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American Water Paralegal IV in San Francisco, California

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

Primary Role

Assist and support in-house counsel in advising the business on varied and complex legal matters related to the operations of a regulated water and wastewater utility.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide corporate support including drafting of agendas, corporate resolutions, shareholder consents, and related documents. Maintain and organize databases. Prepare and submit corporate filings.

  • Provide real property transactional support including drafting of leases, licenses, purchase and sale agreements, and deeds. Assist with real estate purchase and sale transactions, including review and implementation of escrow instructions and review of preliminary reports and exceptions. Coordinate due diligence including drafting and managing closing checklists. Follow up on post-closing issues.

  • Perform legal and factual research; organize, analyze, cross-check and validate information; prepare correspondence and memoranda; check and edit forms and documents for accuracy. Organize, build, and maintain matter files; coordinate responses to business record subpoenas; create and update contract templates; review agendas and attend local meetings.

  • 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.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of legal procedures, protocols, terminology and the preparation of complex legal documents.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide clear and accurate documentation and 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.


  • Requires an Associate Degree in business law or legal studies or completion of Paralegal Certification from an ABA accredited program.

  • At least 10 years’ experience as a practicing paralegal or legal assistant, preferably working within the public utility industry.


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  • American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants* based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.