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Legal Counsel

Date: Feb 6, 2019

Location: Houston, TX, US

Company: TransCanada

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Legal Counsel 

Reference Code: 54604 


Location: United States (US)  - Houston, TX 
Job Category: Legal
Employment Type: Employee Full-time
Relocation Eligibility: This position is not eligible for our relocation program   

General Information

This position will report to the Director, U.S Natural Gas Pipeline Law – Environmental and Pipeline Safety. The individual will be primarily responsible for providing legal advice on environmental, pipeline safety and regulatory matters related to the operations of the Company’s U.S. gas pipelines as well as support for new natural gas transmission and midstream pipeline development projects. 



  • Provide support, guidance and legal opinions to the U.S. Natural Gas Pipeline business unit on environmental, health and safety as well as and pipeline safety matters arising from the operation of existing company facilities;
  • Handle and manage external counsel in environmental and pipeline safety matters before regulatory/administrative agencies, as well as litigation in these matters by third parties;
  • Assist in managing compliance issues and developing compliance programs in relations to air, asbestos, hydrocarbon, mercury, PCB and Superfund issues and remediation;
  • Providing federal and state siting, permitting and associated regulatory advice to the natural gas pipeline business unit regarding prospective pipeline projects;
  • Participate as a member of the US emergency response program;
  • Monitor, provide updates and advise on proposed and new law and regulations that impact the business unit;
  • Participate on behalf of the Company in industry groups and trade associations.



  • An understanding of the natural gas pipeline businesses and direct experience with some or all environmental and pipeline safety regulatory interpretation, litigation management, and siting and permitting of natural gas pipelines;
  • Demonstrated ability and experience providing legal advice on applicable U.S federal and state laws, regulations and practices related to the siting and approval of natural gas pipelines;
  • Strong advocacy skills, both oral and written;
  • An ability and willingness to travel within North America as required;
  • Non-legal/technical experience would be an asset;
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to support diverse client groups and handle multiple files, and
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well both independently and in a team environment.


Education and Experience:

  • Juris Doctorate from ABA accredited law school;
  • Licensed to practice law in the US;
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Minimum 4 years of relevant legal experience*
  • Environmental, pipeline safety and regulatory experience, preferred;
  • Willingness and demonstrated ability to understand and work with engineers and other technical disciplines in interpretation and applying regulations.


*Depending on the qualifications of the applicants, the successful candidate may be offered a position at a more appropriate level and/or ladder.

Applicants must have legal authorization to work in the country in which the position is based with no restrictions.

All positions require background screening. Some include criminal and/or credit checks in order to comply with regulations.

Please apply to this posting by 02/19/2018. To apply, go to and enter Reference Code 54604. Only applications submitted through the TransCanada Careers website will be acknowledged.

TransCanada is an equal opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program supervised by the U.S. Government.

Make what you do matter.

At TransCanada we dream big, think big and do big things. For over 60 years, we've had the vision and scale to deliver big things that matter to the world. From supplying reliable and efficient energy to millions of North Americans with our pipelines, gas storage and power generation facilities, we believe in making big things possible. 

TransCanada is looking for people who are willing to think about the future...and think big. We're looking for people who are ready to take on the most significant challenges of their careers and define energy infrastructure in North America.

Thank you for choosing TransCanada in your career search.

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