/or competition law, provides strategic regulatory counsel and guidance
  • Represents the Company in administrative proceedings and investigations; coordinates and manages outside counsel in contested proceedings where necessary
  • Develops and executes strategies to accomplish the Company’s regulatory priorities
  • Develops policy positions on federal regulatory issues for the Company and the industry
  • Negotiates and advocates on behalf of the Company with federal agencies
  • Assists other Departments within the Company by providing regulatory counsel and strategic advice on federal regulatory matters
  • Monitors federal agency activity and anticipates government action
  • Analyzes, researches, and summarizes regulatory and legal issues before federal agencies and briefs relevant leaders within Governmental Affairs and across the Company
  • Leads Company work on specific federal rulemakings, including by executing pro-active government outreach prior to rulemakings, drafts and files individual Company comments, and/or negotiates, reviews, and influences trade association comments
  • Builds relationships with government attorneys, career staff, political appointees, and industry colleagues to ensure Company priorities are accomplished
  • May perform other job duties as directed by Employee’s Leaders

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proven legal expertise, experience, and abilities
  • Willingness to gain additional expertise and perform work in new areas of the law
  • Skilled in written and oral communication, ability to work effectively with all levels of Southwest Employees, Southwest executives, clients, outside counsel, vendors, and others
  • Skilled in interpersonal relationships, ability to work well with others as part of a team
  • Skilled in using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
  • Skilled in identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Skilled in considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Possesses excellent organizational skills and performs effectively on multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Pro-actively leads and coordinates initiatives on Company priorities
  • Ability to perform well under pressure
  • Ability to exercise judgment sufficient to handle and resolve issues related to sensitive and confidential legal matters


  • Required: Law degree from accredited law school, as well as high academic standing


  • Required: Advanced level experience as a licensed practicing attorney, with a practice focus on aviation-related regulatory and/or legislative matters.


  • Current member in good standing of one or more bar associations preferred

Physical Abilities

  • Ability to perform work duties from [limited space work station/desk/office area] for extended periods of time
  • Ability to communicate and interact with others in the English language to meet the demands of the job
  • Ability to use a computer and other office productivity tools with sufficient speed and accuracy to meet the demands of the job

Other Qualifications

  • Must maintain a well-groomed appearance per Company appearance standards as described in established guidelines
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be able to comply with Company attendance standards as described in established guidelines
  • Must be located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and willing to travel when required (e.g., to Dallas headquarters for meetings/presentations and other projects)
  • Must be able to work flexible schedule to include non-business days and hours as needed to meet client needs

Pay & Benefits:

Competitive market salary from $186,820 per year to $202,380 per year* depending on qualifications and experience. For eligible Leadership and individual contributor roles, additional bonus opportunities are available and awarded at the discretion of the company.

Benefits you’ll love:

• Fly for free, as a privilege, on any open seat on all Southwest flights (your eligible dependents too)

• Up to a 9.3% 401(k) Company match, dollar for dollar, of your eligible pay, per

paycheck *

• Potential for annual ProfitSharing contribution toward retirement – when

Southwest profits, you profit**

• Explore more Benefits you’ll love:

*Pay amount does not guarantee employment for any particular period of time.

**401(k) match contributions are subject to the plan’s vesting schedule and applicable IRS limits

***ProfitSharing contributions are subject to plan’s vesting schedule and are made at the discretion of the Company.

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Job posted: 2023-08-22