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Senior Counsel - Regulatory (FERC)

Posted Jun 08
Full Time
HybridLos Angeles, California

Job Description

About Us 

At SoCalGas, we believe that every Californian deserves a resilient energy future.  We are working to achieve that future by empowering California to reach its sustainability goals through innovation, collaboration, and decarbonization. As our state’s energy needs change, we will be there providing reliable energy that is clean, safe, and affordable to our 22 million customers.    

In addition to helping shape the future of hydrogen technology and clean energy, as an employee of SoCalGas you’ll also enjoy an aggressive total compensation plan, multiple upward mobility opportunities and the ability to find a true work life balance.   We also strive to reflect the communities we serve by attracting top talent and maintaining a diverse workforce.  To discover more about how rewarding it is to work here, we invite you to visit these pages on our website: Our MissionDiversity, Equity and InclusionSustainabilityIn the Community, and Employee Benefits. Join SoCalGas today to share in our mission to build the cleanest, safest, and most innovative energy company in America!     


Primary Purpose

SoCalGas is seeking an attorney to handle a wide range of regulatory proceedings for the Company in a lead counsel capacity. This position will primarily focus on regulatory matters at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as well as California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Act as lead counsel for a wide range of federal and state regulatory proceedings for SoCalGas
  • Handle fast-paced proceedings and matters and provide timely advice and counsel to internal clients, particularly the Gas Acquisition department, and the law department.
  • Provide legal advice and counsel for highly complex, technical, and/or sensitive issues to the business unit or other client groups as necessary.
  • Interact regularly with internal clients and understand the goals and sensitivities of the business unit.
  • Ensure that law department management and/or business unit leadership stays regularly informed regarding proceedings.
  • Position is based in downtown Los Angeles.

$175400 - $292900 / year 

Total Rewards Philosophy

SoCalGas strives to ensure that employees are paid equitably and competitively. Starting salaries

may vary based on factors such as relevant experience, qualifications, and education.

SoCalGas offers a competitive total rewards package that goes beyond base salary. This position is

eligible for an annual performance-based incentive (bonus) as well as long-term incentive plans and other merit-based recognition. Company benefits include health and welfare (medical, dental, vision), employer contributions to retirement benefits, life insurance, paid time off, as well as other company offerings such as tuition reimbursement, paid parental leave, and employee assistance programs.

Work Schedule
HYBRID: Work a combination of onsite and remote days each week, typically 2-3 days per week.



  • JD (Juris Doctor). Graduate from a nationally recognized law school. Top academic credentials desired.


  • 8+ years' experience required in litigation, preferably before different adjudicatory bodies, including court, arbitration and/or proceedings handled by administrative law judges. FERC regulatory law experience required. Trial experience is highly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Deep knowledge of the FERC-regulated utility industry, particularly for natural gas pipelines, and in areas focused on gas market and trading expertise and FERC gas ratemaking.  Knowledge of affiliate compliance, and regulatory accounting and finance are also desirable.
  • Ability to represent SoCalGas as the lead lawyer in regulatory proceedings, such as independently handle regulatory proceedings before federal and state regulatory agencies.
  • Excellent written and oral advocacy and communication skills and strong analytic ability
  • Ability to quickly learn and ability to apply regulatory knowledge to various legal situations affecting the Business Unit.
  • Excellent judgment and willingness to learn, accept new challenges, and work on a team. 

Other Qualifications 

  • Some in and out-of-state travel required (primarily to San Francisco and DC). 
  • Admission to the California Bar and/or the DC Bar highly preferred.  Attorneys licensed in a state outside California may apply, subject to registering as an in-house attorney in accordance with the California Supreme Court and State Bar rules if hired. Required to be a member in good standing. 


SoCalGas offers a comprehensive benefits program to help support employees both personally and professionally. These benefits include, but are not limited to:  

  • Competitive pay & Annual Bonus program  
  • Medical, dental, and vision packages (plus free Mental Health resources/sessions)  
  • 401K company match & Company provided Pension Plan  
  • Work/Life Balance including generous PTO  
  • Wellness Programs/Classes   
  • Tuition/Education Reimbursement  
  • Career Development Tools & Resources through SoCalGas University