Senior Counsel

Bechtel CorporationReston, VirginiaFull TimeHybrid

Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world’s largest infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safe, cleaner place. Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers' objectives to create a lasting positive impact.  We serve the Infrastructure, Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.  Core to Bechtel are our values - ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our covenants - integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery.  They are what we believe, what customers can expect, and how we deliver.

Position Summary

Provides legal advice and guidance on Bechtel’s insured litigation and claims and the insurance coverage for such litigation and claims.  The legal work is typically complex, involving multiple parties, outside counsel, and insurers.  Issues are often unique and require original and creative legal solutions.  Ability to maintain and to manage good working relationships with GBU and project personnel, outside counsel, brokers, and insurer representatives is very important.


  • Manages insured litigation and claims.
  • Directs work of outside local defending company in insured litigation and claims.
  • Develops and implements legal strategy for insured litigation and claims.
  • Works with company personnel and counsel to gather facts and respond to requests for documents and information necessary for defense of insured litigation and claims.
  • Supervises work of legal assistants and information resources specialists.
  • Interviews and evaluates potential witnesses.
  • Assists in selection and preparation of expert witnesses.
  • Evaluates and assists outside counsel in preparation of cases for settlement and trial.
  • Analyzes lawsuits and claims for insurance coverage.
  • Provides legal advice and guidance on insurance coverage.
  • Provides insurance training to project management.
  • Consults with risk managers, business development personnel and Global Business Units on appropriate policies and policy wording for bids and new projects.
  • Consults with legal and risk managers on contract wording pertaining to insurance, indemnity, claims and dispute resolution.
  • Analyzes claims portfolios to identify trends, mitigate risk, and minimize exposure.
  • Designs and implements claims processes for active projects. Advises projects on claim prevention or mitigation strategies.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with key insurers and brokers.
  • Conducts legal research.

Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications:

  • JD degree with excellent academic credentials.
  • Federal or State Court clerkship desired.
  • Active State Bar membership.
  • At least 8 years litigation experience, preferably with a major law firm.
  • Experience managing document collection and reviews in large, complex matters using electronic document and case management systems, including close collaboration with litigation support personnel, and oversight of electronic discovery vendors.
  • Trial, deposition, and witness preparation experience required.
  • Knowledge of insurance coverage and experience evaluating insurance coverage preferred.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in a team environment.
  • Superior interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Interest in other countries, cultures, and global business issues.

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

In accordance with Bechtel's duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace for our employees and to safeguard the health of our families, customers, and visitors, we have adopted mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols for each work location, which may include a vaccination or testing requirement. Please speak with your Bechtel recruiter to determine which protocols apply to the work location for the job you are seeking.

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