Utility Exempt Attorney

State of IndianaIndianapolis, IndianaOtherOn Site

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

About the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC):

The OUCC’s mission is to represent all Indiana consumers to ensure quality, reliable utility services at the most reasonable prices possible through dedicated advocacy, consumer education and creative problem solving. For more information about the OUCC, visit the website at www.in.gov/oucc, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/IndianaOUCC, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/IndianaOUCC.

Salary Information:

The starting salary for this position typically starts at $65,000.00 but is commensurate with education and/or experience.

About the Job:

You will provide competent legal representation on behalf of the ratepaying public primarily before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (“IURC”) and occasionally other regulatory bodies, as well as state and federal courts. Duties are performed with little or no supervision and position requires self-motivation, discipline, and initiative. Reports directly to Chief Deputy Consumer Counselor.

A Day in the Life:

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:
Advocates and represents the interests of ratepayers in utility proceedings (trials) usually before the IURC.
Prepares and presents witnesses and exhibits in evidentiary hearings; cross examines witnesses from utilities or other interested parties; drafts legal pleadings, trial and appellate briefs, motions and proposed orders; conducts discovery; participates in settlement negotiations.
Works closely with technical staff assigned to case.
Works closely with Leadership to develop and carry out Agency policy.

Other Duties/Responsibilities:
Contributes to the achievement of overall Agency and Division goals.
Learns and identifies current utility regulatory practices.
Assists in the drafting and editing of testimony.
Participates in occasional IURC field hearings at various locations throughout the state.
Reviews orders from the IURC, FERC, and other utility jurisdictions as well as utility periodicals to keep informed of utility issues.
Attends continuing legal and technical seminars/conferences.
Analyzes proposed legislation.
Assists External Affairs Director in drafting accurate press releases.
Engages in continuous personal and professional development.
All other duties assigned.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • JD degree; admission to the Indiana bar; and an attorney in good standing before the Supreme Court of Indiana.
  • General competence in litigation, including a thorough understanding of applicable rules of evidence and trial procedure.
  • Ability to present complex evidence to the tribunal in a persuasive manner.
  • General knowledge of accounting, finance, economics, and engineering.
  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks and engage in creative problem solving.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to make reasoned recommendations to agency Leadership.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, technical consultants and the public.
  • Ability to become fully conversant with Title 8 of the Indiana Code and Title 170 of the Indiana Administrative Code.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave
  • Free Parking
  • Free LinkedIn Learning

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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