Senior Counsel

SB EnergyCaliforniaFull TimeHybrid

Do you want to work with high caliber professionals in a dynamic and growing company? Are you entrepreneurial, hard-working, and collegial? Are you committed to advancing the clean energy revolution? Join us at SB Energy, a world-leading company backed by SoftBank and Ares pairing cutting-edge innovation with best-in-class execution. Our Mission is to provide flexible renewable energy at scale, accelerating the global energy transition and benefiting our planet, customers, communities, and people.

SB Energy develops, constructs, and owns & operates some of the largest and most technically advanced renewable projects across the United States, with Headquarters in Redwood City, CA. The company was formed in 2015 as a subsidiary of Japanese multinational conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. SB Energy launched its United States platform in 2019 and has quickly become one of the largest solar and storage developer/IPPs in the U.S.  With almost 1.7 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy projects in operation and a multi-GW pipeline, SB Energy is building the renewable energy future – today. SB Energy also utilizes its strong culture of innovation to identify and incorporate new technology into our projects, including our AI-based digital platform, to deliver renewable energy that is local, reliable, and matched to load.

Come join us in accelerating the energy transition to cleaner, more sustainable sources of power! 

Basic Function

Provide legal counsel to SB Energy’s US team and support growth of the platform. This position reports to the General Counsel.


  • Provide counsel to management and project teams as the business positions itself to capture emerging opportunities in the following segments of the energy industry: utility scale-solar, development and acquisition of new technologies, battery storage, etc.  
  • Support, negotiate and review acquisition structures and documentation as we grow our pipeline and enter new markets with new technologies.
  • Research, review, interpret, draft, and negotiate project documents such as power purchase agreements, EPC agreements and O&M Agreements.
  • Research, review, interpret, draft, and negotiate financing documents, including tax equity structures, sale-leaseback structures, mezzanine financings and traditional project debt financing.
  • Manage and supervise outside counsel within budgetary constraints; review and approve outside counsel invoices.
  • Provide counsel on legal issues identified by development and operations teams in connection with development and operating projects.
  • Assist with respect to management of litigation and other dispute resolution processes.
  • Provide general support on company legal matters across all business and administrative departments; interpret and apply legal requirements to the business - in particular, laws, regulations, and rules relating to business activities, as well as implementation of policies, training, or other processes.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job.  They are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so assigned.


  • JD and strong academic record from a leading law school.
  • Licensed to practice law in applicable state.
  • 4-6 years of relevant experience at a major law firm or with a sophisticated in-house legal department.
  • Significant experience advising clients with respect to transactions in the renewables industry, with a focus on M&A and/or project finance.
  • Business acumen and excellent commercial judgment.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member; ability to set priorities and to respond to changing demands from multiple sources.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) including ability to work independently; project management skills; ability to negotiate; ability to provide a high level of client service and build consensus across a matrixed client organization.
  • Ability to interface with all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to take lead on any responsibilities within the job description, with support from outside counsel and/or other members of the internal legal team.

Location: San Francisco Bay Area; San Diego, CA; Denver, CO; Phoenix, AZ preferred. 

The position may require up to 10% domestic travel (once normal and safe travel requirements resume)

Compensation packages are based on several factors that are unique to each candidate, such as skill set, experience, certifications, specific work location, and other non-discriminatory factors permitted by law. Base pay may vary per location due to differences in the cost of living.

The total compensation package for this position may also include an annual discretionary bonus, full Health & Wellness Benefits package, generous Long Term Incentive plan designed with our partnership mentality in mind, and other applicable incentive perks as outlined in any formal offer made. The final compensation package will be discussed with the candidate during the final stages of the hiring process.

Our Health & Wellness Benefits

SB Energy’s Benefits programs are designed to support our team members and their families while keeping their well-being, happiness, and varying needs in mind. SB Energy employees may enroll in our benefits programs and take advantage of customized perks and offerings, including those designed to support families, however defined. We offer the following benefits to all team members:

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance: 100% premium covered by the company, for employees and dependents​
  • Long-Term Disability (LTD), Life Insurance, AD&D and Voluntary Legal ​Insurance Plan
  • Competitive Retirement Benefits with 401(k) company match
  • Generous Paid Time Off and 11 Paid Company Holidays
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 12 weeks fully paid Parental Leave
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) –​ Medical & Dependent FSA; Transit & Commuter FSA with employer contributions
  • Mental Health Wellness Offerings
  • Discounted Physical Wellness plan & Pet Insurance
  • Monthly reimbursement for Phone/Internet/Data
  • Phone Equipment Purchase Benefits
  • Thoughtful Hybrid Workplace Set-up Benefits

Promote Sustainability with a Purpose - At SB Energy, you may choose to become a part of our ‘Just Renewables’ Committee and work along with team members who share a belief in pursuing our mission in such a way that empowers a diverse and inclusive workforce that advances social justice and equity for our employees as well as partners and communities!

SB Energy is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class. SB Energy strives to create an inclusive culture and safe environment for all.

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