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Senior Counsel (Operations)

$150,000- $180,000
Posted Apr 10
Full Time
Los Angeles, California

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of over 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

AECOM ’s Design and Consulting Services-Americas legal department is actively seeking a creative, highly talented attorney to support AECOM’s operations in the Western U.S. This will be a hybrid position including a combination of both remote and in-office, with the expectation to go into the office at least 3 days a week.

This role will be based out of larger AECOM offices located within the West Region to include, but not be limited to, Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; and Denver, CO.

The appropriately qualified applicant will be able to demonstrate an established career in professional services and construction litigation with a strong understanding of legal issues related to contracts for engineering, construction, and other technical services.

The responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Guidance on risk management and adherence to company policies
  • Review, draft, and negotiate contracts, subcontracts and other legal documents relating to architecture, engineering, construction, environmental, and other services provided by the company to clients in the public and private sectors, including documents related to teaming arrangements, joint ventures, confidentiality agreements, licenses, purchase and sales agreements, insurance, and other matters
  • Act in an advisory capacity making recommendations that may have an important bearing on the conduct of the organization's business
  • Work with management and staff to resolve pre-litigation disputes and potential claims
  • Supervise and manage litigation, including professional liability, breach of contract, and personal injury/wrongful death matters, utilizing outside counsel retained by the company to maximize quality and cost-effectiveness
  • Manage external counsel and litigation budgets
  • Handle subpoenas, document requests, and other litigation related items with limited support staff
  • Prepare and review disclosures to public agencies and support corporate secretary functions
  • Review and conduct research into legislation, cases and legal precedents and emerging government policies to the extent required to address contract-specific or other matters
  • Prepare and review legal memoranda and briefs relating to organizational risks and activities
  • Provide staff with guidance on compliance with federal and provincial laws, statutes and regulations
  • Provide support to multiple offices, and support other team members within the broader West Region as may be necessary based on experience and/or work loads
  • Support the legal department’s goals of diversity, equity and inclusion amongst the legal department, the company and outside vendors.


Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS + at least 6 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

As well as:

  • J.D. Degree from accredited law school
  • Member in good standing with any U.S. state bar
  • Demonstrated legal experience with a major engineering company, contractor, consultant or law firm in the areas of engineering and construction law
  • Capable of presenting before senior management
  • Capable of working independently with minimal oversight
  • Demonstrated drafting and negotiation experience involving professional services and construction related agreements
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to travel periodically - approximately 10%

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience at an engineering, architecture or construction company
  • Well-developed communications skills; ability to clearly and concisely express legal issues and analysis as it pertains to business and technical concerns to executive management, commercial and finance colleagues, technical colleagues and peers
  • Outgoing, personable and a team player
  • Self-driven & resourceful to achieve goals independently and in groups
  • Flexibility to adjust and thrive in an environment with changing requirements, schedules and priorities
  • Ability to generate ideas, make recommendations & come to consensus
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and meeting facilitation skills

Additional Information

  • This position does not include sponsorship for United States work authorization now or in the future
  • Relocation assistance and/or per diem is not offered for this position
  • All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines
  • Offered rate of compensation (California Locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $150,000 - $180,000 annually.

Offered rate of compensation will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The range for this position is 150000.00 to 180000.00.


AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S. and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.

AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10106999

Business Line: Geography OH

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: AME Support

Career Area: Legal

Work Location Model: Hybrid

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