Associate General Counsel - Distributed Generation and Transactional

Duke Energy IndianaCharlotte, North CarolinaFull TimeHybrid

Position Summary

Associate General Counsel is a mid-level position responsible for providing commercial legal services to support the business operations of Duke Energy Corporation and its affiliates (collectively, the “Company”), as needed, with special emphasis on negotiation, drafting, and legal advice related to a variety of commercial transactions, including software licensing and technology agreements, IP management, services agreements, and agreements related to new products and customer programs.  The position requires independent judgment and frequent contact with clients and others internal and external to the Company under the general direction of a Deputy General Counsel.

Provide high quality and timely legal advice and counsel in support of the business unit or legal practice area of specialty.   The role requires the candidate possess proficient oral and written communication skills and develop relationships with clients to ensure client communication and responsiveness.  Demonstrate responsiveness and teamwork within the legal department.  Develop knowledge of company and industry. 



  • Contribute to projects of significant importance to the Company from a risk, monetary or policy perspective.  Work with and at the direction of Deputy General Counsel.  

  • Consult with Deputy General Counsel and other Company in-house counsel and outside counsel on legal issues with significant value, or which may have economic, political or media implications for the Company.  

  • Manage and resolve legal matters, as lead in-house counsel, arising out of the Company’s businesses, including various software and technology transactions, IP management, services agreements, and agreements related to new products and customer programs, with limited supervision and guidance.

  • Provide quality, timely legal advice to management for day-to-day matters and major ongoing legal projects that fall within the incumbent’s realm of expertise.

  • Draft, review, and negotiate complex legal agreements.

  • Extensive work on non-routine matters requiring a broad and thorough understanding of the Company and its business environment.

  • Work to establish professional relationships within the Company related to areas of subject matter expertise. 

  • Frequently meet with and counsel individuals within the Company.

  • Work with and manage outside counsel to maximize efficiency.

  • Comply with processes to protect the company from unnecessary risks and liabilities, including all reporting requirements.

  • Remain current on legal trends, laws and regulations and proactively communicate information to other attorneys in the Legal Department.

  • Maintain job-related technical knowledge and skills, and in-depth knowledge of issues relating to the utility industry.

  • Lead and/or serve on committees, special projects or other assignments as directed to further departmental goals.


Basic/Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (JD) from an accredited law school

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience practicing law

  • Licensed to practice law in North Carolina or Licensed to practice in any state in the US and eligible for admission under North Carolina bar rules


Desired Qualifications

  • Three or more years’ experience practicing in software and technology agreements

  • Experience drafting and negotiating complex commercial contracts

  • Experience handling matters for public utility companies

  • Knowledge of Duke Energy and its various business operations

  • Knowledge and experience in the energy industry

  • Licensed to practice in North Carolina

  • Strong verbal communication skills

  • Experience analyzing complex matters and reducing them to manageable products and communications

  • Sound judgment and decision-making

  • Ability to manage multiple complex matters simultaneously

  • Ability to take initiative and work independently

  • Ability to work as a part of a team of other lawyers and business people


Working Conditions

  • It is expected and preferred that this position be based in Charlotte, NC.

  • Hybrid – Work will be performed from both remote and onsite locations after the onboarding period. However, hybrid employees should live within a reasonable commute to the designated Duke Energy facility.

  • Periodic, infrequent travel within the US will be required.


Travel Requirements



Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable)



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Posting Expiration Date

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.


Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.


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