Counsel/Senior Counsel, Lower 48 Transactions

ConocoPhillipsHouston, TexasFull TimeHybrid

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Job Summary:


Counsel/Senior Counsel – Lower 48 Transactions, reporting to Lead Counsel – Lower 48 Transactions. Member of the legal team that supports ConocoPhillips’ Lower 48 acquisitions, divestitures, and other material transactions.


Job Description:

Your responsibilities may include:

  • Advising clients throughout the transactional life cycle, including conducting due diligence, reviewing marketing materials, assisting in preparation for data rooms, negotiating confidentiality agreements, participating in negotiations, and facilitating closing and post-closing matters
  • Drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, lease and producing property exchange agreements, conveyance documents, and other types of agreements common to acquisitions, divestitures, farmouts, and exchanges in the industry
  • Identifying and analyzing legal issues and providing legal advice to management and staff regarding transactions and related oil and gas and commercial matters
  • Collaborating with other functions within ConocoPhillips and the Legal Department, including operational attorneys, Corporate A&D, Business Development, Lower 48 Land, HSE, HR, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Supply Chain, and Tax on matters affecting those specialty areas
  • Providing direction on the design, development, and implementation of policies and procedures for the purpose of proactively handling legal risk in Lower 48 transactions
  • Collaborating with peers to continuously improve transactional practice through forms development, peer reviews, continuing education and training, and other improvement efforts



  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer
  • J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association
  • Admission to any State Bar
  • 5+ years of experience handling domestic oil and gas exploration and production transactions and related agreements and legal issues
  • Willing and able (with or without reasonable accommodations) to travel 10% on a yearly basis



  • Strong written and oral communication and contract drafting skills
  • Thorough working knowledge of exploration and production transactions and related contracts, including both general oil and gas operational matters and A&D transactions.
  • Mature judgment and discretion
  • Strong individual initiative, discipline, and commitment to superior performance and continuous learning and improvement
  • Strong drafting, negotiation, advocacy, presentation, and collaboration skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing
  • Ability to manage and prioritize assignments that may be broad in scope and complexity, and that involve collaboration with employees in different departments or with varying levels of seniority
  • Ability to work well under pressure and handle multiple deadlines and transactions
  • Ability to work independently within broadly defined objectives, performing job functions without extensive supervision
  • Ability to learn quickly and apply Company policies, procedures, operations, and industry practices
  • Strong analytical, conceptual, problem-solving, planning, evaluation, and legal project management skills
  • Ability to establish professional credibility with variety of clients and management
  • Takes ownership of actions and follows through on commitments by holding others accountable and standing up for what's right
  • Listens actively and invites new ideas for shared understanding, then influences and acts to drive positive performance and achieve results
  • Builds positive relationships based on trust and seeks collaboration across organizational boundaries to achieve goals
  • Analyzes stakeholder needs, global, political, and market trends to understand how they shape the future and impact business results



ConocoPhillips’ sponsorship for employment authorization in the U.S. is NOT available for this position.



In the US, ConocoPhillips is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.

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