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Assistant General Counsel - Corp & Transactional

Posted Mar 07
Full Time
Houston, Texas

Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) is one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. Access to reliable, affordable energy is a critical component for improving lives around the world. We are committed to providing energy transportation and storage services in a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible manner for the benefit of the people, communities and businesses we serve. We own an interest in or operate approximately 82,000 miles of pipelines, 139 terminals, 702 billion cubic feet of working natural gas storage capacity and have renewable natural gas generation capacity of approximately 6.1 Bcf per year with an additional 0.8 Bcf in development. Our pipelines transport natural gas, refined petroleum products, crude oil, condensate, CO2, renewable fuels and other products, and our terminals store and handle various commodities including gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, chemicals, metals, petroleum coke, and ethanol and other renewable fuels and feedstocks. 


Position Description:

This is an Assistant General Counsel position within Kinder Morgan, Inc.’s corporate legal group, reporting to the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary and supporting several functions within Kinder Morgan, including corporate development, commercial, and business development within the Products, CO2 and Natural Gas Pipelines business segments. The candidate must be an experienced and versatile lawyer capable of handling complex legal matters and business transactions.  This is a position in Kinder Morgan’s headquarters office in Houston, Texas and is eligible to participate in a hybrid work model.  Core responsibilities would include the following:


  • Review and negotiate parent guarantees, surety bonds and other forms of credit support for commercial transactions.
  • Provide legal support for M&A activities including reviewing confidentiality agreements and performing due diligence.
  • Provide legal support to commercial and business development team members within the Products, CO2 and Natural Gas Pipelines business segments with respect to joint ventures, development projects and commercial transactions, including preparing letters of intent, precedent agreements, gathering, processing, and transportation agreements, and product sales agreements.
  • Provide legal support to the Products Pipelines commercial team members marketing crude oil and refined products.
  • Evaluate legal and business risks and advise clients accordingly.


Education and Experience:

  • Possess a JD from an accredited law school and be licensed to practice law.
  • Must possesses 5 to 15 years of legal experience with a reputable law firm, in-house with an energy company, or a combination between the two.   
  • Substantial experience with M&A transactions, joint ventures, development of infrastructure projects and commercial transactions in the midstream industry.


Skills and Abilities:

  • A team player who is flexible and willing to do what it takes to support effective operation of Kinder Morgan’s business. 
  • Must be nimble, responsive, and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment across a wide range of matters, including matters that call for flexibility and developing new skills. 
  • The candidate must have experience and comfort working with clients at all levels of a company, including management.
  • Requires a motivated self-starter with strong skills in drafting and negotiating complex agreements. 
  • Must have excellent writing, research and communications skills.
  • Must have the ability to effectively collaborate with attorneys and colleagues and balance competing work obligations for multiple clients within the organization.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER STATEMENT: We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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