American Water Senior Paralegal in Camden, New Jersey
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Camden, NJ, the company employs over 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit www.amwater.com.
Assist and support counsel in resolving varied and complex legal matters related to the public utilities commission and other regulatory issues affecting the regulated water and wastewater businesses.
Lead the preparation and completion of rate case filing materials; prepare presentations, legal pleadings, testimony, exhibits and schedules. Research, prepare, compile and extract required information.
Monitor PUC calendar; coordinate and plan schedules with PUC docket office and staff to ensure required attendance at public meetings, hearings and workshops. Prepare and distribute meeting agendas and applicable supporting materials and resources.
Manage, develop and implement day-to-day discovery and audit process activities; research, locate and organize data requests, prepare draft responses to questions; research, locate and organize requests for accounting records; prepare draft responses for financial information.
Assist in preparation of complex legal briefs and documentation for evidentiary hearings; draft pleading and legal templates; complete cite checking; conduct interviews with witnesses, prepare deposition information, witness materials; investigate facts; assist at hearings and settlement discussions.
Coordinate and collaborate with representatives of internal business units, as necessary to assist in coordinating and providing in-house legal services or improve legal support processes; assist and act as a resource for colleagues with less experience.
Organize and maintain document intensive data and databases using business technology applications; may include data analytics and reporting, data preservation, data collection (independently and through coordination of external and internal resources), physical documents, exhibits and evidence
Track, prepare, reconcile and submit corporate expense statements.
Conducts first-line review of expense statements and ensures timely and accurate processing. Preemptively handle missing items. Process invoices and other budgetary items ensuring prompt processing and accuracy of all. Manage all PO's, monitor budget and spend.
Monitor and maintain relationships with outside legal services; track and report on associated time and cost; make recommendations to improve quality, cost and efficiency of acquired outside legal services.
Knowledge / Skills
Demonstrated knowledge of legal procedures, protocols, terminology and the preparation of complex legal documents.
Demonstrated public utility commission knowledge and ability to translate and explain related concepts and requirements to others.
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide clear and accurate documentation; how to approach and converse with everyone from clients and court officials to opposing parties
Advanced knowledge of personal computing, MS Office Suite applications, internet options/sites, and social media and social networking sites.
Knowledge and ability of project management; to work on and juggle multiple complex cases and projects within competing deadlines.
Experience / Education
At least 6 years’ experience as a practicing paralegal or legal assistant working within the public utility industry.
Requires an Associate Degree in business law or legal studies or completion of Paralegal Certification from an ABA accredited program.
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